Five things we learned at HBO’s big SXSW ‘Westworld’ activation

When it was announced last month that HBO was bringing its robots-and-Old West series “Westworld” to Austin as a recreation of its fictional-within-a-fictional town of Sweetwater, it was easy to start poking holes in the ambitious South by Southwest...

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From #metoo to racial divide, SXSW 2018 set to take on social issues

When South by Southwest 2018 officially puts its big arms around downtown Austin on Friday morning for the city’s annual bear hug of live music, new films and tech talk, it will provide no shortage of things to talk about. For months the SXSW Conference...

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Is this panel full? 'SXSW Go' app's Red-Yellow-Green tool expanded for 2018

If you ask any longtime attendee of South by Southwest who actually goes to panels what frustrates them the most and they’ll probably tell you it’s not getting into panels when too many people show up, particularly in smaller venue rooms. For 2018...

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SXSW 2018: Get ready for a lot more VR and AR

Two years ago, it felt like South by Southwest was being overtaken by virtual-reality goggles. Big installations by Samsung, which brought a literal roller-coaster ride experience to SXSW, game demos and gimmicky virtual tours were everywhere, timed...

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You could get judged by McConaughey, DJ’d by Snoop Dogg at SXSW pitch event

Sometimes concentrations of major celebrity gatherings at South by Southwest fly under the radar under the sheer crush of RSVPs and event announcements; that may be the case with Pitch Perfect, a $100,000 startup competition taking place Saturday...

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Talking about Snapchat’s recent changes and resurgence with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program’s technology segment, we discussed recent moves by Snap, the parent company of the social network Snapchat, and whether the backlash to its redesign have actually hurt the business or not. You can hear...

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SXSW will return to crowds, criticisms and lots to talk about next week

In 2012, Angelique LaRue, a Los Angeles-based digital and social media manager for a restaurant chain, came to Austin for South by Southwest for the first time.  “I’d been with the company for only a year. I’d had never been to this type of conference...

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Friday Tech Crawl: ‘Ready Player One’ at SXSW, YouTube’s hiring quota, and ‘David Lynch Teaches Typing’

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re looking at this morning. ‘Ready Player One’ is coming to South by Southwest In perhaps the least surprising case of synergy ever, the upcoming Steven Spielberg pop-culture/tech mashup film “Ready...

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Does the idea of electric cars give you ‘Range anxiety?’

Tesla’s Model 3, which despite its slow production issues is creating lots of conversation around less expensive and higher-end electric cars, is bringing up another issue that’s kept some potential buyers leery: “Range anxiety.” When you drive an...

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