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Looking for a co-working space? Check out our map

These days it seems like co-working spaces are popping up on every street corner, more ubiquitous than a Starbucks. Fueled by the rise in contract and freelance workers, these flexible spaces are increasingly in demand.  One estimate predicts that...

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Talking about Google’s creepy Duplex voice technology on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed Google’s recent artificial intelligence voice technology, “Duplex,” which has some in the tech industry freaked out by its natural-sounding speech for booking appointments. Does Google...

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Welcome to the startup farm: Why three startups are sharing one Austin house

When Sam Lillie found out that his Washington-based startup Vinder was accepted into a new Austin accelerator program, his plan was to live in his van during the four-month program. He and co-founder Mark DeJarnatt spent three days driving from Port...

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Austin’s Care2Rock looks to pair instructors with music students, foster kids online

Lawyer Karyn Scott was a juvenile prosecutor in Travis County and a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Texas when she decided her side gig as a manager for bands such as Alpha Rev might somehow be a help to kids in the court...

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Why I’m not buying a Tesla Model 3 (at least for now)

There it was, finally real and sitting in the North Austin Tesla showroom, and all I could think was, “Wow, that’s shiny.” Tesla’s Model 3 electric car, the Tesla for the rest of us who haven’t been able to afford the pricier offerings to date from...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Twitter’s password panic, ‘Fortnite’ esports halo effect, Amazon’s spat with Seattle over taxes and ‘Star Wars’ + ‘Arrested Development’

Happy May the Fourth, “Star Wars” fans! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following this morning. Change your Twitter password Twitter users are getting bad news from the company: an internal bug exposed everybody’s passwords. And while there’s...

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15 moments that have defined Austin’s Rooster Teeth 

It all started with a funny web video posted on April Fool’s Day in 2003. A group of friends put together their own scripted dialogue with the video game “Halo: Combat Evolved” to animate a snarky meta commentary on basic Marines-in-space gaming tropes...

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Talking about the Hell that is conference calls on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discuss why so many of us dread web meetings, videoconference chats and conference calls. Sometimes, it’s technological issues (why can’t people mute themselves? Why won’t this browser plug-in work?)...

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Can gliding through downtown Austin on electric bikes (URB-E) and scooters (LimeBike) fix congestion woes?

The thing that takes getting used to is that you’re going to get looks. Cruising down the reddish protected bike lane of downtown Austin’s 3rd Street on a near-soundless set of wheels at speeds of up to 20 mph, bypassing sloggy traffic, the glances...

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