Culture

Austin tech firms' new recruiting tool: Unlimited time off

Leah Pasch, a technical writer at Indeed.com, will be taking three weeks off in October for a dream vacation to Europe.  As she planned the trip, one thing she didn't have to worry about was using up too much of her vacation time.   Indeed, an Austin-based...

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We tested seven of Austin's post-Uber/Lyft ride-hailing apps

In early May, when the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft pulled up stakes in Austin after the results of a contentious proposition vote, some predicted it would be a transportation disaster. Our town had become accustomed to a certain level of...

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Open Source

Talking selfie elbow and other ergonomic dangers with Texas Standard

This week on the Texas Standard radio, it was time to discuss the ergonomics of technology, and what happens when our gadgets cause to suffer from eye strain, "Text neck," carpel tunnel or the dreaded "Selfie elbow?" In the segment, we talk about...

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Open Source

Want go inside Austin's hottest startups? NewCo Austin conference invites you in

If you want to see inside some of Austin's most promising startups, next week is the time to do it. The NewCo Austin conference, which takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, lets you visit company offices, meet company founders and hear about the work...

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How and why did 'Pokemon Go' happen?

Yes, a weird thing has happened and if you are struggling to understand it, you are not alone. "Pokemon Go" has happened and it is the rare technological phenomenon that with very little warning became so popular and mainstream so quickly -- within...

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A rocky evolution of video and social media with week's police shootings 

In a lot of ways, social media was embarrassing, toxic and often simply wrong  in its handling of three high-profile news incidents this week, which culminated in a sniper attack on police officers in Dallas Thursday night. Facts were off, politicians...

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Open Source

Is Wal-Mart keeping up with new mobile pay and online shipping options?

What's likely retail giant Wal-Mart's least-favorite made-up holiday, Amazon Prime Day, happens on Tuesday. Is the company worried about ceding ground to the online shopping giant? It sure feels like it with two of Wal-Mart's recent moves; they involve...

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Open Source

10 Tweets About... National Camera Day

Twitter got to celebrating #NationalCameraDay on Wednesday, honoring imaging technology both recent and historical. Here's some of the best Tweets we found:

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Open Source

Morning Tech Crawl: Hillary's tech plan, Wal-Mart's Prime move and Evernote's price jump

Happy Wednesday, Austin! Here's some of the news in tech that's making blogs buzz this morning:   Tech agendas on the campaign trail Hillary Clinton released her tech agenda on Monday, which The New York Times describes as being themed, "technology...

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What to avoid when planning panels at events like SXSW

It’s painful to sit through a bad panel at a conference.  If you attend these kinds of educational gatherings, you know that the quality of the speakers can make a panel.  In the past few years of South by Southwest, I’ve taken note of some of the...

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