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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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Despite some glitches, VR cinema takes a leap forward at SXSW 2018

Virtual reality technology, which made such a splash at South by Southwest two years ago, mostly for gaming experience, took a sizable leap forward this week, at least judging by its presence at the SXSW Virtual Cinema. What last year felt like a...

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Talking with Texas Standard about high-tech ways to watch the Winter Olympics

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about new ways to watch the Winter Olympics, including viewing broadcasts in 4K quality and getting a virtual-reality view of the sports. Unfortunately, there are lots of hoops to jump through...

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This new Austin app wishes you ‘luck’ in finding the perfect date

“Date a real man. Not a basic boy.” That’s the phrase you’re greeted with when you visit the website for LUCK, a new Austin-based dating app. “What makes LUCK better than other dating apps is we make a concerted effort to keep basic boys off of our...

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Austin Answered: What’s the story behind Austin’s ‘Ramp of Mystery’?

If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears, a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field.  It’s a steep ramp with too much of an incline to walk up easily. To the...

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Sorry, Texas: Here’s why you can’t use Google’s art selfie feature

Google’s new Arts & Culture App has been insanely popular over the last week -- and no, it’s not because people are wanting to brush up on their art history skills (though it’s good for that, too). It’s because there’s a hilarious feature where...

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PAX South returns, brings plenty of cosplay, tourneys and retro thrills for fourth year

In its fourth year in San Antonio, the big PAX South gaming convention continues to be one of the key gathering places for fans of video games and tabletop gaming in the region. Along with SXSW Gaming, Classic Games Fest and RTX, it’s one of the few...

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