Culture

Code schools can be lifeline for those with ‘no options,’ Austin grads say

Over the past four years, code schools in Central Texas have graduated hundreds of students. Code schools say that a majority of these graduates have landed jobs in Austin’s fast-growing tech industry.  We spoke to graduates of three different Austin-area...

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Why some Austin tech companies are offering more paid time off for new parents

Soon after starting a new job in product marketing at Austin software company Bazaarvoice, Adri Nowell found out she was pregnant. Lucky for her, by the time she gave birth to her son Liam in July, Bazaarvoice had decided to add four additional weeks...

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Open Source

Talking about techie kitchen gadgets ahead of Thanksgiving with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we got real about the utility of gadget for the kitchen. Are they really useful to make cooking easier and more fun? And which ones should you be considering as gifts? You can check out the segment on...

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‘DropMix’ changes the game with unique take on music creation

“DropMix” is a really curious attempt at throwing an intriguing gaming concept at the wall with as much style and skill as possible and seeing if it sticks. The hybrid video/music game costs $99, but I’ve seen it on sale for $69 recently online, and...

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Study: Dramatic rise of digital skills should shift job-training focus

A really nice black-and-white print. It’s about all Jana Birchum misses about analog photography. “Otherwise, to hell with it,” Birchum said. “It was a lot of standing around in the dark with smelly chemicals.” These days, she and most of her professional...

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The dilemma for Twitter, Snap and Facebook: Go for growth, or give users what they want?

 According to The Emily Post Institute, when somebody gives you a gift you don’t want, the etiquette is pretty clear: “Issue a warm thank-you; after all, someone did buy you a gift, even if they missed the mark.” If the gift is a complete misfire...

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Why run its San Antonio and other company offices from Austin? TaskUs leader explains

Nine and a half years ago, two buddies who have been business partners since they were 17 years old started a company called TaskUs LLC.  They built it on the idea that, in line with a movement created by “4-Hour Workweek” author Tim Ferriss, everyone...

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Holey rollers: Austin’s competitive Skee-ball players are building the future of the sport

It’s chilly for Austin on the Sunday night before Halloween and it’s getting a little late. The final four rollers have been chosen for the National Brewskee-Ball Championships, an event known to players as “The BEEB.”  The back area of Full Circle...

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Open Source

Why’s retro tech making a comeback? We go back in time with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we take a look back (WAY back) to the 1980s and 1990s, decades that contain gadgets that appear to be making a comeback, from Polaroid film to retro game consoles such as the Nintendo Super NES Classic...

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Mozilla pledges $95,000 to Austin tech-for-good projects

Mozilla, the Mountain View, California-based nonprofit, said it is awarding $95,000 total to seven Austin-based educational tech projects. The money is from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, which awards funding to projects in so-called “Gigabit...

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