Culture

How plausible are the tech nightmares in Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ series? 

Last Friday, tucked between Christmas snoozing and New Year’s Eve revelry, Netflix debuted six new episodes of “Black Mirror,” the British-born anthology series that since 2011 has been provocatively exploring the dark side of our love affair with...

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Facebook’s ‘Engagement bait’ crackdown and 2018 predictions from Omarstradamus on Texas Standard

Even while some of us were busy taking extra-long winter vacation naps and cleaning up several tons of wrapping paper off the floor, 512tech and Texas Standard’s radio program rolled along over Christmas and New Year. Here are two tech-related segments...

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Alexa Dell gets engaged in Hawai‘i over holiday break with 12 carat ring

Like many other couples on a holiday break, Alexa Dell got engaged. Her boyfriend, the millionaire real estate investor Arshia Harrison Refoua, popped the question to Dell at a resort in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i. (The resort is co-owned by Michael Dell...

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A buzzing and then flight: Dripping Springs students learn to program, pilot drones 

It’s a chilly Tuesday morning in December at Walnut Springs Elementary, and the school library is buzzing. Not with gossip or unruly chatter or the burned-off grounds of coffee for teachers, but actual buzzing.  It could be the windup of angry bees...

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Austin's role in the rise of autonomous vehicles        

At a news conference in the spring, Austin Mayor Steve Adler made a bold statement about the city’s future in innovative technology -- specifically, its future in the automotive industry.   “Austin,” Adler said, “should be to automated vehicles what...

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Talking about ways to protect kids online with Texas Standard 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about some strategies for keeping kids safe online, especially in light of recent problems on YouTube with adult-themed videos targeted at kids. You can find the segment, which includes resources...

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California startup XCINEX is betting on moviegoers staying at home

Picture this: A new Marvel superhero movie is about to come into theaters. You’ve been excited to see it ever since the last Marvel movie. The only issue is, you live at least 20 miles from the nearest theater, and only go into town when you really...

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With free ‘Wander’ project, artists want you to choose your own downtown Austin adventure

One of the joys of the old “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, popular in the 1980s and 1990s, was the dead ends. In the series of books, flipping to a page to continue the story could result in your character’s death. But you could always backtrack...

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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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