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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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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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Thousands of engineers gather in Austin for the Society of Women Engineers conference

More than 14,000 people descended on Austin this week for the sold-out Society for Women Engineers conference, also known as WE17.  The popular conference provides professional development and networking opportunities for primarily women engineers...

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Talking with Texas Standard about portrayals of tech in movies and TV 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talk about how technology and people in the tech industry are portrayed on movies and television, from “Mr. Robot” and “Halt and Catch Fire” to “Silicon Valley” and ‘24.”   You can listen to the segment...

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