Culture

Declaring independence from our social media obligations

A few weeks ago, my daughter Lilly played guitar in her school’s talent show. She’s only 9. I never performed in any talent show and it wasn’t until long after high school that I ever got the gumption to perform on any stage by myself. I Tweeted, “My...

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Tech Crawl: Tech leaders unhappy about Paris pullout; Nintendo’s Switch subscription plans and Blue Apron’s IPO

TGIF, folks! You made it through another week. Here’s some of the tech stories we’ve been catching up on today: Tech leaders weigh in on Trump’s climate decision Elon Musk’s Thursday Tweet about leaving president Donald Trump’s advisory councils...

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Looking to change Austin through 'civic hacking'

Civic engagement isn’t a new concept.  To many, it might not seem like there is new ground to break, but there is something fresh brewing: civic hacking, fueled by the evolving role of technology in this space. So what is "civic hacking?" The concept...

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Talking about WannaCry ransomware’s aftermath with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed the fallout from the WannaCry ransomware, which infected hundreds of thousands of Windows systems, mostly overseas, and which involved the NSA, Microsoft and Wikileaks, among others. You...

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Gadgets galore at B8ta, a new boutique for techies at The Domain

Starting Saturday, Austin gadget hounds will have a new place to sniff out and try gear.  B8ta, a new retail chain based out of of San Francisco that sells technology products that largely fall into the “Internet of Things” category, is expanding...

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The New York Times features the CEO of Austin startup YouEarnedIt in its Corner Office column

Austin startup founder Autumn Manning is on a roll. In January, her company, YouEarnedIt, raised its first round of venture capital -- a $6.5 million infusion from Austin-based Silverton Partners and San Francisco-based IDG Ventures USA. The fast-growing...

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Black Angels in VR: frustrating, super cool and a possible glimpse at a future for concerts

It’s likely that five years from now, attending concerts via virtual reality will be a thing.   It’s plausible that superstar artists booking one-off live performances, and big ticket festivals — the Coachellas and the Lollapaloozas of the world —...

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Did Austin tech doom Austin’s music scene in 1984? Not so much, it turns out

If you’ve got a few minutes, you should read this delightful “Wayback Wednesday” post from Austin360’s Peter Blackstock about a 1984 UPI story that proves the more things change, the more they stay the same. The story’s headline is “Austin’s high-tech...

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Got a billion-dollar startup? Put on this horn, you’re a ‘Unicorn’

It’s become a word that draws envy, admiration and, more recently derision and skepticism, but if you’re not wrapped up in Silicon Valley tech culture, you may not be familiar with the term “Unicorn.” At its most basic, a unicorn in the tech world...

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