Culture

6 Texans, 3 from Austin, land on Forbes’ ‘100 greatest living business minds’

Marking 100 years in publication, Forbes compiled a list of the 100 “greatest living business minds.” And Texas didn’t go without its share of recognition. Six Texans, half of whom are from Austin, were included on the list, and shared tales of their...

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Apple’s disconnect: $1,000+ phones in a devastating hurricane season

The Apple Event on Tuesday, in which the world’s largest tech company debuted several significant new products, begins with a tribute to late founder Steve Jobs, then pivots about six minutes in to an acknowledgment of the devastation brought by Hurricane...

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How the city’s innovation fellows program is applying private-sector design thinking to public sector problems

Austin Resource Recovery had a problem. The city department responsible for collecting waste and recycling had set a goal of reaching “zero waste,” which means keeping nearly all materials out of the landfills, by 2040. But it wasn’t going very well...

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Social media as lifeline, mobilizer during Hurricane Harvey, aftermath

When faced with the loss of their homes and, in some cases, the possibility of death, victims of Hurricane Harvey reached for the tool so many of us use every day: their smart phones.  Whether they were trying to share photos and videos of the devastation...

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With ‘Pong to Pokémon,’ Bullock Museum spotlights games as art and artifact

Even in an age when practically anything can be looked up instantaneously, there are some pieces of knowledge that defy second-hand learning. Such as: why the joystick for the arcade console version of “Ms. Pac-Man” feels so perfectly clicky, with...

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Open Source

Quiz: How well do you know Austin tech offices?

The 512tech team has seen its share of Austin tech offices, and after a while, they all start to look alike.  Tech companies big and small have embraced the open-office layout, with exposed ductwork and playful colors and furnishings. It’s the stainless...

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Rooster Teeth offers up more animation, musical  performances with RTX 2017 event in Austin

In the summer of 2011, Gustavo Sorola, one of the co-founders of Austin’s Rooster Teeth Productions, approached the Austin Convention Center about hosting the video collective’s 2012 RTX event, a big video game and Internet culture conference. It...

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A retro-styled return of party video games

There used to be a kind of video game that invited (mostly innocent) trash talk, victorious fist pumps and very loud involuntary noises (grunts, yelps, the occasional guttural scream) from its players. They were played on shag-carpeted living-room...

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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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