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Five things we loved at SXSW Gaming 2017

As if South by Southwest wasn’t overwhelming enough, Thursday saw the beginning of the Gaming Expo, taking over Exhibit Halls 1 and 2 in the process. The expo floor will be open from noon to 8 p.m. through Saturday, giving badge-holders from all three...

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The five coolest things I saw at South by Southwest 2017 (so far)

As I am continually being reminded by crowds that won’t disperse, South by Southwest’s tech portion (”Interactive,” as us old-timers will keep calling it) isn’t over. There’s still another full day of panels and programming, and then there’s SXSW...

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Sensel Morph, Joe Biden, Johnson & Johnson’s Caring Crowd the big winners at SXSW Innovation Awards

As the tech portion of South by Southwest started to wind down (but not really, there’s two more days plus SXSW Gaming coming up!), the conference gave out its Innovation Awards Tuesday night at the Austin Hilton. In addition to a previously announced...

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‘Veep’ panel at SXSW avoids Trump talk, says Season 6 will examine post-presidential life

If anybody was expecting the cast and showrunner of the most acidly cynical show on television to unload on the current presidential administration, Monday’s South by Southwest talk might have been a disappointment. Not only does the upcoming sixth...

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Are changes to seating policies causing friction and frustration at SXSW 2017? 

It’s certainly not a new problem at South by Southwest: for as long as there have been lots of people attending the conference, particularly the Interactive portion, there have been full panels and grumbling people waiting outside with hopes of getting...

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Streaming tech fail mars Jennifer Doudna genetics keynote at SXSW

Saturday’s South by Southwest keynote, a talk from geneticist Jennifer Doudna, had all the makings of a standout SXSW presentation. It’s about future-looking technology that could affect the lives of literally billions and that is so in its infancy...

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Get tidy, get the life you want: Marie ‘KonMari’ Kondo shows you how at SXSW

Seeing Marie Kondo fold clothes live in person -- sending love through her palms and making items stand upright -- might be what the world needs right now. She was a gentle and calm presence in the midst of the South by Southwest storm Saturday in...

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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker preaches love and ‘courageous empathy’ in opening SXSW 2017 talk

If political junkies were looking for fighting words and calls to arms from U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, they instead got the oral equivalent of a big, firm hug. In a South by Southwest Interactive opening presentation that followed a conference...

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SXSW begins: Say farewell to Interactive, Film, Music

RIP SXSW Interactive? In an opening presentation on Friday, South by Southwest chief programming officer Hugh Forrest intimated that 2017 might be the last year that we see clear distinctions between the long-running SXSW Interactive, Film and Music...

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Dear SXSW speaker: No, you’re not a keynote

This may come across as petty, and that’s all right. I will take the petty bullet on this one. Apparently, there are people speaking at South by Southwest this year who are under the mistaken impression that they are giving a keynote talk. I know...

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