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Hey, minimalists: soundbars are totally still a thing

Time was that if you wanted to good surround sound for your home theater, you set up a ton of speakers (five or seven, typically, plus a subwoofer), ran miles of wire and hid your dirty audio deeds with cable wraps and moulding. Wireless rear speakers...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Magic Leap’s mixed-reality headset is finally here; shrugs at $2,295?

Happy Wednesday! Here are a few of the tech stories we’re taking a look at today. A Leap, but maybe not so Magic?  Mystery mixed-reality company Magic Leap has finally brought it first product out of the shadows. The Magic Leap One, which is selling...

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The perfect, cuddly robot pal? Gadget company Anki tries to crack that code with ‘Vector’ Kickstarter

Might things be a little bit better for all of us if we each had a cute, anthropomorphic little robot buddy around? One that did cute things like beep-boop encouragement when we’re down or that could fetch us the weather report in the most adorable...

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Do you even need a streaming TV box anymore?

There was a time just a few years ago when 4K televisions first started becoming affordable, but there wasn’t a lot of actual 4K-quality video content you could watch on them. Slowly, set-top boxes from Roku, Apple and Amazon caught up and so did...

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Talking with Texas Standard about tech to take on your next road trip 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed tips on technology for summer road trips. What are some of the top apps and gadgets you should consider before hitting the road, from a website dedicated to roadtrippers to roadside-assistance...

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What’s the temperature? Not so fast, you might be wrong

Quick: how hot is it? “Very,” is not a great answer and neither is, “at least a billion degrees.” Given that most of us are carrying around a powerful internet connected device with us at all times, there’s really no excuse for not knowing the outdoor...

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Talking about Austin’s Cody Wilson and 3-D printed guns on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we’re discussing the news that Austinite and former University of Texas law student Cody Wilson just scored a major legal victory in his quest to liberate 3-D printed gun designs from being banned by...

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At $199, GoPro Hero is a great family camera; but will it make you put your phone down?

There’s a great Erykah Badu song that was released a few years ago, “Phone Down,” about the digital-distraction era.  She sings: I can make you put your phone downAs we cruise through the cityI can make you put your phone downYou ain't gonna text...

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Tech Crawl: Tesla opens up Model 3 to all, a 3-D printed gun settlement with Austinite and Magic Leap’s AT&T partnership

Happy Hump Day, everybody! Here are some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning. Want a Tesla Model 3? Or Elon’s submarine? Jalopnik yesterday reported that Tesla has opened up orders of its slightly-less-expensive Model 3 electric vehicle...

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Should you set up family accounts for your apps and gadgets?

If your household is feeling the pinch of paying for multiple accounts on, say, mobile phone lines, Netflix bills and streaming music, it might be worth looking into family pricing options, even if you don’t have a traditional nuclear family. Services...

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