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Three questions to ask yourself before you buy wireless headphones

As the race to take away headphone ports on smart phones continues, you may still be thinking about switching from wired to wireless headphones, especially if there’s a phone upgrade in your future. Before you commit to a set of cans or earbuds, especially...

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Apple’s new recycle robot, Daisy, calls Austin home

If you’ve ever broken an iPhone screen, dealt with a drained-of-life iPhone battery or unsuccessfully tried to rescue an iPhone from ocean water, the gigantic pile of dead devices might feel a little haunting. They sit in a rose gold, space gray,...

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Things to check before you hand-me-down a gadget to your kid

My 8-year-old is a savant at lyrics and beats from current hit music (the clean songs only, I hope). When she began asking if she could have her own iPhone in order to listen to music, my wife and I balked. But then I came with what I thought might...

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Can gliding through downtown Austin on electric bikes (URB-E) and scooters (LimeBike) fix congestion woes?

The thing that takes getting used to is that you’re going to get looks. Cruising down the reddish protected bike lane of downtown Austin’s 3rd Street on a near-soundless set of wheels at speeds of up to 20 mph, bypassing sloggy traffic, the glances...

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3-D printing is within reach, even if you don’t have a printer

About five years ago, I made a prediction that 3-D printing was going to be a sea-change technology that would sweep into our lives and change everything. Well... it could still happen! But for now, 3-D printers, which can fabricate objects out of...

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Does the idea of electric cars give you ‘Range anxiety?’

Tesla’s Model 3, which despite its slow production issues is creating lots of conversation around less expensive and higher-end electric cars, is bringing up another issue that’s kept some potential buyers leery: “Range anxiety.” When you drive an...

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In new South Austin development, smart homes come with a roommate: Alexa

“Alexa, I’m home.” The command, given at the entry foyer of a model home in South Austin’s Enclave at Estancia, does a few things. Amazon’s voice-recognition technology, which is in a variety of devices in many homes, in this case is triggering a...

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Talking to Texas Standard about what’s new with self-driving cars

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we’re revisiting a popular topic: how soon will self-driving vehicles be here for us to buy and board in our daily lives? The answer... not just yet! But perhaps soon. We look at power-consumption challenges...

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Talking about tech for the tiniest tots with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked technologies targeted at infants, particularly items such as baby monitors, gear to take a baby’s temperature, and what exactly the guidelines are for screen time for kids. You can hear the...

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