Gadgets

AT&T’s Nighthawk LTE Mobile Hotspot: great if you can keep those 5G expectations in check

Let us for a moment consider the magic and mystery of Wi-Fi. It’s all around us. Many of us use it every day. Perhaps we thought it was some sort of crazy magic when it first was unleashed to us 20 years ago, but now it’s something to get annoyed...

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Talking about techie kitchen gadgets ahead of Thanksgiving with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we got real about the utility of gadget for the kitchen. Are they really useful to make cooking easier and more fun? And which ones should you be considering as gifts? You can check out the segment on...

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‘DropMix’ changes the game with unique take on music creation

“DropMix” is a really curious attempt at throwing an intriguing gaming concept at the wall with as much style and skill as possible and seeing if it sticks. The hybrid video/music game costs $99, but I’ve seen it on sale for $69 recently online, and...

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Reader seeks a way to export iPhone texts

A reader, Jetty, writes: “I am on a HOA board in my subdivision and have a lot of texts from other board members. I would like to find some way to print them or transfer them somewhere to print them. I have talked to AT&T and they suggested screen...

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Holey rollers: Austin’s competitive Skee-ball players are building the future of the sport

It’s chilly for Austin on the Sunday night before Halloween and it’s getting a little late. The final four rollers have been chosen for the National Brewskee-Ball Championships, an event known to players as “The BEEB.”  The back area of Full Circle...

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Why’s retro tech making a comeback? We go back in time with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we take a look back (WAY back) to the 1980s and 1990s, decades that contain gadgets that appear to be making a comeback, from Polaroid film to retro game consoles such as the Nintendo Super NES Classic...

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Why do some VR headsets still need wires?

This week, Facebook’s Oculus VR announced that it will release a $199 VR headset next year that doesn’t require a phone, a Windows PC or even wires attached to anything to operate. That’s a far cry from the $399 flagship Oculus Rift, a very powerful...

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An Austin reader charmingly turns a tech reporter into the ‘Department of Strange Tech Questions’

One day, I found two identically addressed letters in my work mailbox. My name wasn’t on either envelope. Instead, they were each addressed to the Austin American-Statesman’s “Department of Strange Tech Questions.” And so they came to me. Both letters...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Conversable and Shake Shack pilot new software version, new Oculus VR hardware and Alexa’s new family values

Happy Thursday, Austin! Here’s some tech news for you: Conversable updates AI software If you’ve been following our stories about chatbots, you’re probably already familiar with Conversable, a company based in Austin and Dallas that’s been doing...

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In praise of perfect cheap earbuds you’re not afraid to lose

With the announcement that Google will follow Apple’s lead and eliminate the heaphone jack from its new Pixel 2 smart phone, I’ve been thinking about how I use my headphones and whether having a new phone means I’m doomed to deal with fragile little dongle-adapters...

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