Gadgets

Really cool and a bit of drool: Wearing a VR headset while soaring in an iFly wind tunnel 

If you are someone who has dreamed all your life of having the gift of flight — of soaring up in the air in unlawful defiance of gravity — here’s the thing you don’t want to think about the moment your wish is granted: drool. That was what was at...

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Maybe your HDMI cable really is to blame

For my birthday, my parents were nice enough to get me an Apple TV 4K to replace the aging older-gen Apple TV in our living room that was struggling to keep up with our 4K television. As I was setting it up, instead of rearranging our whole home theater...

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Here’s a road-trip idea: how about TWO of those USB charging ports?

As we begin to head into summer road trip season, it’s time to find little ways to cut down on any little thing that might cause a stress blowout when you’re going to be grouped up in the car for hours at a time. If you have a car with the traditional...

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Talking about personal safety apps and tools with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, our tech talk focused on ways to protect your property and yourself using apps and gadgets such as Amazon’s Ring doorbell or panic-button apps that can alert your friends or services when you’re in...

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Why I’m not buying a Tesla Model 3 (at least for now)

There it was, finally real and sitting in the North Austin Tesla showroom, and all I could think was, “Wow, that’s shiny.” Tesla’s Model 3 electric car, the Tesla for the rest of us who haven’t been able to afford the pricier offerings to date from...

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‘Digital trails:’ Cameras, electronics track all of us, all the time  

The electronic snooping typically starts early, with meticulous tallying of your personal habits such as the timing of your wake-up alarm, the path of your morning jog and your “like” for a friend’s social media post. Enhanced with live video — and...

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Open Source

Yes, you can crack open your game console without voiding the warranty

If you’ve ever opened up a video game console in order to do a hard-drive upgrade or to clean out some dust and instantly regretted it because you voided your product’s warranty, you may be happy to hear that the so-called “Seal” warning is actually...

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Electric attraction: Model 3 car debuts at Tesla’s Austin showroom

The Model 3, the production-issue-plagued electric vehicle that Tesla, Inc., says it wants to sell to the masses, made its Austin showroom debut Friday morning. Sitting aside a Model S and Model X, the dark-silver vehicle draw some of its first potential...

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On Texas Standard: what to do with old gadgets and a segment on Facebook’s facial-recognition controversy

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, our tech segment is about all the ways you can re-use, resell or recycle your old tech gear. Inspired by our recent story about Apple’s new Daisy iPhone-recycling machine, we talked about what to do with...

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