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Keep your drone away from Hurricane Harvey disaster areas, FAA warns

The FAA is warning amateur drone pilots that they could be fined for unauthorized flight near disaster zones left by Hurricane Harvey and that they should not interfere with the work of emergency responders. The brief warning Friday, sent via email...

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Techie toilets, Nests and eco-paint: Four innovations we learned about at Austin’s TreeHouse store

Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of the Austin-based TreeHouse home-improvement stores, has a way of sounding earnest without being strident, of selling you on the idea of a smarter way of living versus hawking a product. If you look at his LinkedIn...

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Texas Standard: when will wireless charging go mainstream?

On the most recent 512tech segment on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we revisited the topic of wireless charging and why we don’t see more of that technology in our digital gadgets.  You can check out the segment on the Texas Standard website or...

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Talking with Texas Standard about first steps to take with a new computer

In this week’s “Texas Standard” radio technology segment, I gave some advice on first steps to take when you’ve just bought and unboxed a new computer, whether it’s a Windows PC, Mac or Other.  I recently had that experience and was thrilled to share...

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More on the ongoing Mac vs. PC debate with Texas Standard

On this week’s “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about a recent column I wrote about buying my first Windows PC in about 15 years and how my intense loyalty for Apple’s Mac computers has shifted over the last couple of years. We also talked...

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Why isn’t wireless charging everywhere by now?

This week, Dell Inc. made available a new 2-in-1 Windows convertible laptop it announced earlier in the year, the Latitude 7000, a device the company says is the first of its kind to feature wireless charging. It’s not cheap: to use the feature, you...

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Goodbye to Mac Guy: Making the switch to (gasp!) the Windows PC I swore I would never buy

I don’t remember the year exactly, but I’m pretty sure it was in the mid 2000s when I started recommending to friends and readers that they go all-in on Apple Macs as their main computers. These were Steve Jobs years, right at the cusp of the first...

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Talking about the evolution of USB (yes, the port) with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we had an entire discussion about USB ports, cables and the increasingly popular USB-C standard. Seriously! A whole segment! About USB! You’d be surprised how much there was to talk about. Find out...

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Tech firm shows off new video-relay device to Austin’s deaf community

On Tuesday night, in the lobby of Austin’s Topfer Theatre on South Lamar, about 350 members of Austin’s deaf community gathered to learn about a new device being offered from Sorenson Communications, a video-relay device called the ntouch VP2. The...

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Your broken Mac’s not old and unfixable, it’s ‘Vintage’ (and unfixable)

My 2011 MacBook Pro died suddenly as I was in the middle of editing some photos for work. The workhorse machine has been a great companion, but it was the subject of a recall for faulty graphics cards and already had its innards replaced once. Now...

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