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LISTEN: laptop shopping advice on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we’re advising host David Brown on buying a new laptop. We took a look at three categories: Chromebooks, Windows laptops and Apple Macs.  You can listen to the segment over on the Texas Standard website...

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A reader asks: how safe are fingerprint scanners?

A reader, Gina, asks, “I heard something on the radio that for security reasons it is not safe (secure) to use your thumbprint to log into your phone or any of your email or other accounts that have this choice. Could you answer this for me?" The...

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Gadgets galore at B8ta, a new boutique for techies at The Domain

Starting Saturday, Austin gadget hounds will have a new place to sniff out and try gear.  B8ta, a new retail chain based out of of San Francisco that sells technology products that largely fall into the “Internet of Things” category, is expanding...

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Black Angels in VR: frustrating, super cool and a possible glimpse at a future for concerts

It’s likely that five years from now, attending concerts via virtual reality will be a thing.   It’s plausible that superstar artists booking one-off live performances, and big ticket festivals — the Coachellas and the Lollapaloozas of the world —...

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How the Nintendo Switch defied skeptics (including this one) to become the most-wanted console

I was wrong. I can admit that now with the comfort of knowing that I don’t have to be wrong any longer and with a Nintendo Switch gripped tightly in my hands. Back on March 3, gaming titan Nintendo released Switch, a frankly weird video-game device...

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Talking with Texas Standard about devices that listen and watch you all the time

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we’re talking about all the technology devices that are continually listening to you (usually waiting for a command) and whether you should be worried about where that audio is going and how it’s being...

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Yahoo Finance says it has photos of Fitbit’s upcoming smart watch

It’s a scoop, but will anyone care by fall? On Monday, Yahoo Finance posted what it claims are exclusive photos of Fitbit’s upcoming smart watch and a pair of Bluetooth headphones. The watch, which is similar in design to the company’s Blaze, was...

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Want to stay hydrated and help the planet? Have an edible 'water bottle'

Want to quench your thirst but hate the idea of yet another plastic bottle in floating around on a landfill? Skipping Rocks Lab is trying to help ease that concern by making biodegradable water capsules that you can eat. With record temperatures already on...

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