Gadgets

Austin’s pop-up DroneDome offers safe airspace for would-be pilots

From a distance at sunset it looks like it could be a set of batting cages or maybe a funky South Austin art installation -- something to do with fish netting, neon hoops and the buzzing of mechanical bees. Upon closer inspection it’s hard to miss...

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10 Tweets About... the (delayed) debut of Apple’s AirPods

In a surprise some naysayers weren’t expecting, Apple on Monday released its delayed AirPods, a set of  $159 Bluetooth earbuds, to retail stores. That was after the product was pushed back from October and concerns that the company might not even...

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Talking about TV cord-cutting concerns with Texas Standard

This week on the Texas Standard radio program, we discussed a topic that keeps changing every time it comes up: pricing and availability of online streaming services and whether it’s time for many of us cut the cord on cable or satellite TV service...

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Tech Crawl: Evernote backtracks, Facebook takes steps against fake news and a hoverboard snow hero

Happy Friday, Austin! Your calendar may be dense with holiday parties and shopping, but take some time to get up to speed on today’s tech news: Evernote backtracks after privacy backlash The note-taking app company Evernote announced it has changed...

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Thinking of cutting the TV cord? CALCULATE!

If you’ve been thinking about abandoning cable or satellite TV service in favor of online streaming — what’s commonly called “Cutting the cord,” — get ready to do some math. You’ll want to not only add up the cost of streaming services such as Netflix...

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In close taco proximity, Snapchat Spectacles arrive for Austin

Texans who've been waiting for the bright yellow box selling Spectacles glasses from Snap Inc. finally got some good news on Wednesday: it's at Torchy's Tacos at the South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery on South First. The devices, which come in...

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On Texas Standard: should you give these tech items a second chance?

This week on the Texas Standard radio show, we took a look back at some gadgets and games that might deserve a second look with the passage of time. Whether it's a video game that has been updated and refined after an initial set of mediocre reviews...

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Tech Crawl: Magic Leap's hype vs. reality, Breaking News shutting down, Spotify + SoundCloud a no-go

Happy Friday, Austin! Hope you have festive plans for the weekend. Here's some of the tech news we're reading about: Hype vs. reality at Magic Leap As many in the tech industry suspected, the mystery behind Florida-based mixed-reality company Magic...

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Mobile phone battery problems: welcome to the nightmare

A reader, Stacey, writes: "Please help! I upgraded to the most recent iPhone update and the following day, my battery started draining like crazy. A fully charged phone went to like 30 percent in two hours within my Wi-Fi home network. I've Googled...

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Talking with Texas Standard about whether you should upgrade your wireless router

This week on the Texas Standard radio show, we dived into whether you should consider upgrading your home Wi-Fi router, whether it's to invest in a mesh network such as Google Wifi or replace an aging device that's not keeping up with current standards...

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