SXSW

Esports steps into SXSW Gaming Expo’s spotlight

Competitive gaming is perhaps the biggest cultural phenomenon of our time that the average person knows nothing about. The scope of esports is larger than ever before, as games like “League of Legends,” “DOTA 2” and “Street Fighter V” pull in millions...

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Emerald Tavern brings low-tech tabletop gaming to SXSW Gaming Expo

Tabletop gaming is about as low-tech as you can get: Board games comprised of cards, dice and plastic. Despite that, the fast-growing hobby has a home right in the center of the SXSW Gaming Expo, with Austin-based Emerald Tavern Games & Cafe and...

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Talking about fake news and SXSW with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about a keynote panel that shifted into a discussion of fake news during South by Southwest with two major purveyors of it, and about what companies such as Facebook and Google are doing about...

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The most revolutionary technology at SXSW might be a shopping app

One of the biggest technology innovations at South by Southwest had nothing to do with virtual reality or artificial intelligence, or any of the other sexy tech topics that tend to dominate the conversation at tech conferences.  Promoted without much...

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Five things we loved at SXSW Gaming 2017

As if South by Southwest wasn’t overwhelming enough, Thursday saw the beginning of the Gaming Expo, taking over Exhibit Halls 1 and 2 in the process. The expo floor will be open from noon to 8 p.m. through Saturday, giving badge-holders from all three...

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Five Austin startups that stood out during SXSW

For startups, the South by Southwest conference can be the ideal place to launch, meet investors or gain new customers. And as a bonus for Austin companies, it’s right here in their backyard, so no pricey plane tickets or hotel rooms needed.  After...

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The five coolest things I saw at South by Southwest 2017 (so far)

As I am continually being reminded by crowds that won’t disperse, South by Southwest’s tech portion (”Interactive,” as us old-timers will keep calling it) isn’t over. There’s still another full day of panels and programming, and then there’s SXSW...

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Despite SXSW glitch, RideAustin is still riding high, CEO says

The national media was looking for stories on how South by Southwest attendees were suffering this week without Uber and Lyft available in Austin, says RideAustin CEO said Andy Tryba.  Unfortunately, Tryba concedes, RideAustin helped provide fodder...

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SXSW: Is Big Data destroying the U.S. political system? NBC’s Chuck Todd says yes

Is big data destroying the U.S. political system? Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of “Meet the Press,” says yes. Todd laid out his case during a panel discussion at South by Southwest alongside Cornell Belcher, a long-time democratic...

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