The Linkdown is overwhelmed by all the Google news this week. Come on, Google, give the news folks a break and pace yourselves! Oh, and send me a Google Glass loaner so that I too may conduct interesting social experiments on the good people of Austin.
Here’s what you should know about online:
Local tech events:
- RISE Austin Week concludes on Friday.
- LinkedIn Austin meetup (on a boat!) on May 28.
- Introduction to Data Science course with Paco Nathan is on May 29. A GeekAustin happy hour will follow (you don't have to do the course to attend the happy hour).
- Techcrunch Meetup Austin is on May 30. Tickets are $5.
- Texas Linux Fest is on May 31-June 1.
- Microsoft is doing youth summer camps at its stores this summer.
- ATX Hackathon for Change is on June 1-2.
- "Game of Thrones" Quiz night happening at The Gibson on June 8.
- TechBA Austin expo is on June 13.
- Next Women in Games International meetup (for women AND men) is on June 19.
- The next BASHH and BizBASHH happen on June 20.
- “Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” is coming to the Long Center on June 29.
- RTX Austin is July 5-7.
- Adobe User Group shows how to create an ebook with InDesign on July 13. It's free.
- Classic Game Fest scheduled for July 13-14.
Good reads and links:
- Winners of the Healthivores smart eating video game design contest include students from Cedar Park's Summit Christian Academy.
- Electronic Arts is killing its Online Pass program.
- UT Austin is launching a video game academy.
- Austin has more Reddit page views per capita than any other city.
- Apps coming to Google Glass include Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, Tumblr and more.
- Speaking of Google, the Google I/O conference had news of a redesigned Google Maps, a new streaming music service and big changes to Google+. You can see the entire (nearly four hour!) keynote on YouTube.
- Geek hero Joss Whedon joined Twitter this week.
- Interesting Austin Kickstarter: an urban design tool called "I'd Rather Be Walking."
- One more from Google I/O: Austin's RetailMeNot is getting Google Wallet integration.
- Austin's Mutual Mobile made a Google Glass simulator for those who don't have a development kit (and anyone just curious about the platform).
- Austin-developed medical safety app: "Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation Patient Guide."
- Austin-made video editing app, "Givit."
- Could an Xbox Kinect save kids trapped in hot cars?
- Dale Carnegie training apps are free for a limited time.
- Steve Case has been added as a keynote speaker to South by Southwest Interactive V2V, happening in Las Vegas in August.
- TechStars accelerator program coming to Austin.
- Pre-orders open for Nvidia's portable Project Shield.
- Latest earnings report from Dell: not great!
- Austin's Vivogig is doing a contest for those who see the hardDrive Live 5 Tour.
- AT&T CEO says his company will piggyback on Google Fiber efforts in getting terms and conditions from the City of Austin.
- Why email newsletters won't die.
- Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint join AT&T's "It Can Wait" anti texting-while-driving campaign.
- Scary: police confiscate cell phones that recorded a man's death at the hands of law enforcement.
- Stratotainment bringing back "Battle Isle" game franchise.
- A feature on ATX Hackerspace.
- Is Yahoo looking to buy Tumblr?
- Bad news for Nintendo Wii U: Electronic Arts has NO games in development for the game console.
- Former Austinite Trey Ratcliff's "Stuck on Earth" app released for Android.
- Don't call it "Windows Blue." It's now known as Windows 8.1.
- BlackBerry Messaging coming to iOS and Android.
- TechAmerica Foundation says Texas is the 2nd-fastest growing tech state.
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