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    Hungry? IBM's Watson can help cook

    Posted March 12, 2014 - 10:41 am

    IBM's supercomputer nicknamed Watson is at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas this week, but it's not competing on a TV quiz show, rather it's helping chefs come up with unique, personalized recipes.
  • Snowden advocates at SXSW for improved data security

    Posted March 10, 2014 - 2:46 pm

    Encryption technologies can be a powerful tool against government surveillance, but the most effective techniques are still largely out of reach to the average Internet user, Edward Snowden said Monday.
  • Bill Gates: Schools are at a 'technology tipping point'

    Posted March 7, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    The growing use of handheld devices and social media among students is creating a technology tipping point for schools that could completely break down the barriers between teaching platforms within five to 10 years, Bill Gates said Thursday.
  • Twitter's first year: A Bieber-free zone

    Posted August 2, 2012 - 2:18 pm

    oldtweets let's you browse the first year of Twitter archives and see who first tweeted about lunch
  • Get out of my driveway, social-mobile-location apps

    Posted March 12, 2012 - 4:19 pm

    How many of your neighbors became friends by jumping into your driveway and yelling, “Kapow! Your neighbor, me, just had some explosively spicy Chinese food!”
  • Hot SXSW rumor: CNN to buy Mashable for $200 million

    Posted March 12, 2012 - 11:04 am

    South By Southwest, rumor breeding ground: CNN gobbles Mashable for $200 million.
  • SXSW: Spotify Keeps U.S. in Suspense

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 10:16 am

    Daniel Ek, the 26-year-old CEO and co-founder of the much-talked-about music service Spotify, spoke in front of a crowded house here at SXSW, but did not answer the question that was on everybody's mind: when will Spotify become available in the US?
  • SXSW: My Top Five Apps from Austin

    Posted March 17, 2010 - 10:04 am

    The SXSW show here in Austin has drawn to a close. I'm tired and a little frazzled (like everybody else), but it's three hours until I get on a plane home -- high time to round up my favorite apps from the show.
  • SXSW: Twitter Announcement a Real Yawner

    Posted March 16, 2010 - 9:54 am

    Why the low key? Why no fanfare? Twitter just announced for the first time a way to make money! That's a big deal right?
  • SXSW: Pandora in the Car Could Kill Sirius

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 8:53 pm

    "Sirius will be around for a long time," said Pandora CTO Tom Conrad in answer to a suggestion by an audience member here that his company will kill Sirius.
  • SXSW Notes: QR Codes Are Everywhere

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:35 pm

    Everywhere you go here you see little black and while QR Codes. On signs and posters, in magazines, on T-shirts, on badges . . . What are those things?
  • SXSW Diary: Skepticism, Strong Feelings About Yelp

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 4:32 pm

    Small business owners have very strong feelings about Yelp, the popular social reviews site. A room full of them--many of them restaurateurs and their "social media consultants"--discussed various aspects of the service, and aired complaints and frustrations, at a lively session here at SXSW today.
  • SXSW Apps:, Huddlehub and Phonebooth

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    A bunch of web companies and app developers have shown up here in Austin to show their stuff, and I saw a lot of them this afternoon when I spent a few hours in the exhibit hall. Did I find the next Foursquare or GoWalla? I don't think so, but I found some apps that I think might get some serious traction before next year's SXSW.
  • Privacy is Not Dead, Just Evolving

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 11:42 am

    It's a brave new world. Unfortunately--continuing the literary allusion--Big Brother is watching. As technology makes more information more accessible, it also threatens to expose information that is not intended to be shared. Privacy is a concept that is caught in the middle of the struggle.
  • SXSW: Augmented Reality and the Outer Web

    Posted March 15, 2010 - 11:37 am

    Augmented reality could produce the killer apps of tomorrow, but for now the concept is more talk than walk.
  • SXSW Notebook: Geolocation, Geolocation, Geolocation

    Posted March 14, 2010 - 11:45 am

    Worn Chuck Taylors. Plaid thrift-store shirts. iPhones. Margaritas. Barbeque. Cowboy hats. You guessed it; I'm at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
  • Twitter experiences glitches, doesn't think SXSW is to blame

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    Twitter appears to be experiencing more growing pains. Users and the service itself recently have reported a spate of problems including erroneous "over the follow limit" messages, missing updates and problems uploading JPEGs.
  • Turning on a dime

    Posted March 20, 2009 - 3:46 pm

    In which Elias learns the surprising truth about how AT&T was able to double network capacity in four hours in response to excess iPhone usage during SXSW.
  • Intel tries the alt-youth approach at SXSW

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 8:21 pm

    SXSW's young, alternative-lifestyle demographic doesn't get excited by standard trade show booths and PowerPoint presentations. To get their attention, Intel has turned to young (or at least young-sounding) bloggers and gimmicks that include a taxicab in which attendees are interviewed while being driven around.
  • New iPhone Details Leak at SXSW

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 6:09 pm

    New iPhone Details Leak at SXSW
  • Digg Founder Offers Peek at iPhone 3.0 Copy/Paste

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 3:21 pm

    In anticipation of Apple's 3.0 iPhone software announcement Tuesday, Kevin Rose, founder of, revealed some details on the new features expected in the next iteration of iPhone's operating system.
  • SXSW after dark

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 2:51 pm

    The SXSW parties may not be as well publicized as the great music, cool new film previews and the tech sessions, but they're definitely the most anticipated. SXSW has become legend for these gatherings, and most often than not, these are not of the Keith Moon variety. The SXSW Interactive parties are wild and wildly creative.

  • AT&T doubles SXSW FOUR hours!?

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 8:16 am

    At SXSW, iPhone users were having all sorts of trouble getting good service on their phones. AT&T says it fixed the problem. Really quickly.
  • Navigating SXSW the social way

    Posted March 13, 2009 - 12:20 pm

    There is an insanely huge amount of activity at SXSW. Wouldn't it be a remarkable feat to provide attendees with real-time, location-accurate posts about ongoing events, parties, concerts and all the insanity that is SXSW? Ok, so such a service doesn't exist just yet. Until then, here are some ways social networking can help you navigate SXSW.
  • SXSW: Trying Too Hard To Be Hip

    Posted March 12, 2009 - 10:24 am

    The tricky thing about "coolness" is that when you are trying to appeal to those who are, it usually means you are not. Case in point: the SXSW Interactive Conference.

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