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    June 30, 2014

    Map Shows Countries Where Houston Is Importing Technical Talent (And Teachers)

    There's an online map that lets you look at countries with the most Visa applications to live and work in Houston. The You Are Here project from MIT's media lab looked at 1775 permanent visa applications in Houston in 2012 and 2013. Software developers and computer engineers were among the bigges ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    App Showcasing Nazi Salutes, Boobs, Bullying and Hate Speech Under Fire in Katy

    It's a school administrator's worst nightmare, technology used to help educate gets confused with a popular app kids are using to promote drug use, nude photos, and hate speech. It used to be that leaving the porn websites unblocked was a bad move in family households, now teachers in Katy are askin ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    It's Finally Time to Give Up Internet Explorer for Good

    Almost exactly two years ago I wrote five reasons why you should stop using Internet Explorer. Just this week, it was reported that a security flaw was found in the browser so serious that the U.S. and U.K. governments are recommending users forgo using the Microsoft software until a patch is made a ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Facebook's Paper App is Stylish and Interesting, but Has Critical Flaws

    For years, Facebook's mobile development has been oddly haphazard. From the painfully inconsistent upgrades to its flagship app to the random release of various apps for an array of different needs (Pages, Photos, etc), it has felt more like the mobile team at FB was divided up into about 20 differe ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Honeymoon Tech: The Five Most-Used Apps From My Vacation

    I got married recently and, naturally, my wife and I took our honeymoon immediately following. In our case, we went to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because I work in a tech field, I tend to not go on vacation without some computer technology on me. For my honeymoon however, I opted for only ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Nerds FTW! UH Nets a Pair of Finalists in Microsoft's Video Game Design Contest

    The video game industry is massive. Video game sales outpaced music sales years ago and they continue to grow. And Houston has been home to many a video game programmer over the years. Perhaps that's because of the success at the University of Houston. For the fourth straight year, UH is the only sc ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Find Your Next Meal with the New Version of the Houston Press Mobile App

    If you're one of the many Houstonians who have already downloaded the Houston Press mobile app you know just how handy it is to have the Press with you wherever you have your smartphone. Today we're happy to announce that we're taking things up a notch with the new and improved version of our mobil ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Brand New Version Of The Houston Press Mobile App Available Now

    If you're one of the many Houstonians that has already downloaded the Houston Press mobile app you know just how handy it is to have the Press with you wherever you have your smartphone. Today we're happy announce that we're taking things up a notch with the new and improved version of our mobile ap ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Get Your Mobile Concert Listings With the New Version of the Houston Press Mobile App

    If you're one of the many Houstonians that has already downloaded the Houston Press mobile app you know just how handy it is to have the Press with you wherever you have your smartphone. Today we're happy announce that we're taking things up a notch with the new and improved version of our mobile ap ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    App of the Week: City of Houston 311 App Has Promise, but Needs Work

    App: City of Houston 311 Platform: iPhone, Android Website: iPhone Site Cost: Free The city's 311 hotline is one of the easiest ways to circumvent the hassle of city government. The idea originally was to route non-emergency problems away from 911 and create a first line of defense against the typi ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    500px Mobile App Pulled from Apple Store Over Boobs, Victim of Apple's Bizarre Double Standard When It Comes to Nudie Pics

    The Apple App store has an incredibly byzantine set of rules that make it almost impossible for app developers to navigate. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the approval process is often random and unevenly applied. Take for instance the case of 500px, a mobile photo-sharing app not that ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    A Local Venue With an App? Mucky Duck Has One... and It's Good

    Survival in the hospitality business is rough. The vast majority of restaurants fail. Bars are an even tougher go, and nightclub success is even slimmer. That puts live music venues on the lowest rung of the success ladder. So, it is understandable when a live music venue, struggling to get by, is ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    App of the Week: Avoid Traffic with Inrix Traffic

    App: Inrix Traffic Platform: iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile Website: Cost: Free Mr. Burns once called sitting "the great equalizer" on The Simpsons, but I tend to think it's traffic. We all get stuck in it and we all curse the day we were born as a result. In Houston, ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    App of the Week: Is the Facebook App Getting Worse?

    I've written here a number of times about Facebook and apps related to it. Most specifically, I wrote about how there are too many apps trying to do multiple jobs the single Facebook app is apparently incapable of handling correctly. But, I've also praised the social media giant for taking an intere ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Alternatives to Five of the Pricier Software Titles

    The Business Software Alliance announced last week that it had come to an agreement with local business Affordable Power, LP, to settle legal claims that the company pirated software titles. According to the release: As part of the settlement, Affordable Power agreed to pay $150,000 to settle legal ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    Life in the Cloud: The Complications and Conveniences of a Connected World

    Over the last year or so, I've grown increasingly aware of and interested in the idea of life without a hard drive. My existence is, admittedly, a bit unique. I spend a lot of time on my laptop; in fact, it is my main computer. When I'm in my office, it is connected to a big monitor for convenience, ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    App of the Week: Google Chrome Finally Available for iPhone

    App: Google Chrome Platform: iPhone, iPad Website: App Store Cost: Free With all the upgrades to iOS over the years, one thing that has lagged has been browser technology. The built in Safari app for iPhone is fine, but has a number of limitations that make it a less than desirable option for peopl ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    App of the Week: Use Your iPhone Camera to Scan Documents with TurboScan

    App: TurboScan Platform: iPhone Website: Pixoft Support Cost: $1.99 I think I've said in this column 100 times that something every app should focus on when it came to features is simplicity. It's one thing to have software filled with options and complications when it is on a computer sitting on a ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Five Good Reasons to Start Backing Up Your Computer Now

    Back in the late '90s when a young Justin Timberlake was touring the world with 'N Sync and people still hadn't abbreviated "electronic" mail, a funny thing happened to me -- and by funny, I really mean horrifying. I had just installed a software update on my Bondi Blue iMac and was restarting when. ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    The Good, the Bad and the Spam: The Complexities of Switching to Gmail

    My aunt called me on Tuesday. She just got an iPhone. Admittedly, she is not technically inclined and was in need of a little technical support. Apparently, when she deleted e-mails she received on her computer in Outlook, they still showed up in her inbox on her phone. I diagnosed the problem, but ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012 Goes Mobile to Help You Find Deals on Beer Nearby

    I'm going to start this entire post by saying something that might cause you to stop reading: I'm not a big beer drinker. In fact, I rarely drink the stuff. But, what I am is someone who buys a ton of apps for my iPhone, and this isn't really so much a story about beer as it is about a website tryin ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Meet Chris Clackson, Hockey Player, App Developer

    It's been a strange season for the Aeros. They shot off to a quick start, having the best record in the league for the first month or so. Then the injury bug hit the parent club, and key player after key player got the call to join the Wild, leaving the Aeros depleted and relying on young players ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    App of the Week: App Shopper

    App: App Shopper Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Mac Web site: Cost: Free The iPhone may be good for many things -- most of those may be the result of cool little apps that extend its features -- but finding cool apps via the App Store is not one of them. Calling the App Store utilitarian i ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Google Shuttering Popular Photo Editing Tool Picnik: Top 8 Alternatives

    Google announced that as of April 19, it will shut down Picnik, an online photo editing tool acquired by the company in 2010, and bundle some of the editing tools into their over-arching Google platform. The staff of Picnik remains with Google and apparently is working to add features from the edit ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    App of the Week: Dragon Dictation and Dragon Go!

    ​App: Dragon Dictation and Dragon Go! Platform: iPhone, Android Website: Cost: Free So, let's say you decided earlier in 2011 that you were going to upgrade your iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4. Let's also say that you were impatient and had no desire to wait until, supposedly, ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Evernote Food: An App That Helps You Record Your Meals

    ​Note-taking smart phone app Evernote is widely considered one of the best productivity apps on the market, particularly if you do a lot of note taking. I ranked it as my number one app of the year and find it indispensable for keeping track of everyday tasks. The company that produced Everno ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Cuban Tacos: There's an App for That...Almost

    Many of us find ourselves rushing between work and home on weekday evenings with little time for determining take-out options, let alone actually cooking, which is why I was so stoked to see the flyer taped to the El Rey drive-thru window announcing the launch of an El Rey iPhone app. Visions of de ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Three Ways Steve Jobs Made Technology Cool, Stylish and Accessible

    This morning I was scheduled for a conference call with one of my clients and I knew I was running a few minutes late. My laptop was not with me and I didn't know the client's email address by heart. Fortunately, I had my iPhone. I opened it up, found a recent e-mail exchange between myself and my c ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    IWatch Harris County App from the Sheriff's Department Poorly Designed

    The IWatch welcome screen.​The best smartphone apps meant for functionality rather than entertainment fill a need, are easy to use and provide appropriate functionality for the task at hand. The Harris County Sheriff's Department IWatch Harris County app delivers about one-and-a-half of those ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Council Candidate Allegedly Sends Out E-Mail Ripping Jolanda Jones, Even Though He's Not Running Against Her

    Bolivar Fraga could easily prove it wasn't him, but won't.​An anonymous, widely distributed e-mail criticizing Houston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones appears to have come from the campaign of council candidate Bolivar Fraga. Fraga and Jones represent different districts; however, Fraga was j ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    The Five Biggest Google Fails and Wins

    ​Google launched with much fanfare recently and, quickly, the reviews poured in. We even wrote about the things we thought Google would need to do to beat Facebook and we have since had a chance to look around inside the social networking platform. It does appear to be easier to use than Fac ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    App of the Week: Alfred

    A quick search using Alfred yielded really helpful results.​App: Alfred Platforms: Mac OSX Web site: Cost: Free (Power Pack add-on for about $20) Normally, this space is reserved for apps for the phone and the occasional Web site. This week, we're going to talk directly to M ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Houston Rodeo: Now There's an App for That

    Houston Rodeo: Where high tech meets low tech.​Last week members of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's marketing and public relations team held a press conference to present some of the rodeo's new-for-2011 offerings, chief among them a feature-rich smartphone app meant to improve all aspe ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    App of the Week: Five Ways to Improve the Facebook App

    ​Dear Mark, please improve the Facebook app. Sincerely, Everyone.​​App: Facebook Platforms: All Smart Phones Web site: Cost: Free Facebook has become such a part of the way most people connect online, it's hard to imagine that the app Mark Zuckerberg and company produce coul ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: John Ly of Strata Restaurant

    ​We met with Executive Chef John Ly of the new Strata Restaurant in the Champions area, and he shared some tips for young aspiring chefs. Eating Our Words: So I understand you started off pursuing a computer science degree. Tell me about that. Ly: Yeah, I went pretty far towards getting my c ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    It's A Workout Deciphering TEA's Latest Instructions On Its "Fitnessgram"

    Hair Balls believes intensely and fully in the physical fitness benefits of wind sprints, pumping iron and teamwork camaraderie. But even we took pause at an end-of-the-month missive sent out to school districts around the state from the Texas Education Agency, passed on to us by a Friend of Hair Ba ... More >>

  • News

    December 31, 2009

    Computer Driven

    The new HISD credit recovery program matches students with a software program and a coach to get them fast-tracked to graduation.

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    October 7, 2009

    ISO A Femme Fatale? Jail Babes Has The Hook-Up

    ​Can't find a match on Can't get it in tune on eHarmony? Desperate for a young hottie, but not exactly a catch yourself and unable to fly to Russia for a mail order bride? We've got a dating sight for you: Jailbabes.Jailbabes is just like any other dating site, except all of the women ... More >>

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    April 5, 2007
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    December 28, 2006


    So the great news on December 20 was that President Bush signed into law an extension that allows Texas state residents (and residents of eight other states with no state income tax) to deduct sales tax from their federal taxes for the next two years. [Other renewed deductions were for higher tuitio ... More >>

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    October 24, 2006

    So It's Govt' Money -- Don't Have a COW

    Neil Bush: Working to improve American kids' reading skills. (Next year.) Remember when Barbara Bush dropped that "working very well for them" bomb about Katrina victims? Folks everywhere said she was harsh, even going as far as calling her a "cold-hearted bitch." But, would you still call Mrs. ... More >>

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    February 16, 2006
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    February 2, 2006

    Wize Guys

    Here's your chance to get rich quick -- or lose your shirt, in which case, GlobalTec disavows all responsibility for, well, anything

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    April 28, 2005

    Million-Hour Madness

    Religious charities discover state welfare reform savings are based in part on their backs

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    October 28, 2004

    The Blog Age

    Matt Mullenweg helps usher in the real information revolution, one Web log at a time

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    February 26, 2004

    History for Dummies

    Neil Bush touts a school curriculum for guys like himself

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    March 1, 2001

    Devil in the Details

    Local government contractor Fred Martinez credits God for his success. His critics cite more earthly forces.

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    April 27, 2000

    Soul Machine

    The Apple II computer: Some still consider it the wizard of Woz

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    April 1, 1999
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    April 27, 1995

    Music of (Angry) India

    The sudden cancellation of a KPFT staple stirs Subcontinental trouble

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