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Is Austin still weird? Bones and a Samsung Galaxy S9 Review


March 8 · Issue #6 · View online
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Is Austin still weird? Bones and a Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Hello from the land of breakfast tacos and the Museum of Weird. I’m down in Austin for my sixth go-around at the SXSW Interactive conference. Since I arrived a day ahead of schedule, I’m rubbing elbows with the SXSW EDU crowd. SXSW EDU is the portion of the conference dedicated to education and learning. While waiting for the Interactive Conference to kick off and for the Capital One House to open at Antones, I sat down for a chat with Austin Mayor Steve Adler.  He had a lot to say about high-growth cities and innovation, why Austin loves people who are willing to try, and why Austin is the “Kitty hawk” of autonomous driving.
Can SXSW survive a changing Austin? – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Samsung Galaxy S9: The Review. I’ve spent the last week or so using Samsung’s newest smartphone. The Android device looks good, feels good and offers impressive power. It’s also a great camera. And, yes, I still love shooting in 960 fps. Read my full review after the link.
Samsung Galaxy S9 is the Android you want – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Muh-hahah! Imagine lying in bed when you hear a maniacal laugh from your kitchen or den. You didn’t leave the TV on and The Joker is not inside your house. No, it’s Alexa, laughing from inside her Echo home. This never happened to me, but apparently a good number of people were reporting this issue. Now Amazon has a fix on the way. Get up to speed and maybe, just maybe, unplug your Echo tonight.
Alexa is randomly laughing, and it's creepy as hell (updated)
Windows Consolidation: Strange times when a Microsoft exec announces a strategic Windows Platform decision on Twitter, but that’s pretty much with Joe Belfiore did this week when he tweeted that Windows 10 S would no longer be a standalone Windows flavor (one that locks out apps not available through the Windows Store) and will instead be a mode in standard Windows 10. Windows 10 S’s controls were intended to help, for example, schools manage and control systems they handed to students. It’s not clear, to me at least, why Microsoft is making the change.
Microsoft VP confirms move to replace short-lived Windows 10 S with 'S Mode' in 2019
It’s Lady Lindy. Bones found in the South Pacific that were once thought to belong to a man have now been identified as those of a woman’s and, based on their age and location, possibly the remains of long-lost, intrepid pilot Amelia Earhart. This isn’t just some rumor or guess work. It’s new science that helped identify the bones and, yes, the findings are in a peer-reviewed journal. It may be time to finally put Ms. Earhart to rest.
New forensic analysis indicates bones were Amelia Earhart's -- ScienceDaily
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