Meet Roadie, the Ludacris-backed Uber for rideshare-transporting your stuff

In our Uber-powered world, people call upon strangers to take them wherever their typing fingers take them. For Uber, riders are in control of Points A and B—drivers are glorified chauffeurs.  With Roadie, it’s put in reverse (just to back it up). The startup, backed by rapper-turned-movie star-turned-tech entrepreneur Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, shows people opportunities […]

Apple Music threw an awkward rap party at SXSW, and we were there for the weirdness

Is wearing Apple AirPods at a concert normal? Probably not. But it made sense at last night’s Apple Music party.  Kind of. So goes the music portion of SXSW, which has traditionally involved Pandora, Spotify, Soundcloud and record labels throwing solid parties with fairly respectable lineups of artists, to say nothing of the dozens of […]

Twitter made a big deal out of SXSW for the first time since launching here

South by Southwest Interactive’s claim to fame includes being the place where companies like Meerkat, Foursquare and Twitter have gotten their start. Unfortunately for SXSW, most of those companies have struggled. Meerkat’s gone. Foursquare? Viewed as dead, but is in fact alive and embraced a new data business. And while Twitter is mentioned every day […]

This is what you get when a member of The Shins makes a photo app

The Shins frontman James Mercer didn’t set out to make an app. A heavy Instagram user, he simply wanted something to make a quick photo collage. But not the kind that just plops a few photos into a grid. You know, an actual collage, like the kind you made in elementary school. But after hunting […]

These cute robotic cat ears will nag you to fix your bad posture

The Neko Electro cat ears move and vibrate when you start slouching.Image: raymond wong/mashable By Raymond Wong2017-03-13 01:00:18 UTC Good posture makes you stand taller, breathe better, and will save you from looking like the Hunchback of Notre-Dame. But slouching and hunching is all too easy when you’re sitting at your computer or head down […]

First look at the NIO EVE self-driving electric concept car

The NIO EVE looks like it came straight out of ‘Minority Report’.Image: raymond wong/mashable By Raymond Wong2017-03-12 16:42:33 UTC Hot doesn’t even begin to describe the NIO EVE, a self-driving electric concept car straight out of a sci-fi movie that’s packed from top to bottom with every buzzy new technology imaginable. Chinese electric car company […]

Hands on with the Positron Voyager VR cinema chair

The Positron Voyager VR chairs won’t make you nauseous.Image: raymond wong/mashable By Raymond Wong2017-03-11 14:48:03 UTC Tom Cruise lied and told me I’d feel like I was floating in zero gravity. OK, Cruise didn’t really lie to me IRL, but he did in VR, after I strapped on an Oculus Rift VR headset and sat […]

5 reasons why SXSW still matters

Hugh Forrest sounded like he just did a spit-take on the phone. I was telling him how I wanted to explore South by Southwest Conference (SXSW), the music, film and interactive event that kicks off March 10 in Austin, Texas, in a fresh way. Imagine, I explained, a guy walking up to you on the […]