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  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 5/9 - 5/11

    Hey now, weather. Knock it off, you hear? It's almost the weekend, and we don't need any more tricks, like that tornado business you thought was so damn funny. (Joke's on you because we have Special Weather Reports on our side.) No matter though; from now through Sunday, we're looking at the prospec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Grapevine-Based GameStop is Fighting a Class-Action Lawsuit Brought by Disgruntled Gamers

    In simpler times, video games and all that they had to offer were fully contained within a gray plastic cartridge. As a result, buying a used game required very little due diligence beyond a quick glance at the at the visible circuitry and making sure the game wasn't terrible. The used gaming marke ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2012

    Patent Trolls and the War on Innovation

    On the front line of the costliest battle in the high-tech world.

  • News

    October 11, 2012

    The 10 Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes

    If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Five Ways We Might Be Listening To Music In the Future

    The human race will remember 2012 as the year that birthed a new kind of hologram, but that technology is just the jumping-off point in this exciting era of interactive music experience. New research allows us to look into technology that might shape the way we listen to music in the next few decade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    The Problem With... Katy Perry's "Firework"

    It seems, much as we try, no one can avoid Katy Perry. Hell, she's pretty much everywhere these days, between awards shows, popping up (or not at all, turn out) on Sesame Street. She even lashed out at Microsoft over their closed-source softw... no, actually, her fans just wanted free booze in tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Bonfire Goes Zynga, or: You Can't Keep a Local Gaming Company Down on the Farmville

    ​Hard to believe it's been almost two years since we posted that item about the two local companies to rise from the ashes of Ensemble Studios -- Robot Entertainment and Bonfire Studios, each consisting of ex-Microsofties scattered to the virtual winds after Ensemble's September '08 demise. Robot' ... More >>

  • News

    May 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Halo Wars: A Top Video Game Designer Moves From One Local Company to Another

    Dave Pottinger, back when he was still at Robot earlier this year​It's been more than a year since Microsoft shuttered Dallas-based Ensemble Studios, which was responsible for, among others, such top-selling titles as Age of Empires, Age of Mythology and Halo Wars for Xbox 360. From that wreckage ... More >>

  • Music

    December 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Today In Music News: The Zune Lives, Jay-Z Gets Closer To Sony, and Chris Brown Wants Us To Know...

    Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, April 29, 2009... What do you do when your competition has about 90 percent of the market? You make your product link to the Xbox. Yep, Microsoft isn't ready to give up on the ol' Zune yet; it will launch the Zune HD in the fall. Looks like ... More >>

  • Music

    February 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    From Ensemble's Ashes, a New Bonfire

    Aw, dang. Had hoped to break this in the paper version of Unfair Park next week, where we profile former Ensemble Studios music-maker Stephen Rippy; but, oh, well, no such luck. Regardless, the September shuttering of Ensemble Studios -- the former Dallas-based indie-studio-turned-Microsoft property ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Amid More Oops, Lucille Hester's Story is On the Ropes

    Look, I love Lucille Hester "as my big sister", but this thing's gone too far for too long. With new discrepancies in her story cropping up on the hour every hour, if I'm in her corner I throw in the white towel. Watching a sweet, old forgetful/manipulative lady get bludgeoned is neve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    As You Lock and Load Your Halo Wars Demo, Keep An Ear Out For Plano's Stephen Rippy

    Xbox-ers are no doubt anxiously awaiting tomorrow, when Microsoft finally unleashes its Halo Wars demo in advance of the game's March 3 release date. (Am I the only person who misses Tempest? Ooooh -- thanks, Atari!) I digress. So happens there's an extremely local connection to the Halo spin-off: T ... More >>

  • Music

    January 15, 2009

    Could Cell Phones Topple iPods?

    Could your cellphone's ability to stream music render the iPod obsolete? Quite possibly.

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2008

    Ring In The Laughs

    Spend New Year's Eve with some local comedians

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008

    Mark Cuban Relates an Interesting Bill Gates Story, More or Less

    Picture not taken at Comdex in the 1980s Bill Gates is about to separate himself from Microsoft, not really, and CNET News got a few high-techies to offer their fave memories of the man married to St. Monica Catholic School and Ursuline Academy's bestest grad. Among the chosen people: Steve Jobs, Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    Study Figures Dallas-Fort Worth Has Fifth-Worst Traffic in U.S.

    In case you didn't know these were the DFW's traffic hot spots, INRIX sends a reminder. INRIX is a formerly Microsoft-affiliated company that keeps track of traffic. And, far as it's concerned, the Dallas-Fort Worth is a congested mess -- fifth-worst in the country, matter of fact, behind only Los A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    Dallas, Now Virtually Improved

    Late yesterday Microsoft unveiled a new-and-improved "Version 2" of its Live Maps, which claims to better render in 3D only four cities thus far: Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix and Dallas. Says Microsoft of its Virtual Earth experience: "Cities now have thousands more buildings than before especially no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2008

    Guitar Hero Will Save the Economy

    One industry clearly not worried about a recession: the video-game bidness. That's clear from this morning's news that Grapevine-based GameStop posted first-quarter earnings of $189.8 million -- up, oh, just 46 percent from last year's earnings during the same period. And the reason? Guess. Fine: "N ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    February 28, 2008

    Text Adventure

    Words get in the way of an otherwise stellar Lost Odyssey

  • News

    January 10, 2008

    Ask a Mexican

    Welcome to the United States, Mexicans. Now, how'd you like some new underwear?

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    French Lessons (From Mrs. Bill Gates)

    Melinda French doesn't do just a whole lot of interviews -- she usually lets her husband, departing (or is that, departing?) Microsoftie Bill Gates, do the couple's heavy high-profile lifting for the two of them, as she's off running their foundation and raising their three kids. But this week, the ... More >>

  • Home Entertainment

    December 6, 2007

    Future Shock

    Mass Effect is riveting — and a bit aggravating too.

  • Home Entertainment

    October 11, 2007

    Hype Machine

    Does Halo 3 live up to its billing?

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    Halo 3: Dallas Finishes the Fight

    Andrew Breshiers, a.k.a. "Cmndr Tatz," beams as he cradles his new love -- Halo 3.7 p.m. Sept. 24: Five hours before the most anticipated video game in history, Halo 3, will be released. Lines are forming. Droves of devoted fans all around the metroplex lined the streets waiting for the final instal ... More >>

  • News

    August 30, 2007

    Land of Opportunity...

    ...For many skilled immigrants, it's not here, it's home

  • Film

    June 7, 2007

    Geekology 101

    Judd Apatow explains himself

  • Home Entertainment

    June 7, 2007

    Three's a Charm

    A promising glimpse of the next Halo

  • Music

    May 3, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    May 25, 2006

    Next Big Things

    The five biggest attention-getters at E3.

  • Home Entertainment

    March 2, 2006

    Back to the Future

    The Xbox Live Arcade is a high-tech twist on the old-fashioned coin-op.

  • Music

    December 15, 2005

    Ryan Adams

    29 (Lost Highway)

  • Dining

    December 8, 2005

    Keeps Going

    Familiar, comfortable food soldiers on at The Bronx

  • Home Entertainment

    December 8, 2005

    Near Perfect

    Perfect Dark Zero isn't a bull's-eye, but it hits the target.

  • News

    March 3, 2005


    Mark Cuban, you so smart!

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2004

    Out of Africa

    Kwanzaa is community, not characters and catchphrases

  • Film

    December 25, 2003

    House of Pain

    It's Kingsley vs. Connelly in a heart-wrenching real estate battle

  • Dining

    May 8, 2003

    Barrel of Style

    Hope springs for Mercy

  • Culture

    August 8, 2002

    Do the Math

    The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.

  • Film

    November 29, 2001

    Flaming Wreck

    Owen Wilson goes down Behind Enemy Lines and lands in familiar terrain

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    E-publish or perish

    Move over Mr. Gutenberg -- Dallas Internet entrepeneur Patrick Seaman is hunting for the "killer app" to create the next revolution in publishing

  • News

    November 12, 1998

    Invasion of the bodyshoppers

    A shortage of American engineers and programmers spells boom times for brokers who peddle skilled foreign workers at bargain prices. Is it exploitation, or just good business?

  • News

    April 30, 1998

    Life in the slow lane

    The Information Age meets the technological Stone Age at Dallas schools

  • News

    June 27, 1996


    Atomic Cafe filmmaker Jayne Loader has won raves for her CD-ROM Public Shelter, but calls the 'new medium' a dud

  • News

    April 25, 1996
  • News

    April 4, 1996

    Wish Woman

    She hasn't got money or connections. But straight-shooting Linda Terrell is helping dying grownups live their dreams.

  • Music

    March 21, 1996

    The unusual suspects

    At South by Southwest, the magic moments count the most

  • News

    January 18, 1996

    Gold diggers

    The telecommunications bill brings out the greed in all of us

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