• Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Tight Budget Ends DISD's Successful Program to Keep College-Bound Kids Motivated by Texts

    Between the excitement surrounding high school graduation and the ensuing laziness of the summer months, it's not uncommon for many college-bound students to flame out. In particular, first generation college students have trouble following through with their fall university plans in the summer mont ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014
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    January 14, 2014

    FoodFumble App Now Allows You to Search Dallas Restaurants' Health Inspections

    Back in November we told you about FoodFumble, a bare-bones mobile application that lets users search for the health department's food safety scores awarded to area restaurants. Frisco resident Noel Geren created the app to help users make more informed dining decisions. The only problem was the ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    DART's Mobile Ticketing App Is Rolling Out Next Week

    Good news for anyone who's ever fumbled with change under a bus driver's withering glare, or frantically mashed buttons on the ticket dispenser as the train pulls away. Starting next Monday, September 16, you can avoid all that thanks to GoPass, DART's new mobile ticketing app. It works about how y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    The Frackers and the Environmentalists Will Square Off at Dallas City Hall This Week

    This was all supposed to be wrapped up months ago. The City Council formed the Gas Drilling Task Force more than a year ago, which was initially scheduled to wrap things up and have a final recommendation by November. A handful of issues -- proper setbacks, whether to allow drilling in parks and flo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Want to Ride to Work With Strangers, North Texas? There Will Soon Be An App For That.

    Slugging, aka commuting to work in random strangers' cars, has long been a thing in Houston and a handful of other cities across the country but never in Dallas. Maybe it's that use of our HOV lanes requires only two people per vehicle or that Dallas doesn't have enough pockets of density. Maybe it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Tabbed Out: The iPhone App That Lets You Close Your Tab without Really Opening One

    The Katy Trail Ice House was a zoo on Friday. There wasn't a single seat available, and there was a wait at the bar to get a beer. Despite the crowd, I was able to get in, order a Lawnmower, chug it and get out in about five minutes. How'd I do it? An iPhone app called Tabbed Out that promises to li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    The Incredible Shrinking Bond Forfeitures: At This Rate, County Will Owe Bondsmen Money

    Photo by Brantley Hargrove​On Sunday the daily reported that Dallas County had some $35 million in outstanding bond forfeitures. Oh, but wait: Yesterday Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins shot back, calling the number a "gross misinterpretation of the true nature and totality of the bail bond fo ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2011

    Get With the Program

    Ableton Live becomes the latest technological advance to shape music.

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Dear Dallas Morning News: I Love the Pay Wall. No, Really. Now May I Please Come In?

    ​I'm all for pay walls. Pay walls r me. When newspapers like The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times put up pay walls, charging readers for access to news content, I figure they're trying to get ink-stained schlubs like me paid. I know there are people out there who think we reporters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Presenting! The New Village Voice Best Of App

    Download the App in the iTunes Store, or search "best of " in the App Store.​A few months ago we announced the launch of the Dallas Observer iPhone app, (which is completely free, dudes), and now we have a new one for you: the Best Of.. Village Voice Media App. Before we get a breathy announcement ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 12, 2010
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    August 8, 2010

    Presenting! The Completely Free Dallas Observer iPhone App

    Download the App for free in the iTunes App Store under Dallas Observer.​Let's get right to the announcement: our brand-spanking new Dallas Observer iPhone App is available for download, right now, in the iTunes App Store. Before we launch into an epic "presenting" speech, where we tell you that's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Get Happy! And App-y

    To get the Happy Hours App, click here or search Happy Hours in the iPhone App Store.​In this week's cover story, Jesse Hughey and the editorial monks working in the stoney basements of the Dallas Observer have cataloged 50 bars and clubs happy hour specials.The really, really awesome ones. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    DC9er Mixtape, Vol. 9: DJ Merritt

    ​Twenty-something years ago, Merritt was just your average high school kid, hanging out and throwing keggers. But, one Saturday afternoon, on his way to help set up a party, Merritt witnessed a series of life-changing events which transformed him into DJ Merritt--pretty much over night. Now, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Dallas Among Top 10 Cities When It Comes to Putting Off Filing Tax Returns

    ​So says Intuit, maker of Turbo Tax, which this morning released a list of "this year's biggest tax procrastinators." For the second year in a row, Dallas comes in at No. 9 on the wait list -- which, incidentally, is topped by Houston, so there. And Austin comes in at No. 4, after placing 11th las ... More >>

  • News

    February 4, 2010
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    August 21, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    It was an unusually frantic week at City of Ate, thanks in part to those [expletive deleted]'s at Lazare, but more to our own tedious blogging software, which one day decided--all on its own--to block all comments.Still, we had a lot to work with. And if we were giving away prizes, these fine folks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Garland Game-Makers Taken to NY Court Over Loooong-Delayed Duke Nukem Forever

    One of the few things folks have seen from Duke Nukem Forever, in the making since 1997According to its Web site, Apogee Software "is considered the founder and father of the local Dallas-area game development community," but it's no more. The PC shareware developer's been dead all of a week now, so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    A Wolfenstein at the Door: Id's Still Working On a New iPhone App, But There is Quake Live

    A screenshot from Wolfenstein RPG for your cell phoneMesquite-based id Software's but moments away from unleashing its browser-based Quake Live, and in advance of that momentous open-beta occasion, John Carmack talks to MTV Multiplayer today about everything happening at id these days (everything ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    A Dallas Company Has Figured Out How to Keep Cell Phones Off the Road

    A Dallas-based company called WQN now sells software called WebSafety, which runs $10 a month and shuts down a cell phone when a driver is, um, driving. The software uses GPS technology, and, after the driver hits a certain speed, the software disables the phone. Which parents love, since it'll keep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    It Only Took Seven Years to Find Out Convention Center Bought Bum Software

    In a April 2004 review of the Dallas Convention Center, the City Auditor's Office determined that the Department of Convention and Event Services wasn't using software -- called Convention Center Resource Information and Control System -- purchased in 2001 that was intended to "enhance event schedul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    John Carmack Has Space Balls

    Armadillo Aerospace The artist's conception of the so-called "Quad" layout vehicle, which Armadillo entered in the X Prize Cup 2006. In February 2007, Time magazine ranked id Software's John Carmack high on its list of space cowboys with a legit shot at getting into space, which, as I've always und ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2008

    At the Anatole, John Carmack Got Gamers Quaking in Their Booties

    Amazing how we got any work done around here about 13 years ago. At this very moment, thousands of gamers are wandering the Hilton Anatole looking to get their annual QuakeCon on. Jason Ocampo of live-blogged the warm-up press conference last night -- and, wow, sounds like id Software guru J ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 31, 2008

    Doo bee doo ba ba da!

    Danny Tanner would be proud

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007

    Review: Jonathan Coulton at Club Dada

    Club Dada was filled with cubicle drones who looked like they came straight from Chotchkies. I would venture to guess a lot of code went unwritten last night. The geeks gathered to see their king: Jonathan Coulton. You’ve heard the story by now: He used to write software, quit to play music full ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007
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    February 15, 2007

    Greg Brady Owes SEC $8.3 Million, But Still Gets To Keep Room in Attic

    Frankly, I don't have the time or the smarts to thoroughly explain what Dallas-based i2 Technologies Inc. is or what happened to its former chief executive officer, Gregory Brady. For the former, all you need to do is go to the company's Web site, where you'll find the company describes itself as a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2006

    The Backdating Scene

    I've been fairly--or is that Unfairly?--obsessed with the backdating scandal at Afflilated Computer Services Inc., which is being investigated by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission for giving stock options to its top execs and dating them just before those stocks ex ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 20, 2006

    Full House

    Gamble on Lost Vegas at Barnes & Noble

  • News

    February 9, 2006

    Software Bug

    Dallas Appraisal District battles a software developer over property rights

  • News

    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

  • Music

    November 10, 2005

    Burning the Faithful

    New copy-protected CDs screw over the only honest customers the music industry has left

  • News

    October 27, 2005

    Spike Dance

    The Hunt Oil people were shakin' their booties at City Hall last week

  • Calendar

    March 31, 2005

    True Stories

    Anne Tucker shows Beauty is in the Feet of the Beholder

  • News

    March 3, 2005


    Mark Cuban, you so smart!

  • News

    March 18, 2004

    Screwing the Man

    Electronic Robin Hoods claim music file-swapping is an act of civil disobedience

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2003

    Cheap Thrills

    Movies in Motion are movies for gratis

  • News

    March 13, 2003

    Hard Words for Software

    DCAD spends $5.5 million developing its own computer program. Why?

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Big-Ticket Laura

    No fix for potholes, but big parks for the fat cats

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Used Computer Store

    Tran Computer Service

  • News

    November 30, 2000

    Code of Conduct

    Dave Thomas' book offers workplace philosophy for more than just computer freaks and geeks

  • Culture

    January 20, 2000

    Look at this!

    Loving art -- and Art Kid -- at the DMA is a many-gendered thing

  • Music

    July 29, 1999

    Shut in breaks down the last barrier to being a musician -- leaving the house

  • News

    March 11, 1999

    Ignorance is bliss

    Two supposed champions of open government are pushing hard to keep campaign finance records off the Internet. What don't they want you to know?

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Plano wades into the thicket of Internet access, porn, and the First Amendment

  • News

    July 31, 1997

    Executive sweet

    DISD Superintendent Yvonne Gonzalez spent a lot more on her new office than taxpayers were told

  • News

    March 7, 1996
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    April 13, 1995
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