South by Southwest

South by Southwest may have started as a film and music festival, but these days it’s the Interactive portion that draws geeks, entrepreneurs and social-media moguls from all over the country. From new apps and startup announcements to celebrity appearances and brilliant keynotes, Austin becomes the center of the tech universe for a week, and we’ll be covering it all.

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With record sales dwindling, big brand sponsorships are taking over music

With dwindling record sales and miniscule micropayments from streaming services, musicians are turning to sponsorships to close the discrepancies and provide some income.

Music

SXSW 2014: IBM’s Watson stars in the kitchen as well as TV’s Jeopardy

After slicing and dicing through Jeopardy a couple of years back, IBM's Watson has taken the stage at SWSX 2014 in Austin, Texas to take on and conquer a new challenge: conjuring up cooking recipes.

Computing

Edward Snowden at SXSW: Encryption is the answer to NSA surveillance

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told the crowd at SXSW 2014 that better encryption tools are the best way to limit mass government surveillance, and called on the techologists in attendance to help create these tools.

Web

The CUPID stun gun drone will hunt you down, zap you into submission

Chaotic Moon Studios has combined two terrifying things – stun guns and drones – to make the ultimate in high-flying DIY weaponry. Watch a video of the CUPID stun gun drone in action here.

Cool Tech

Neil Young’s high-fidelity music player to sell for $400, hits Kickstarter Saturday

Neil Young's high-fidelity 'Pono' music player is set to land on Kickstarter this weekend. The device, when it's finally launched, will come with a $400 price tag, though audiophiles pre-ordering through the crowdfunding site will be offered a discount.

Home Theater

Marvel adds sound to its digital comics

The Marvel Unlimited app has just been given a major upgrade in time for SXSW — as well as smoother animations and video extras, audio soundtracks can now be included alongside comics.

Mobile

Android heading to wearable devices

Google has plenty to share at SXSW — Android is coming to wearable devices, Chromecast is coming to more countries, and a YouTube music service might still be coming to everyone... eventually.

Android Army

Popular app Secret sets up anonymous Web feed for SXSW

Will Secret be the big break-out app of South By Southwest 2014? Decide for yourself by installing the app or checking out the live feed of 'secrets' being posted live from Austin, Texas.

Mobile