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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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Honda puts VR tech on wheels with its personal mobility device

Honda believes its Uni-One personal mobility device could be a lot of fun when combined with VR tech.
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Piracy, lost deals, and apps: The risks film festivals face while going digital

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Amazon to stream SXSW movies as part of free virtual film festival

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SXSW conference canceled as coronavirus fears mount

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Digital Trends Live: SXSW shrinks, Twitter’s ‘fleets,’ and more

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SXSW: Apple and Netflix pull out over coronavirus outbreak

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SXSW 2020’s fate uncertain after Twitter, Facebook pull out amid coronavirus fears

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Digital Trends Live: Tesla Model Y, The Missing Link, and good digital hygiene

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Digital Trends Live: Facebook outage, best of SXSW, and more

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Digital Trends Live: Apple’s March event, Huawei 5G concerns, and SXSW coverage

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Foursquare introduces Hypertrending feature: Creepy or cool?

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Open Meals is teleporting 3D-printed sushi to the ends of the earth

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‘Ready Player One’ virtual reality extravaganza debuts at SXSW

The South by Southwest Film Festival has turned into the OASIS, with Ready Player One virtual reality experiences that immerse attendees in the world of the film.
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With Sony Motion Sonic, your dance moves shape the music you're hearing

Sony's Motion Sonic wearable is a wrist-mounted music modulation device, that even lets you play air guitar with real sound.
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Sega: ‘Project Sonic 2017’ is now called ‘Sonic Forces’; ‘Sonic Mania’ delayed

Sega updated fans at SXSW on the upcoming pair of Sonic games. Project Sonic 2017 is called Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania has been delayed.
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Director Gareth Edwards reflects on joining Star Wars universe in SXSW speech

The keynote speech given by Rogue One director Gareth Edwards at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival is online now.
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Sony’s ‘superception’ VR tech could let users see virtual worlds through another’s eyes

Sony's "superception" technology promises to add another layer to the VR experience by letting users share each others' perspectives.
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Telltale’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to make gameplay debut at SXSW

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series will be unveiled at PAX East this weekend, followed by an interactive gameplay session at SXSW.
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Explore the sights of Tokyo while in an 8K virtual reality ride in Texas

Japanese media and entertainment companies will allow people tour Tokyo in virtual reality without a headset.
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President's South By South Lawn festival to focus on issues he holds dear

President Barack Obama's SXSW-inspired South By South Lawn festival will feature the Stranger Things cast, Leonardo DiCaprio and other heavy hitters.
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Feel like you're flying in VR using these clever Samsung concept headphones

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Hyperloop CEO wants to use ‘augmented windows….to make traveling suck less’

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Obama urges techies to compromise on encryption

Speaking at SXSW is Austin, Texas, President Barack Obama urged techies to not be "absolutists" when it comes to encryption on smartphones and beyond.
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SXSW to feature the premiere of Star Wars documentary Secrets of The Force Awakens

A documentary on the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will premiere at South by Southwest on March 14.
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Barack and Michelle Obama to speak at SXSW in Austin

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will give separate keynote speeches at this year's SXSW festival in Austin.
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Spotify's party house at SXSW will have live performances and a cardio party

For its fifth South by Southwest visit, Spotify plans its Spotify House showcase to include more than 45 performances and interactive experiences.
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Dotty, the short film about an old woman trying to text her daughter, will make you laugh and cry

Dotty, the incredibly moving short film about an old British woman trying to text her daughter, is moving even the coldest critics to tears.

Did Google shoot too high with its Glass ‘moonshot,’ or not high enough?

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Five fresh music acts to check out at SXSW

Ahead of the music portion of the 29th annual South By Southwest festival which begins today, we've picked five must-see musical acts.
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Enjoy SXSW from your living room with new SXSW On streaming video service

SXSW On, the festival's free streaming video platform on Roku, YouTube and, allows you to watch the music and tech conference from your couch.
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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 deliver the dough.
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SXSW 2014: IBM’s Watson stars in the kitchen as well as TV’s Jeopardy

Is there anything that Watson can't do?

Titanfall’s SXSW launch celebration in photos

Microsoft shares photos from Titanfall's launch party at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

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.