Todd & Don with Louis Black from The Austin Chronicle "SXSW is Back!"
3/7/2014 9:39:00 AM
The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.
KLBJ's Todd Jeffries and Don Pryor talk sat down with Louis Black, from The Austin Chronicle. He is one of founders of SXSW.
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Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the SXSW Trade Show: The Exhibition for Creative Industries and global networking opportunities abound.
Austin serves as the perfect backdrop for SXSW®, where career development flourishes amid the relaxed atmosphere. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for ...
Todd & Don "We Heart It" / SxSw Interactive
3/6/2014 5:53:00 AM
The SXSW Interactive Conference is underay. News Radio KLBJ Todd Jeffries and Don Pryor are excited to introduce you to "We Heart It". It's a new social app that has a positive spin. (Listen to the radio interview "We Heart It" to the left)
We Heart It is an image-based social network for inspiring images. We Heart It describes itself as "A home for your inspiration" and a place to "Organize and share the things you love." Users can collect (or "heart") their favorite images to share with friends and organize into sets. Users can access the site through a web browser or We Heart It's iOS and Android mobile apps.
New users can join via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Users can access the site through a normal web browser or through the site's official mobile iOS app for iPhone, iPod or iPad and Android app. New ...
Group wants heart attack warning on testosterone
2/25/2014 6:48:00 AM
A consumer advocacy group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to add a bold warning label to popular testosterone drugs for men in light of growing evidence that the hormone treatments can increase the risk of heart attack.
The group Public Citizen says the agency should immediately add a "black box" warning — the most serious type — to all testosterone medications and require manufacturers to warn physicians about a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death with the treatments.
The FDA announced last month that it was reviewing the safety of drugs like the blockbuster testosterone gel, AndroGel, in light of two recent studies that showed higher rates of cardiovascular problems in men. The agency said its review was first prompted by a U.S. Veterans Affairs study published in November 2013 that showed a 30 percent increase in stroke, heart attack and death among older men ...
Nutrition labels set for major overhaul
2/25/2014 6:30:00 AM
Should a regular bag of Chex Mix be labeled as containing eight servings, or just two? Should pasta sauce jars tell how much sugar was added?
The Obama administration is expected to take a major step toward addressing questions like these on Thursday when it unveils the first update to nutrition labels on food packages in more than two decades.
The big changes coming to the iconic Nutrition Facts panel are to be rolled out Thursday, sources say, when First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to make an announcement in the East Room at the White House “regarding proposals to help parents and other consumers make healthier choices.” Neither White House nor Food and Drug Administration officials would confirm the timeline.
The event is part of the fourth anniversary celebration of Let’s Move!, Obama’s campaign to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.
CNN Reporter from Janurary
Most states lag in health insurance sign-ups
2/13/2014 11:06:00 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most states are still lagging when it comes to sign-ups under President Barack Obama's health care law, but an Associated Press analysis of numbers reported Wednesday finds a dozen high-achievers getting ahead of the game.
Huge disparities are emerging in how well states are living up to federal enrollment targets, and that will help determine if the White House reaches its unofficial goal of having 7 million signed up by the end of March, six weeks away.
Connecticut is the nation's top performer, signing up more than twice the number of residents it had been projected to enroll by the end of January. Massachusetts, which pioneered the approach Obama took in his law, is at the bottom of the list, having met only 5 percent of its target.
Six Republican-led states — Florida, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin — are on pace or better. Residents ...
Charles Maund Toyota 100 Cars For Good, Gives two vehicles to two local nonprofits
2/13/2014 9:08:00 AM
Austin's Charles Maund Toyota has presented two vehicles, a 2014 Toyota Sienna and a 2014 Toyota Tundra, to Austin non-profits "Drive a Senior" and "Foundation for the Homeless". The donation was part of Toyota's Annual 100 Cars for Good program. 100 Cars for Good is a national philanthropic initiative in which the automaker gives away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 50 days, based on votes from the public. The program benefits organizations that touch real lives and is the first Toyota initiative that engages the public in determining how corporate philanthropic donations will be awarded.
"Charles Maund Toyota is proud to have a role in the 100 Cars for Good program and recognize Drive a Senior and Foundation for the Homeless for the positive impact they make each day in the Austin Community," said Jim Di Meo, GM Charles Maund Toyota. "The 100 Cars for Good ...
Toddlers love selfies: Parenting in an iPhone age
1/29/2014 9:48:00 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every so often, Brandi Koskie finds dozens of photos of her 3-year-old daughter, Paisley, on her iPhone — but they aren't ones Koskie has taken.
"There'll be 90 pictures, sideways, of the corner of her eye, her eyebrow," said Koskie, who lives in Wichita, Kan. "She's just tapping her way right into my phone."
The hidden photos, all shot by Paisley, illustrate a phenomenon familiar to many parents in today's tech-savvy world: Toddlers love selfies. Observant entrepreneurs have caught on to these image-obsessed tots, marketing special apps that make taking photos super-easy for little fingers. You can even buy a pillow with a smartphone pocket so toddlers can take selfies during diaper changes.
But toddlers aren't the only ones taking photos nonstop. It's not unusual for doting parents to snap thousands of digital photos by the time their child is 2. Today's toddlers think nothing of ...
Obama on minimum wage: Give America a raise
1/29/2014 9:46:00 AM
LANHAM, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama says it's time to give American a raise. Obama is at a Costco warehouse in Maryland to promote higher minimum wages the morning after announcing a new executive order in his State of the Union address. Obama's action will raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10. Obama says no one who works fulltime should ever have to raise a child in poverty. He says he's choosing to make 2014 a year of action because too many Americans are struggling just to get by.
Obama is calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage for all workers to $10.10. He says raising the rate doesn't require new federal spending and it would help Americans make ends meet. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. President Barack Obama is promoting ...
Report: NASCAR considering radical Chase changes
1/20/2014 1:37:00 PM
A 16-driver championship field that would be whittled down to create a winner-take-all season finale is among radical changes reportedly being considered by NASCAR. NASCAR chairman Brian France has repeatedly said he wants to place a greater emphasis on winning, and he's never ruled out tinkering with the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format in an effort to create the "Game 7 moments" he covets. The Charlotte Observer first reported Friday night a possible overhaul to the Chase format that France first introduced in 2004 and has made periodic changes to several times since.
Citing anonymous sources, The Observer outlined three major changes beginning with expanding the field from 12 drivers to 16 — meaning a win during the "regular season" would virtually guarantee a driver a spot in the field.
Once the field is set, The Observer said NASCAR is considering eliminations during the 10-race Chase.
The field ...
Transportation sec'y upbeat about infrastructure
1/15/2014 11:24:00 AM
Americans spend a total of 600,000 years stuck in traffic every year. The nation has about 100,000 bridges old enough for Medicare. And a recent global ranking put the United States' infrastructure in 25th place, just behind Barbados. But Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says he sees signs the nation may finally be ready to tackle its "infrastructure deficit."
One reason for optimism is that some members of Congress are beginning to talk about specific proposals to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund, which has been teetering on the edge of insolvency for years, Foxx told The Associated Press in an interview.
The fund pays for federal highway and transit aid, as well as many transportation safety programs. It's funded primarily through federal gas and diesel taxes, but revenues haven't kept pace with transportation needs. Without congressional action, the fund could start "bouncing checks" as soon as August, according to ...