PayDragon offers one-click mobile shopping for the real world

A new app called PayDragon hopes to make it easier for small businesses to accept orders from users without their having to wait in line to order. Once a user has downloaded it, he or she can add items from a menu simply by scanning a QR code.

Tiny Review comes to Austin and to the web with TinySX

The Tiny Review has ported its app’s functionality to the web, with a meme generator called TinySX. The site is focused solely on capturing the intricacies of SXSW, and to see what memes emerge from those both on the ground in Austin and at home.

Highlight app now lets you bookmark users, save them for later

Highlight is already the hot app to have at SXSW, and the event hasn’t even started yet. But an update provides a more intuitive dashboard and adds a few key features to give users more ways to communicate with each other and save them for later.

GigaOM and GigaOM Pro head to SXSW

GigaOM and GigaOM Pro writers and analysts are heading to SXSW: Are you? Here is a quick roundup of when they will be speaking, what they will be speaking about, and where to find them.

South by serendipity

Your phone now knows who you are, where you are, and who you might want to see. And at SXSW, all of those things are coming together in several apps that will make it easier to strike up a conversation in a roomful of strangers.

4 ways SXSW is like Davos (and one way it’s not)

I’ve never been to the World Economic Forum in Davos, but Nick Paumgarten from the New Yorker has, and in the most recent issue he laid out his view of the world’s most famous executive conference. And you know what? It sounds a lot like SXSWi.

The 10 Austin startups you need to meet at SXSW 2012

Pack up the robots, your Apple gear and the Red Bull because it’s almost time for South by Southwest in lovely Austin, Texas. Each year I’ve tried to showcase 10 hot startups in the city for visiting VCs, executives and job seekers. Here they are.