• USA TODAY tech columnist Jefferson Graham hosts the Talking Tech video series for USA TODAY, and the daily audio edition, heard on USATODAY.com, Stitcher, TuneIn, iTunes and SoundCloud. He's also an accomplished portrait photographer and jazz guitarist.

Elon Musk @Code conference

Elon Musk @Code Conference
We had a blast listening to Tesla and SpaceX CEO talk recently at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He talked about such lofty topics as creating colonies on Mars, hauling folks there beginning in 2024 and releasing a $35,000 self-driving car as early as next year.
But the most interesting thing about him–he sure liked to look upwards a lot!

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#TalkingTech on the Road — Georgia and Charleston

Charleston, SC
CHARLESTON, S.C. — This week #TalkingTech went on the road to the Southeast.

We recorded podcasts, took lots of photos, went live on Facebook and Periscope and met really cool people in Atlanta, Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.

Seersucker suits are prominently offered for sale on King Street in Charleston, SC

Seersucker suits are prominently offered for sale on King Street in Charleston, SC


The DigSouth festival was held in downtown Charleston

The DigSouth festival was held in downtown Charleston



Some trip highlights:
We rounded up our USA TODAY TalkingTech interviews with Brooks Buffington, co-founder of Atlanta-based social messaging app Yik Yak, Will Jamieson, chief marketing officer for Charleston-based mobile video app Stre.am, Kristina Montague, managing partner of the Jump Fund, a venture-capital firm that invests in female-led tech start-ups from Chattanooga, Tenn., and our visit to Savannah’s Benedetto Guitars. We put them all together into one extended podcast.

Click the link above to listen.
Tech firm PeopleMatter is based on King Street in Charleston

Tech firm PeopleMatter is based on King Street in Charleston


Below: a video of my chat with Jamieson’s boss at Stre.am, Eric Bowman, who also owns the local soccer team and stadium. What did we do after the chat? Played soccer, of course.

We loved meeting Kristina Montague, the managing partner of the Jump Fund, which invests in female led tech firms from Chattanooga, TN. She’s wearing shoes made on a 3-D printer by Feetz, one of the fund’s investments.

And of course, no visit to Savannah is complete without stopping by fine jazz guitar maker Benedetto. My chat with the company president and jazz guitar great Howard Paul.

Jefferson Graham tries out a guitar at Benedetto's HQ in Savannah

Jefferson Graham tries out a guitar at Benedetto’s HQ in Savannah

Benedetto Guitars
Jared Stubbs holds imported Italian wood that will become transformed to a fine jazz guitar

Jared Stubbs holds imported Italian wood that will become transformed to a fine jazz guitar

Culinary highlights–no visit to Savannah is complete without visiting the historic Clary’s Cafe, (circa 1903) or busy Leopold’s Ice Cream, also from 1903, complete with drugstore fountain, malts, milk shakes, orangeade and rich, goeey Peanut Butter Chippy’s. In Charleston we had the best cookie ever, Katy’s PB Perfection, with peanut butter chips, PB cups and Reese’s Pieces, from King Street Cookies.
Clary's cafe is a neighborhood favoriteClary's

A classic movie theater, ice cream parlor and art school dot Abacorn Street in Savannah

A classic movie theater, ice cream parlor and art school dot Abacorn Street in Savannah

Classic old home in Savannah

Classic old home in Savannah

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Sights and smells from Charleston, SC

They like to take pictures of doors in Charleston, South Carolina–and for good reason!
They’re pretty stunning.
Classic Charleston doorAnother classic Charleston door
Old Charleston Home
Here’s a collection of images from my recent Charleston visit–highlighted, of course, by the amazing Creamsicle cookies, via King Street Cookies. I was in town recently to speak at the Dig South conference.Orange Creamsicle cookie from King Street CookiesA former meat plant turned theaterUniversity housing in Charleston

Love this old Dentist sign from an office in Charleston

Love this old Dentist sign from an office in Charleston

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