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AP-NORC poll: Most teens have taken social media break

NEW YORK — The common stereotype has teens glued to their phones 24-7. But nearly 60 percent of teens in the U.S. have actually taken a break from social media — the bulk of them voluntarily, a new survey found . The poll, from The Associated Press-NORC...

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Tech Crawl: Tech industry and Trump agree on taxes

It’s earnings season, which means we’re getting our quarterly glimpse at how tech companies are performing financially. Here’s what companies are reporting, plus other top tech news: Tech industry and Trump agree on taxes The tech industry hasn’t...

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Five Austin-based apps that can make your life easier

Austin might not be the headquarters of app juggernauts like Uber or Instacart, but there are plenty of hometown-developed apps targeted toward consumers.  These apps aiming to solve problems like finding the right babysitter or getting a meal delivered...

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Austin-based Silicon Labs posts double-digit revenue and profit growth

The Internet of Things continues to boost sales at Silicon Labs.  The Austin-based chipmaker reported $179 million in revenue for its fiscal first quarter, which ended April 1. That is a 10.5 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago. But...

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Tech Crawl: AT&T slammed over Austin ‘5G Evolution’  launch, Twitter’s turnaround and more awful crimes shown on Facebook

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories worth checking out this morning: Fake news or fake 5G? Tuesday should have been a great day for AT&T in Austin: the telecom company announced “5G Evolution” enhanced speeds in some parts...

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Having a virtual reality experience at Whole Foods’ new 365 store in Cedar Park

With just a handful of its new 365 by Whole Foods stores up and running, it’s hard – if not downright impossible – for all 87,000 Whole Foods Market employees to get to know the Austin-based chain’s newest offering. There are just three of the stores...

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Grande Communications makes 1-gigabit internet available to all Austin subscribers

San Marcos-based Grande Communications is making 1-gigabit internet service available to all its customers in Austin and San Marcos starting Tuesday. All subscribers in Dallas, Midland and Odessa can also get the ultra-fast service now, as well, with...

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Austin global intelligence firm Stratfor introduces new digital platform

A year ago, software executive Dave Sikora took the helm of Austin-based Stratfor with the goal of expanding the global intelligence company’s digital content offerings. On Tuesday, the company is unveiling the results: A new platform called Worldview...

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This should end well: Target turns shopping carts into ‘Mario Karts’ ahead of new Nintendo Switch game release

It’s like the old saying goes: The racetrack to “Mario Kart” promotion is paved with good intentions. And banana peels. In preparation for the April 28 release of “Mario Kart 8” on the Nintendo Switch, more than 600 Target locations across America...

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Tech crawl: Uber plans a ‘flying car’ event in Texas; and yes, Amber Heard and Elon Musk are dating

Happy Monday, Austin. We hope your weekend was a great one, and that the new work week goes well. Here’s a look at some of the technology-related stories making news and generating buzz around the internet this morning: Uber brings ‘flying car’...

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360-degree photos on offer in new Austin-made ‘Hangar360’ drone app

Hangar, an Austin software company that last year raised $6.5 million to develop software and attract new customers, has just released an app for creating 360-degree photos that can be shot from consumer drones. “Hangar 360” for iOS  is a free app...

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Talking about ‘Feature creep’ and bloated apps with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about a recent 512tech Digital Savant Micro about Facebook Messenger, and how it’s getting pumped up full of (perhaps unnecessary) new features that have nothing to do with chat. It’s a discussion...

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Austin’s Evelyn (Ngugi) From the Internets is now a YouTube Creator for Change

Evelyn Ngugi, an Austin YouTube star better known to some fans as “Evelyn From the Internets” on Thursday was named one of 27 Creators for Change.  The program promotes positive social change by choosing video makers who are “tackling social issues...

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What happened when we tested Comparably’s new tech salary tool

A California-based company called Comparably is trying to drum up publicity today for its new “fair pay” reporting tool. The idea is you put in your department, job title and zip code and it spits back an estimated salary. They don’t ask for years...

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For the second time in a year, Austin-based tech firm Spanning Cloud Apps has a new owner

An Austin company that was acquired by Dell Technologies as part of the acquisition with EMC Corp. has a new owner. Spanning Cloud Apps has been acquired by Insight Venture Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm, for an undisclosed sum...

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Tech Crawl: What the reviewers think of the new Samsung Galaxy S8, and automating all your household chores

Good Thursday morning to you, Austin.  The weekend is almost here; just a couple more days to fight through during this work week. Until then, here’s a look at some of the tech-related stories making news and generating buzz around the old World Wide...

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How ‘World of Warcraft’ made Native Commerce’s Keren Kang a better CEO

Walking into Native Commerce CEO Keren Kang’s office, at a South Austin space the company has occupied since September, is a study in contrasts. The chairs that face her desk are adorned with comfy-looking white feather cushions and the office space...

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Trump’s ‘Hire American’ H-1B visa policies could impact Austin-area tech companies

As word leaked out Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s executive order, which authorizes further study of a government program that allows U.S. companies to hire foreign workers, Austin companies said they were hoping the administration would hear...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook sees its future in AR, and announces a new VR platform

It’s Wednesday, Austin, and that means we’re halfway to the weekend. Today’s tech news is dominated by news coming out of Facebook’s F8 developer conference. Facebook details how smartphones will fuel an augmented reality future On Tuesday, Facebook...

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