As it starts creating its own games, Austin’s Certain Affinity is expanding to new HQ

One of Austin’s longest-running major video game companies is finally raising its profile after 10 years of staying out of the spotlight.  Certain Affinity, which has done work on blockbuster games including “Halo 4,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and...

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Tech Crawl: UPS slings drones from truck, ‘MST3K’ release date set and Milo out at Breitbart

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here’s a few tech stories that caught our eye today: UPS drone delivery coming along Back in September, we heard about UPS testing drones for delivery. Not to be outdone by Amazon, the shipping company this week revealed that...

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'Halo Wars 2’ arrives, ‘Psychonauts’ returns in ‘The Rhombus of Ruin’ VR adventure

New video games out this week: “Halo Wars 2.” Microsoft’s “Halo” saga continues in this real-time strategy game with a story that serves as scene setting for “Halo 6.” Buying the game gives players access to both the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions...

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Talking tech, politics and South by Southwest with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed tech and politics, specifically all the change and disruption happening due to a Donald J. Trump presidency. We also touched on a story published earlier this week on 512tech about the...

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How do you hack a military boat? Maritime hackathon this weekend offers the challenge

This weekend, Capital Factory will play host to a cybersecurity event by way of the sea. A hackathon event put together by Booz Allen Hamilton, the U.S. Navy’s Naval Post Graduate School and the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental will work to improve...

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Can VR overcome its challenges to go mainstream? I have some doubts

A few weeks ago, I got an email offering me a download code to review a virtual reality game called “Gunship Battle2 VR” for a the Samsung Gear VR. Last year, I had purchased a Gear VR, a headset that costs about $50-$99 and works with Samsung phones...

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Tech Crawl: Apple TV evolving too slowly, Facebook shifts to social good and Samsung exec arrested

Happy Friday, Austin! Let’s gear up for the weekend with some TGIF tech stories, shall we? Apple TV to get 4K, but why so late? Bloomberg reports frustration at Apple in its Apple TV team, which, as one source says, was supposed to be a revolution...

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How to save photos and other data on a dying iPad

A reader, Shanon, asks: “After reading your article regarding iPhone holding a charge, I wanted to ask you about same issue for my iPad. A few weeks ago, my iPad started losing battery power very quickly. I would work on it while keeping it plugged...

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What’s the deal with that ‘Halo Wars 2’ mural in downtown Austin?

If you’ve been near West 5th Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin this week, you might have noticed a new piece of street art sporting a Snapchat code and a strange creature. The creature is Atriox from the “Halo” universe. The mural is there...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook wants more videos in your face; who’s got the best unlimited wireless plan? 

Happy Hump Day, everyone! Here are some of the top tech stories worth checking out today: Facebook doesn’t care if you don’t like auto-play videos Are you distracted by the near-constant assault of national political news that has seemingly everyone...

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