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A reader asks: how safe are fingerprint scanners?

A reader, Gina, asks, “I heard something on the radio that for security reasons it is not safe (secure) to use your thumbprint to log into your phone or any of your email or other accounts that have this choice. Could you answer this for me?" The...

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Worlds to explore in ‘Rime’ and horror to re-live in ‘Friday the 13th: the Game’

New video games out this week: “Rime.” (Out Friday) A lovely-looking adventure/puzzle game in the vein of “Ico” and “The Last Guardian” from Grey Box Games. Rated E-10+ for Everyone 10 and Older. $30 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. “Friday the 13th...

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South by Southwest extending brand to Europe with ‘me Convention’

South by Southwest is extending its brand further than it ever has before: to Europe. On Tuesday, SXSW announced more details about a new event called “me Convention” it will host in September in partnership with Mercedes-Benz. It takes place Sept...

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Tech Crawl: A $100 billion tech fund, Twitter co-founder regrets and Ford’s new CEO

Happy Monday, Austin! Let’s shake off the weekend rain and get back to work. Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today. Softbank’s big fund A partnership between Japanese tech company SoftBank and Saudi Arabia has yielded the world’s largest...

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Talking about WannaCry ransomware’s aftermath with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed the fallout from the WannaCry ransomware, which infected hundreds of thousands of Windows systems, mostly overseas, and which involved the NSA, Microsoft and Wikileaks, among others. You...

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Tech Crawl: FCC moves ahead against net neutrality, Lyft drivers prepare for return and quitting the Silicon Valley beat

You made it to Friday, Austin! Here’s some of the tech news we’re following today: FCC’s net neutrality vote It’s seemed inevitable for months, but on Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission began the process of undoing net neutrality rules...

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Dell leaves beige boxes far in the rearview with its design reinvention

Let’s think together for a moment about all the things you and I wish for when we’re buying a new laptop. It should be fast and powerful, at least capable enough to run the apps we need. It should be quiet, because no one wants to hear a jet engine...

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Gadgets galore at B8ta, a new boutique for techies at The Domain

Starting Saturday, Austin gadget hounds will have a new place to sniff out and try gear.  B8ta, a new retail chain based out of of San Francisco that sells technology products that largely fall into the “Internet of Things” category, is expanding...

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