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What’s the deal with ‘OLED’ screens?

A few years ago, a big-screen television using so-called “OLED” screen technology cost so much that it was out of the reach of most shoppers. But this year’s Consumer Electronics Show featured a flood of new OLED sets and prices have dropped enough...

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Rooster Teeth’s ‘RWBY: Grimm Eclipse,’ ‘Gravity Rush 2’ lead the week’s new games

New video games out this week: “RWBY: Grimm Eclipse.” Austin’s popular home-grown animated series “RWBY” from Rooster Teeth becomes a console game in this four-player hack-and-slash title featuring online co-op play and a new storyline, villains...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook may stop paying publishers for Facebook Live content

Happy Tuesday, Austin! For many of us who had Martin Luther King Jr. Day off work, it’s like a Monday. We’ve brought you the best tech news from around the Web that broke over the three-day weekend. Facebook Live is so 2016 Recode reports that several...

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'Austin Remembers: MLK’ app uses augmented-reality tech ahead of 2017 celebration 

In advance of Monday’s celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an Austin company has released an iOS and Android app, “Austin Remembers: MLK.” The app uses augmented reality technology (made popular last year by “Pokemon Go”) to give users a...

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Austin’s patent activity grew 11.2 percent last year

The number of patents issued to Austin inventors grew 11.2 percent in 2016 to over 4,000, according to a report put out by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce this week.  Patents are considered a key indicator of entrepreneurial activity in a region...

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Tech Crawl: Nintendo Switch pricing and launch date set, Consumer Reports change tune on Apple laptops and an Amazon talent poaching

Happy Friday! Here’s tech news we’re following this morning. Nintendo reveals more Switch details The next Nintendo console, Switch, was shown more detail in an online presentation last night. The company revealed that the home TV/portable hybrid...

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Talking about 2017 tech prognostications with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we borrowed some notes from soothsayer Omarstadamus, and peeked into the future of technology for 2017. You can hear some predictions about Apple, Uber and Lyft in Austin, and whether Amazon’s Echo devices...

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When Intel employees worked 50-hour weeks

In the early 1980s, Austin was a burgeoning hub for technology firms.  One of the handful of tech companies that had an Austin presence was Intel. Its Austin workforce focused on developing database-management software. But on January 12, 1982, Intel...

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Meme watch: who is this suave, Turkish #SaltBae meat slicer?

Even for a town obsessed with where to find the best BBQ, the attention might seem a little much. But Austin, like the rest of world, is not immune to the charms of Nusret Gökçe, a Turkish restaurant owner and butcher who has a way with meats. Gökçe...

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Amid stagnating PC sales, Dell grew shipments last year

Even in a year when Dell Technologies was distracted by its $58 billion merger with data storage giant EMC Corp. the Round Rock-based company managed to grow its market share in PC shipments.  According to quarterly reports released Wednesday by two...

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