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Talking with Texas Standard about why Hauwei’s struggling with wireless carriers in the U.S.

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the news that the Chinese gadget maker Huawei lost a partnership with AT&T to bring a flagship product to the U.S. with that wireless carrier. Why is the government concerned about...

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Friday Tech Crawl: feed changes for Facebook, a Dropbox IPO, GM wants to drop steering wheels (in test cars) and ‘Star Wars’ pencil music

Happy Friday, folks! Here’s some of the tech news we’re following this morning: Facebook wants you to spend more time with family and friends We know we’ve been saying this for a while, but Facebook is really, really serious about changing the news...

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Always Connected PCs to help blur the line between computers and phones

Have you ever wished your laptop was connected automatically online all the time instead of requiring you to seek a Wi-Fi hotspot whenever you’re traveling or trying to get work done at a coffee shop? Two tech titans, Microsoft and Qualcomm, are hoping...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Qualcomm set to win EU backing for $39B NXP deal, plus more tech news

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s happening: Qualcomm set to win EU approval for $39B deal for NXP Qualcomm Inc. is set to clinch European Union antitrust approval for its...

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Austin’s Shelfbucks, which helps retailers make the most of in-store displays, rings up $9M

Shelfbucks, which lets retailers analyze the performance of in-store displays, has rung up $9 million in new funding. Founded in 2012, Austin-based Shelfbucks has developed mobile technology that brands and retailers integrate into product displays...

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Melinda Gates to keynote SXSW 2018; Michael Dell, Richard Linklater added as featured speakers

South by Southwest on Monday announced that philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates, will be a keynote speaker in March. Gates nearly two and a half years ago established an outside organization called...

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Monday Tech Crawl: Uber self-driving vehicles to feature Nvidia chips, and GoPro quits the drone business

Chipmaker Nvidia has announced a partnership with Uber and Volkswagen  The partnership means that Nvidia chips will be used in future self-driving cars by Volkswagen and Uber. While Nvidia is mostly known for its computer graphics chips, the company...

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Talking with Texas Standard about the tech we should have left behind in 2017

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, it’s time to take one last look back at 2017 and talk about some of the technologies we wish would have gone away before the new year. You can check out the segment on the Texas Standard website or...

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Scrambling for storage space on your phone? Try deleting some text-message threads

If you’re constantly running out of data storage space on your smart phone and you’ve resisted the siren call of buying a new phone with more memory, you might find some help in an unexpected place. While music streaming apps and photo and music libraries...

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AT&T to roll out full 5G service this year; will Austin be among first cities to get it? 

Telecommunications giant AT&T said Thursday that it plans to launch a full mobile 5G service by the end of the year in a dozen U.S. cities.  AT&T officials declined to say if Austin would be one of those 12 markets. Since last year AT&...

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