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Guardians rejoice: Bungie’s ‘Destiny 2’ arrives this week 

New video games out this week “Destiny 2.” Bungie’s big space combat game evolves further into a massively multiplayer online game with easier ways to hook up with other players for raids and strikes. In this one, players try to take down Ghaul, the...

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Talking about rescue apps, online donations and the tech of Hurricane Harvey relief with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed ways in which technology − from apps to new websites to social media − have helped supplement rescue efforts and collect donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can find the segment...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Tech companies rally behind DACA, Apple sets iPhone event date and Uber loses market share

Hope you’re ready for the three-day weekend, Austin. Here are some of the tech-news stories we’re reading this morning: Microsoft, Facebook and others plan to fight on DACA On news that president Donald Trump is expected to halt the  DACA (Deferred...

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Deliv expands to 33 markets, joins Austin’s crowded on-demand delivery scene

In what may have earned a strongly breathed “Huh,” from leaders at Whole Foods/Amazon on Thursday, Menlo Park, California-based startup Deliv has expanded its business to 33 markets, adding Austin as well as Phoenix, Orlando, San Antonio and other...

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Meet TenantCloud, which connects landlords and tenants with a free Cloud-based service

Joe Edgar started his property-management software company because he needed the service. As the owner of rental properties, he was frustrated that he couldn’t find the software tools he wanted to help manage the process. So in 2014, he founded Austin-based TenantCloud...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Amazon starts selling Whole Foods products online

Amazon starts selling Whole Foods products online This week Amazon started selling hundreds of Whole Foods products products on its website, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Buying Whole Foods was a way for Amazon to bolster its online grocery...

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An ode to a little-appreciated hero: the phone re-charger

If the past week of disastrous coastal weather has proven anything, it’s that our smart phones and other mobile communication devices are not just useful: they can be life-savers. But the Achilles’ Heel of most phones is their limited battery life...

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Author, journalist and ‘Black Panther’ scribe Ta-Nehisi Coates announced as SXSW keynote 

South by Southwest has announced its fourth keynote: it’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, the award-winning author of “Between the World and Me” who is also a national correspondent for The Atlantic and writer of the “Black Panther” line of Marvel Comics (soon...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are working together. Plus more tech news.

Good morning, Austin. We have scanned the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s happening: Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are going to work together In an unusual partnership, Amazon and Microsoft are working...

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Why Austin-based Mattr is using blockchain tech for marketing agreements 

Lots of people are aware of Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency used online, but not everyone is aware that the underlying  “blockchain” tech behind it can be used for functions other than money transactions. Mattr, an Austin company that as part of its business...

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