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Tech Crawl: AT&T slammed over Austin ‘5G Evolution’  launch, Twitter’s turnaround and more awful crimes shown on Facebook

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories worth checking out this morning: Fake news or fake 5G? Tuesday should have been a great day for AT&T in Austin: the telecom company announced “5G Evolution” enhanced speeds in some parts...

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Faces transform via neural network with popular ‘FaceApp’

For better or for worse, a lot of us have gotten used to selfie face filters in apps such as Snapchat and Facebook Messenger that can add silly extremes to our photos and videos, such as sticking a unicorn horn on our head or turning us into superheroes...

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Nintendo Switch game drought ends with ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ this week

New video games out this week: “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.” Out Friday. The hit Nintendo Switch console gets its first big game that’s not called “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” That it’s basically an enhanced version of an existing Nintendo...

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Talking about ‘Feature creep’ and bloated apps with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about a recent 512tech Digital Savant Micro about Facebook Messenger, and how it’s getting pumped up full of (perhaps unnecessary) new features that have nothing to do with chat. It’s a discussion...

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360-degree photos on offer in new Austin-made ‘Hangar360’ drone app

Hangar, an Austin software company that last year raised $6.5 million to develop software and attract new customers, has just released an app for creating 360-degree photos that can be shot from consumer drones. “Hangar 360” for iOS  is a free app...

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Tech Crawl: A flying car (maybe!), an insecure messaging app used at the White House and auto tech for car shoppers

It’s Friday, Austin! Here are some tech stories to check out before the weekend arrives: Traffic in the sky, maybe? Yes, yes, we’ve heard the lament before: “Where’s my flying car? It’s 2017!” A company called AeroMobil just introduced the fourth...

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Austin’s Evelyn (Ngugi) From the Internets is now a YouTube Creator for Change

Evelyn Ngugi, an Austin YouTube star better known to some fans as “Evelyn From the Internets” on Thursday was named one of 27 Creators for Change.  The program promotes positive social change by choosing video makers who are “tackling social issues...

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It’s not your imagination: Facebook Messenger is suffering from ‘Feature creep’

Is it just me or is Facebook Messenger feeling a little cluttered lately? (Answer: it’s not just me.) The chat app, which Facebook says is used by 1.2 billion people every month, has gone from a simple piece of software for talking to Facebook friends...

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How ‘World of Warcraft’ made Native Commerce’s Keren Kang a better CEO

Walking into Native Commerce CEO Keren Kang’s office, at a South Austin space the company has occupied since September, is a study in contrasts. The chairs that face her desk are adorned with comfy-looking white feather cushions and the office space...

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