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Tech Crawl: YouTube joins streaming TV fray, even MORE Uber trouble and the great Amazon S3 outage

Happy Wednesday, Austin! Here are some of the top tech stories we’re talking about today. YouTube’s TV deal Following in the footsteps of Sling TV, DirecTV Now and Sony’s PlayStation Vue, YouTube will offer a $35-a-month “Skinny bundle” of channels...

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Ride-hail company InstaRyde will miss SXSW, is offline in Austin (Updated)

(Updated, see below) One of the Austin ride-hailing companies that swooped in to fill the void left by Uber and Lyft last year is no longer operating in Austin, at least for the time being. InstaRyde, which is based in Canada and began servicing Austin...

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‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ arrives with Friday’s Nintendo Switch launch

New video games out this week: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” Any new full-scale “Zelda” game is typically cause for celebration, but this one rides in as a launch title for Nintendo’s Switch portable/home hybrid game console. Both launch...

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Tech Crawl: Uber’s month of woes continues, YouTube viewership booms and Twitch will sell games

Happy Tuesday, Austin! Here’s some of the tech stories we’re following today: Uber’s troubles continue Uber’s no-good, very-bad, terrible month continues: its senior vice president of engineering, Amit Singhal, is out after the tech site Recode revealed...

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Find 512tech at Social Media Week Austin

Social Media Week, a conference taking place in cities around the world, has begun in Austin and runs through Wednesday. 512tech staffers and some Austin American-Statesman staffers are moderating or participating in panels. Here’s where you can find...

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Talking about tech geared toward seniors on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about some of technologies emerging geared toward seniors, from a social network for the over-50 set to assistive ambient technologies such as the ones spotlighted in our story about IBM Research...

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IBM Austin lab looking for solutions to a growing aging epidemic

MERA is four feet tall and has big, searching eyes and large ears. MERA’s not a medical professional but can measure your heartbeat just by looking at you.  “Hi!” MERA chirps happily when you offer a greeting. “I am a health agent and I can also be...

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What are UI and UX and how are they different?

You probably know if the feeling of being on a badly designed, hard-to-use website, one that brings anger and frustration. But did you know that when that happens, you’ve probably just experienced a bad user interface and had a bad user experience?...

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As it starts creating its own games, Austin’s Certain Affinity is expanding to new HQ

One of Austin’s longest-running major video game companies is finally raising its profile after 10 years of staying out of the spotlight.  Certain Affinity, which has done work on blockbuster games including “Halo 4,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and...

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Tech Crawl: UPS slings drones from truck, ‘MST3K’ release date set and Milo out at Breitbart

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here’s a few tech stories that caught our eye today: UPS drone delivery coming along Back in September, we heard about UPS testing drones for delivery. Not to be outdone by Amazon, the shipping company this week revealed that...

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