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‘For Honor,’ ‘Sniper Elite 4’ bring the action this week in new games

New video games out this week: “For Honor.” Ubisoft swings for the fences (and people’s heads) with this visceral war game focused on melee combat among three warrior factions: knights, vikings and samurai. The game features a story campaign as well...

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SXSW gets more transparent about its politics in 2017

On Jan. 29, a Sunday night, South by Southwest issued a statement about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, specifically a controversial executive order limiting travel put into effect two days earlier. “SXSW is alarmed by the Trump administration’s...

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Bots 101: What you need to know about chatbots, AI and digital assistants

If you follow technology trends, you could be forgiven for having “bots” on the brain. It’s a word that over the past year or so has become ubiquitous, not unlike “The Cloud” or “The Internet of Things” in past years. Bots, it sounds like, will help...

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Talking about cooking and food-delivery tech with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we tackled the subject of how technology is changing our eating habits, from food delivery to meal kits ordered online to newly popular kitchen gadgets. We discussed a recent story I wrote about Austin-based...

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What is a ‘Full stack developer?’

One of the buzzwords over the last few years in the world of tech hiring has been “Full stack developer,” a kind of catch-all phrase that can mean “we want a person who can do it all.” But what does “Full stack” actually mean, outside of a tall order...

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SXSW names Jessica Shortall of Texas Competes as keynote, adds Buzz Aldrin, Chris Sacca, Bob Odenkirk, many more to speaker list

South by Southwest made another significant programming announcement on Tuesday, including a new keynote speaker for the March festival and conference. Jessica Shortall, managing director of Texas Competes, will speak on as part of SXSW’s Social...

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CEO of Austin’s Iris Telehealth’s says he’s balancing careful clinical care with startup growth

Here is something you don’t often hear from the CEO of a startup: “I don’t know what I’m doing.”  It’s refreshingly honest, but it only tells part of the story of Tarik Shaheen’s company Iris Telehealth, which relocated to Austin late last year. ...

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Action-packed ‘Nioh,’ from Team Ninja, is new in games this week

New video games out this week” “Nioh.” The latest from Team Ninja is a long-in-development PlayStation 4 exclusive that takes place in 16th-century Japan. There’s demons beasts, samurai weapons, a deep combat system and a story of a country torn...

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Tech Crawl: Vizio pays settlement on TV data collection, more companies join fight against Trump immigration ban 

Happy Tuesday, campers! Here’s some of the tech news we’re following this morning: When your TV watches you The electronics company Vizio, known for its budget-priced HDTVs, was dinged by the Federal Trade Commission for data it says the company was...

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Austin startup SubVRsive lands $4 million in funding, hires new CEO

Austin as an emerging VR technology town continues to be a thing; London-based WPP is investing $4 million in a Series A round of funding for SubVRsive, Inc.  The Austin startup creates virtual-reality experiences (including 360-degree videos) for...

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