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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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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ gets the Telltale treatment; Austin-made ‘Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality’ arrives this week

New video games out this week: “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.” The popular Marvel franchise heads down the dialogue-tree/episodic path of other Telltale game series such as “The Walking Dead” and “Batman” with a new adventure...

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Talking about the state of technology that addresses disabilities with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show we’re taking a look at technologies geared toward those with disabilities. In part, we discuss a 512tech story from earlier this week about Bookshare, a program that provides free accessible ebooks to U...

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Tech Crawl: Instagram Stories a huge success, Apple eyes Toshiba investment and the horror of furless Tickle Me Elmo

Happy Friday, folks! Here are some of the tech stories we’re checking out before the weekend: Instagram Stories already eclipsing Snapchat The 24-hour photos/videos feature that is spreading like a virus through social media appears to be doing wonders...

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