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Why are Facebook friends checking in at Standing Rock, North Dakota?

If on Monday you noticed that a lot of your Facebook friends were suddenly visiting North Dakota, it's likely they not only aren't actually at that location, but that they're trying to contribute to a cause. Ongoing protests in the state over the...

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Video: What’s fantastic about Fantastic Fest?

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ChatterPix: For putting a mouth on something and making it talk

As parents, many of us want nothing more than to empower our kids to grow confidence and learn to assert control over the world around them. Sometimes that means letting your kid turn you and every object in your home into a silly puppet.That’s part...

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The case for diversity in Austin's tech industry

At a Wednesday luncheon keynote that I moderated for the nonprofit Girlstart, Pinterest's head of diversity, Candice Morgan, talked about why an inclusive workforce is so important for the San Francisco-based company. She told the room of about 650...

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Talking about why diversity matters in tech with Texas Standard

This week on the "Texas Standard" radio show, we discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion in the world of technology as part of a series of stories we're launching today on 512tech. In the segment, we take a look at why tech companies are...

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Apple enters its Touch Bar era with new MacBook Pros

For the first time in four years, Apple made a major update to its MacBook Pro laptops, adding a customizable strip above the keyboard called a "Touch Bar" and adding other hardware refinements and speed improvements. The Touch Bar is a color OLED...

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Tech Crawl: Google Fiber layoffs, Apple's earnings and Touch Strip leak and DirecTV Now

Happy Wednesday, Austin! Here's some of the tech news being followed this morning: Big changes at Google Fiber Alphabet's Internet and TV service is going through some changes as it shifts focus from very expensive fiber rollouts to wireless technologies...

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'Titanfall 2,' 'Just Dance 17' lead another crowded week of game releases

New video games out this week: “Titanfall 2.” (Out Friday) The sequel to this giant mecha battle game includes a single-player campaign that the first game didn’t, adds more Titans with specific personalities and increases the customization options...

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Rooster Teeth's RTX ticket drop turning into a January concert event with Mutemath

Rooster Teeth's RTX, a gaming culture event that drew 60,000 to Austin in July, is turning the ticket release for 2017's event into a concert with New Orleans psychedelic rock band Mutemath. The band will play Emo's on Saturday, Jan. 7., the day after...

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Talking with Texas Standard about the present and future of video chatting

This week on the the "Texas Standard" radio program, we discuss how videoconferencing, or "video chatting" has changed since its glitchy beginnings and what the future holds on platforms including Skype and Facebook Messenger. The segment was prompted...

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