Conversable builds Facebook chatbot for Whole Foods

The newly launched Austin and Dallas-based startup that just gave Wingstop more messaging capabilities has new clients on its roster including Whole Foods and Pizza Hut. Conversable, Inc., on Tuesday is unveiling at the Venturebeat Mobile Beat Conference...

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'Song of the Deep' surfaces at GameStop this week

New video games out this week:   “Song of the Deep” Perhaps most notable as the first game published by GameStop (it's the only place you buy it at retail), this undersea adventure centers around a young girl’s search for her father, whom she believes...

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Why is it so hard to find smaller 4K television sets?

A very nice 91-year-old reader called in to ask if she should buy a 4K television set for her bedroom. The problem, she said, is that she suffers from macular degeneration and wants a TV with the sharpest, brightest picture possible. But nothing too...

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A rocky evolution of video and social media with week's police shootings

In a lot of ways, social media was embarrassing, toxic and often simply wrong  in its handling of three high-profile news incidents this week, which culminated with the sniper attack on police officers in Dallas Thursday night. Facts were off, politicians...

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A rocky evolution of video and social media with week's police shootings 

In a lot of ways, social media was embarrassing, toxic and often simply wrong  in its handling of three high-profile news incidents this week, which culminated in a sniper attack on police officers in Dallas Thursday night. Facts were off, politicians...

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Is Wal-Mart keeping up with new mobile pay and online shipping options?

What's likely retail giant Wal-Mart's least-favorite made-up holiday, Amazon Prime Day, happens on Tuesday. Is the company worried about ceding ground to the online shopping giant? It sure feels like it with two of Wal-Mart's recent moves; they involve...

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Austin's Virtuix partnering with Chinese game maker on VR for arcades 

Virtuix, the Austin company that's been working on a hardware system called Omni that allows virtual-reality players to walk and move around on a treadmill-like system, is going global. The company has signed a deal with China's Hero Entertainment...

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10 Tweets About... waiting for 'Pokémon Go'

This was supposed to be a glorious day for "Pokémon" fans, the day that they could download and play an mobile version of the long-running game on their iOS and Android devices with the new title "Pokémon Go." But the best-laid plans of cute little...

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Morning Tech Crawl: hoverboards, Clinton email saga and Verizon pricing changes

Happy Wednesday, Austin! Here are some of the top stories being discussed on tech blogs this morning: Hoverboard crash Just when you thought it might be safe to hop back on to so-called "Hoverboard" products, 500,000 of them have been recalled, more...

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