Declaring independence from our social media obligations

A few weeks ago, my daughter Lilly played guitar in her school’s talent show. She’s only 9. I never performed in any talent show and it wasn’t until long after high school that I ever got the gumption to perform on any stage by myself. I Tweeted, “My...

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‘Dirt 4,’ Austin-made ‘Battlesloths 2025’ and ‘Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind’ top the week’s new games

New video games out this week:  “Dirt 4.” The off-road racing sim is back with 50 cars, locations that include Australia, Spain, Michigan, Sweden and Wales, and lots of career and online competitive modes. It’s also promising more faithfully rendered...

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In their own words: All of Austin’s ride-hail companies make their pitch for your business

And here we finally are. Last year, the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft left Austin after a contentious Prop 1 election. In the year that followed, about a half dozen companies emerged to fill that void, including RideAustin, Fasten, Wingz, Fare (no...

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Tech Crawl: Tech leaders unhappy about Paris pullout; Nintendo’s Switch subscription plans and Blue Apron’s IPO

TGIF, folks! You made it through another week. Here’s some of the tech stories we’ve been catching up on today: Tech leaders weigh in on Trump’s climate decision Elon Musk’s Thursday Tweet about leaving president Donald Trump’s advisory councils...

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Talking about the benefits of chat apps with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we looked at some of the benefits of using chat apps, particularly on mobile devices, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and more security-focused apps such as Signal and Telegram. You can listen...

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What is ‘End-to-end encryption?’ Only you and someone else may know

If you’re a frequent user of chat/messaging apps, whether you’re using them on a work computer, a mobile phone, or via a web browser and you care about security, you may want to figure out if you’re using “End-to-end encryption.” What that means...

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10 Tweets About... the president’s ‘Covfefe’

Who among us hasn’t misspelled a word and posted it in an email or public message while typing quickly on a digital device? When you’re the president, though, it can create ripples that reverberate across the Twittersphere. In a late-night Tweet,...

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Crowdfunded ‘Perception’ and ‘Tekken 7’ on next-gen are new in games 

New video games out this week: “Perception.” A crowdfunded horror game made by some former Irrational Games developers about a blind woman who perceives the world through echolocation and who must deal with a monster in a haunted house. Rated M for...

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Austin’s Asure Software sets secondary stock offering on heels of two acquisitions 

On a Friday morning conference call with analysts and media members, Asure Software Inc. chief executive officer Pat Goepel didn’t try to hide his enthusiasm. “Boy, I’m thrilled to be back talking about some of the exciting things happening at Asure...

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With ProSwingTips app, Austin golf enthusiast wants to connect instructors with amateurs

Derek Levine was only six years old when he was introduced to the family avocation: He got his first set of golf equipment. “My dad bought me a Ben Hogan junior set (of clubs) and an old Ben Hogan golf bag. I used to carry it everywhere,” Levine says...

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