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In close taco proximity, Snapchat Spectacles arrive for Austin

Texans who've been waiting for the bright yellow box selling Spectacles glasses from Snap Inc. finally got some good news on Wednesday: it's at Torchy's Tacos at the South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery on South First. The devices, which come in...

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Google spins off self-driving cars as Waymo, says first fully self-driving ride was in Austin

The Google X self-driving car project, which has made headlines in Austin as one of its major testing sites, is being spun into its own company called Waymo. The announcement came on Tuesday in an event out of Mountain View, California. The new company...

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'Drive!Drive!Drive!' and 'Stardew Valley' lead a trickle of new game releases this week

New video games out this week: “Drive!Drive!Drive!” A bonkers arcade racing game that the developers, Choice Provisions, describe as a “driving game about racing multiple tracks at the same time.” The game features intentionally awful driver opponents...

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South by Southwest to take on Trump tech topics with two days of talks

South by Southwest will address the major changes expected in the tech industry with a Donald Trump presidential administration with two days of programming labeled "Tech Under Trump." The conference announced Tuesday morning that the programming...

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On Texas Standard: should you give these tech items a second chance?

This week on the Texas Standard radio show, we took a look back at some gadgets and games that might deserve a second look with the passage of time. Whether it's a video game that has been updated and refined after an initial set of mediocre reviews...

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Tech Crawl: Magic Leap's hype vs. reality, Breaking News shutting down, Spotify + SoundCloud a no-go

Happy Friday, Austin! Hope you have festive plans for the weekend. Here's some of the tech news we're reading about: Hype vs. reality at Magic Leap As many in the tech industry suspected, the mystery behind Florida-based mixed-reality company Magic...

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Mobile phone battery problems: welcome to the nightmare

A reader, Stacey, writes: "Please help! I upgraded to the most recent iPhone update and the following day, my battery started draining like crazy. A fully charged phone went to like 30 percent in two hours within my Wi-Fi home network. I've Googled...

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Long-awaited 'The Last Guardian' finally finds its way to gamers

New video games out this week: “The Last Guardian.” This long-in-development adventure game from the makers of “Ico” and “Shadow of the Colossus” had been delayed and delayed again for years. Gamers will finally get their hands on what promises to...

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Reshaping the pipeline in tech hiring

Lest you think that diversity hiring in the tech industry — the idea that there should be a so-called “pipeline” of capable, diverse candidates to fill jobs — is a new concept, Colette Pierce Burnette is here to tell you differently. “I graduated...

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Talking with Texas Standard about whether you should upgrade your wireless router

This week on the Texas Standard radio show, we dived into whether you should consider upgrading your home Wi-Fi router, whether it's to invest in a mesh network such as Google Wifi or replace an aging device that's not keeping up with current standards...

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