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Retro shooter ‘Strafe’ brings back 1996 while ‘Minecraft’ comes to Nintendo Switch

New video games out this week: “Strafe.” Studio Pixel Titans and publisher Devolver Digital are unleashing a blast from the past: a new 3-D shooter modeled after the cutting edge technology of 1996. Bloody (by 1996 standards) and over the top, “Strafe”...

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Tech Crawl: Amazon may give Alexa a screen and face calls, Uber probe extends to Austin and ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is coming

Happy Tuesday, Austin! Here’s some tech new we’re following today: Alexa, but with faces calling you Just two weeks after Amazon debuted a device for closet fashion selfies powered by its Echo/Alexa voice technology called Look, reports are circulating...

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Talking about Mark Cuban and Twitter’s possible turnaround with Texas Standard

This week on “Texas Standard” radio, we talked about changes at Twitter and whether they might mean the company’s string of bad luck is finally turning around. That includes an investment from billionaire Mark Cuban, who suggests the company has figured...

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Austin’s Arkane Studios grows to a full studio, spreads its wings with ‘Prey’

In the new video game “Prey,” an alternate-reality sci-fi thriller set on a space station, the character you portray unravels the mystery of their own identity. The first choice in the game for players, to make the point even more explicit, is whether...

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Austin-made ‘Prey’ arrives this week, along with indie ‘TumbleSeed’

New video games out this week: “Prey.” The new immersive sim from the Austin studio that made “Dishonored” features an abandoned spacecraft, super creepy “Mimic” monsters and lots of super-detailed environments to explore. It’s out on Friday and,...

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Ryzen chip line makes first mark on AMD earnings

Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices on Monday reported first-quarter earnings that were largely in line with analyst expectations, but the company's shares dropped amid signs it will need at least another quarter to reach profitability The semiconductor...

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Yahoo Finance says it has photos of Fitbit’s upcoming smart watch

It’s a scoop, but will anyone care by fall? On Monday, Yahoo Finance posted what it claims are exclusive photos of Fitbit’s upcoming smart watch and a pair of Bluetooth headphones. The watch, which is similar in design to the company’s Blaze, was...

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Tech Crawl: Netflix attacked by leaker, Nintendo Switch VR, Elon Musk wants to be boring and ‘The Circle’ bombs

Happy May Day Monday to you, Austin! Here’s some of the tech news you should read about today: Netflix and others have TV leaks A hacker has released 10 episodes of the next season of “Orange is the New Black” over the weekend, compromising Netflix...

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