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‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ and revamped ‘L.A. Noire’ lead this week’s game releases

New video games out this week: “Star Wars Battlefront II.” The “Battlefield”-like “Star Wars” game returns bigger and broader across three eras (prequel, classic and new trilogy) and what could be a beefier single-player storyline than its 2015 predecessor...

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The dilemma for Twitter, Snap and Facebook: Go for growth, or give users what they want?

 According to The Emily Post Institute, when somebody gives you a gift you don’t want, the etiquette is pretty clear: “Issue a warm thank-you; after all, someone did buy you a gift, even if they missed the mark.” If the gift is a complete misfire...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Musical.ly may be next $1 billion unicorn, EA snaps up Respawn and Uber loses in England

Happy Friday, tech watchers! Here are some of the stories you should know about today: Why might Musical.ly be worth $1 billion and, oh yeah, what’s Musical.ly? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the makers of Musical.ly, a popular app among...

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ILYSM Ep. 18: An AustiNight out, Maribel Rivero's restaurant Yuyo and MoviePass

With the dizzying number of choices of what to do in downtown Austin for a special night out, what's a visitor or newcomer to town to do? The founders of a new concierge service called AustiNight, Rob Stuart and "The Feedbak" podcast nightlife expert...

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Talking with Texas Standard about changes at Twitter and other social networks

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about Twitter, Facebook and Snap balancing their business goals with the needs and wants of its users (sometimes not very well). It’s the basis of a column I’m writing that’ll be on 512tech...

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, A-Rod, Christiane Amanpour and Walter Isaacson added to SXSW 2018 lineup 

South by Southwest has announced another keynote speaker for its March 2018 event as well as several featured speakers across tech, sports, entertainment and politics. London Mayor Sadiq Khan will be another keynote speaker for SXSW 2018 and is scheduled...

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Reader seeks a way to export iPhone texts

A reader, Jetty, writes: “I am on a HOA board in my subdivision and have a lot of texts from other board members. I would like to find some way to print them or transfer them somewhere to print them. I have talked to AT&T and they suggested screen...

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Why run its San Antonio and other company offices from Austin? TaskUs leader explains

Nine and a half years ago, two buddies who have been business partners since they were 17 years old started a company called TaskUs LLC.  They built it on the idea that, in line with a movement created by “4-Hour Workweek” author Tim Ferriss, everyone...

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Long-running franchises at it again with ‘Sonic Forces’ and ‘Need for Speed Payback’ 

New video games out this week: “Sonic Forces.” Sonic has has a bit of a comeback of late with Sega’s 20th anniversary 2-D remake, “Sonic Generations.” This game, however, mixes Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic modes, new gadgets and lots of costumes...

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Holey rollers: Austin’s competitive Skee-ball players are building the future of the sport

It’s chilly for Austin on the Sunday night before Halloween and it’s getting a little late. The final four rollers have been chosen for the National Brewskee-Ball Championships, an event known to players as “The BEEB.”  The back area of Full Circle...

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