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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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Talking about Facebook’s video violence problem with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed a topic that came up in a Tech Crawl item this week: the increasing amount of horrific crime that’s being broadcast, often live, on Facebook and how the social network is trying to deal with...

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One Austin house. Five esports stars. Training for glory.

If this were a “Rocky” movie, this would be the montage where Rocky Balboa is eating raw eggs, slamming the side of beef with his fists and running up the 72 steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Instead, in this montage, there might be some slight...

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Tech Crawl: AT&T slammed over Austin ‘5G Evolution’  launch, Twitter’s turnaround and more awful crimes shown on Facebook

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories worth checking out this morning: Fake news or fake 5G? Tuesday should have been a great day for AT&T in Austin: the telecom company announced “5G Evolution” enhanced speeds in some parts...

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Faces transform via neural network with popular ‘FaceApp’

For better or for worse, a lot of us have gotten used to selfie face filters in apps such as Snapchat and Facebook Messenger that can add silly extremes to our photos and videos, such as sticking a unicorn horn on our head or turning us into superheroes...

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Nintendo Switch game drought ends with ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ this week

New video games out this week: “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.” Out Friday. The hit Nintendo Switch console gets its first big game that’s not called “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” That it’s basically an enhanced version of an existing Nintendo...

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Talking about ‘Feature creep’ and bloated apps with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about a recent 512tech Digital Savant Micro about Facebook Messenger, and how it’s getting pumped up full of (perhaps unnecessary) new features that have nothing to do with chat. It’s a discussion...

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