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Talking about tech geared toward seniors on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about some of technologies emerging geared toward seniors, from a social network for the over-50 set to assistive ambient technologies such as the ones spotlighted in our story about IBM Research...

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IBM Austin lab looking for solutions to a growing aging epidemic

MERA is four feet tall and has big, searching eyes and large ears. MERA’s not a medical professional but can measure your heartbeat just by looking at you.  “Hi!” MERA chirps happily when you offer a greeting. “I am a health agent and I can also be...

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What are UI and UX and how are they different?

You probably know if the feeling of being on a badly designed, hard-to-use website, one that brings anger and frustration. But did you know that when that happens, you’ve probably just experienced a bad user interface and had a bad user experience?...

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As it starts creating its own games, Austin’s Certain Affinity is expanding to new HQ

One of Austin’s longest-running major video game companies is finally raising its profile after 10 years of staying out of the spotlight.  Certain Affinity, which has done work on blockbuster games including “Halo 4,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and...

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Tech Crawl: UPS slings drones from truck, ‘MST3K’ release date set and Milo out at Breitbart

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here’s a few tech stories that caught our eye today: UPS drone delivery coming along Back in September, we heard about UPS testing drones for delivery. Not to be outdone by Amazon, the shipping company this week revealed that...

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'Halo Wars 2’ arrives, ‘Psychonauts’ returns in ‘The Rhombus of Ruin’ VR adventure

New video games out this week: “Halo Wars 2.” Microsoft’s “Halo” saga continues in this real-time strategy game with a story that serves as scene setting for “Halo 6.” Buying the game gives players access to both the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions...

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Talking tech, politics and South by Southwest with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed tech and politics, specifically all the change and disruption happening due to a Donald J. Trump presidency. We also touched on a story published earlier this week on 512tech about the...

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How do you hack a military boat? Maritime hackathon this weekend offers the challenge

This weekend, Capital Factory will play host to a cybersecurity event by way of the sea. A hackathon event put together by Booz Allen Hamilton, the U.S. Navy’s Naval Post Graduate School and the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental will work to improve...

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Can VR overcome its challenges to go mainstream? I have some doubts

A few weeks ago, I got an email offering me a download code to review a virtual reality game called “Gunship Battle2 VR” for a the Samsung Gear VR. Last year, I had purchased a Gear VR, a headset that costs about $50-$99 and works with Samsung phones...

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Tech Crawl: Apple TV evolving too slowly, Facebook shifts to social good and Samsung exec arrested

Happy Friday, Austin! Let’s gear up for the weekend with some TGIF tech stories, shall we? Apple TV to get 4K, but why so late? Bloomberg reports frustration at Apple in its Apple TV team, which, as one source says, was supposed to be a revolution...

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