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It’s not your imagination: Facebook Messenger is suffering from ‘Feature creep’

Is it just me or is Facebook Messenger feeling a little cluttered lately? (Answer: it’s not just me.) The chat app, which Facebook says is used by 1.2 billion people every month, has gone from a simple piece of software for talking to Facebook friends...

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How ‘World of Warcraft’ made Native Commerce’s Keren Kang a better CEO

Walking into Native Commerce CEO Keren Kang’s office, at a South Austin space the company has occupied since September, is a study in contrasts. The chairs that face her desk are adorned with comfy-looking white feather cushions and the office space...

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ gets the Telltale treatment; Austin-made ‘Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality’ arrives this week

New video games out this week: “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.” The popular Marvel franchise heads down the dialogue-tree/episodic path of other Telltale game series such as “The Walking Dead” and “Batman” with a new adventure...

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Talking about the state of technology that addresses disabilities with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show we’re taking a look at technologies geared toward those with disabilities. In part, we discuss a 512tech story from earlier this week about Bookshare, a program that provides free accessible ebooks to U...

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Tech Crawl: Instagram Stories a huge success, Apple eyes Toshiba investment and the horror of furless Tickle Me Elmo

Happy Friday, folks! Here are some of the tech stories we’re checking out before the weekend: Instagram Stories already eclipsing Snapchat The 24-hour photos/videos feature that is spreading like a virus through social media appears to be doing wonders...

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000,’ returning Friday, was a web series before the web was a thing

Before there was YouTube, or a “Share” button on every web page, or such a concept as watching a television series anytime you wanted from pretty much any device with a screen you owned, there was this: “KEEP CIRCULATING THE TAPES”. After episodes...

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A hands-on first look at Arkane Studios’ upcoming space thriller, ‘Prey’

May 5th may be a day marked on your calendar to celebrate Mexican-American culture (or at the very least queso and margaritas at a Mexican restaurant of your choosing), but for Austin’s Arkane Studios, it’s the day their ambitious new game “Prey”...

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Tech Crawl: Burger King in hot Whopper over tech-disrupting ad, Uber’s Lyft-sabotaging ‘Hell’ and an iPhone made of spare parts

Happy Thursday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today: Burger King hijacks Google Home Burger King found a way on Wednesday to get attention for itself that doesn’t involve improving its food: a 15-second commercial that prompts...

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How bad are you at drawing? Google’s AutoDraw may help you face some hard truths

If you, like me, are terrible at drawing, Google may have technological solution. Its new “AutoDraw” website offers a free tool for doodling, whether you’re on a mobile device or computer with an interesting twist. AutoDraw gives you the tools to...

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'Banjo-Kazooie’-inspired game ‘Yooka-Laylee’ has arrived

New video games out this week “Yooka-Laylee.” Billed as a spiritual successor to the wildly popular “Banjo-Kazooie” and built by former employees of the company that made it, this game is about a chameleon and a bat getting into imaginative scrapes...

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