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Quiz: How well do you know Austin tech offices?

The 512tech team has seen its share of Austin tech offices, and after a while, they all start to look alike.  Tech companies big and small have embraced the open-office layout, with exposed ductwork and playful colors and furnishings. It’s the stainless...

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Rooster Teeth offers up more animation, musical  performances with RTX 2017 event in Austin

In the summer of 2011, Gustavo Sorola, one of the co-founders of Austin’s Rooster Teeth Productions, approached the Austin Convention Center about hosting the video collective’s 2012 RTX event, a big video game and Internet culture conference. It...

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A retro-styled return of party video games

There used to be a kind of video game that invited (mostly innocent) trash talk, victorious fist pumps and very loud involuntary noises (grunts, yelps, the occasional guttural scream) from its players. They were played on shag-carpeted living-room...

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Declaring independence from our social media obligations

A few weeks ago, my daughter Lilly played guitar in her school’s talent show. She’s only 9. I never performed in any talent show and it wasn’t until long after high school that I ever got the gumption to perform on any stage by myself. I Tweeted, “My...

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Tech Crawl: Tech leaders unhappy about Paris pullout; Nintendo’s Switch subscription plans and Blue Apron’s IPO

TGIF, folks! You made it through another week. Here’s some of the tech stories we’ve been catching up on today: Tech leaders weigh in on Trump’s climate decision Elon Musk’s Thursday Tweet about leaving president Donald Trump’s advisory councils...

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Looking to change Austin through 'civic hacking'

Civic engagement isn’t a new concept.  To many, it might not seem like there is new ground to break, but there is something fresh brewing: civic hacking, fueled by the evolving role of technology in this space. So what is "civic hacking?" The concept...

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Talking about WannaCry ransomware’s aftermath with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed the fallout from the WannaCry ransomware, which infected hundreds of thousands of Windows systems, mostly overseas, and which involved the NSA, Microsoft and Wikileaks, among others. You...

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Gadgets galore at B8ta, a new boutique for techies at The Domain

Starting Saturday, Austin gadget hounds will have a new place to sniff out and try gear.  B8ta, a new retail chain based out of of San Francisco that sells technology products that largely fall into the “Internet of Things” category, is expanding...

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The New York Times features the CEO of Austin startup YouEarnedIt in its Corner Office column

Austin startup founder Autumn Manning is on a roll. In January, her company, YouEarnedIt, raised its first round of venture capital -- a $6.5 million infusion from Austin-based Silverton Partners and San Francisco-based IDG Ventures USA. The fast-growing...

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