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'Austin Remembers: MLK’ app uses augmented-reality tech ahead of 2017 celebration 

In advance of Monday’s celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an Austin company has released an iOS and Android app, “Austin Remembers: MLK.” The app uses augmented reality technology (made popular last year by “Pokemon Go”) to give users a...

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Marie Kondo, ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners, Ray Kurzweil and Van Jones among SXSW lineup additions

South by Southwest on Wednesday morning released another round of featured speakers for the March 10-19 conference, including decluttering author Marie Kondo (”The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”); David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners...

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AMD shows off its new line of 'Ryzen' computer processors

Inside a dark East Austin warehouse on Tuesday afternoon, several dozen gamers gathered around a small stage, eager for a first glimpse of Advanced Micro Devices' new computer processor.  Called "Ryzen," the processor line is four years in the making...

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Pitch Black event highlights African-American entrepreneurs in startup competition

Nine emerging Austin-area companies made the case for funding in a lively, well-attended "Shark Tank"-style competition Monday night at Galvanize Austin, an education and coworking space that opened downtown in March. "Pitch Black ATX" drew more than...

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At Texas Conference for Women, an emphasis on working in tech

When consulting and tech services firm Accenture decided to make a concerted effort to recruit and retain more women, one key decision made all the difference: The company extended its maternity leave to four months.  "It's such a strange thing; it's...

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Apple enters its Touch Bar era with new MacBook Pros

For the first time in four years, Apple made a major update to its MacBook Pro laptops, adding a customizable strip above the keyboard called a "Touch Bar" and adding other hardware refinements and speed improvements. The Touch Bar is a color OLED...

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Rooster Teeth's RTX ticket drop turning into a January concert event with Mutemath

Rooster Teeth's RTX, a gaming culture event that drew 60,000 to Austin in July, is turning the ticket release for 2017's event into a concert with New Orleans psychedelic rock band Mutemath. The band will play Emo's on Saturday, Jan. 7., the day after...

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Golden shipping container at St. Edward's University is a videoconferencing portal to the world

My two new college-aged friends -- at least I think we're friends, we just met -- love to hang out with their friends, shop and hit the beach when it's not too crowded. One of them loves horror movies, the other is really into action films. They've...

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Mark Cuban, Vint Cerf, Rabia Choudry, Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe, 'Rogue One' director added for SXSW 2017 

South by Southwest continued its march toward March with another set of programming announcements Monday morning, including four keynote speakers, featured sessions and several new panels. In an info drop that included programming that spans the increasingly...

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