Software & Apps

Exclusive: HomeAway launches a major expansion that will add 2,000 workers in Austin

Austin-based HomeAway said it is planning a major expansion at The Domain in North Austin, where the nation’s largest vacation rental company will establish its global headquarters in a 16-story office tower that will house more than 2,000 additional...

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Tech firm shows off new video-relay device to Austin’s deaf community

On Tuesday night, in the lobby of Austin’s Topfer Theatre on South Lamar, about 350 members of Austin’s deaf community gathered to learn about a new device being offered from Sorenson Communications, a video-relay device called the ntouch VP2. The...

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Talking about taking control of your finances and investments − with apps

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about what apps you may want to check out if you want to get a better handle on your personal finances or start getting into investing. We discussed “Mint,” of course, but also a few others you...

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Want to check water levels before heading to the greenbelt for a swim? This app lets you do just that

You’ve got your swimsuit on and your towel in tow... but the Barton Creek greenbelt has left you high and dry.  Now you can avoid all of the disappointment that comes with arriving at a dry greenbelt by checking water levels beforehand.  READ: 5 refreshing...

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Austin's uStudio making waves in enterprise video sector

When Jen Grogono, CEO of Austin-based uStudio, launched the cloud-based video platform in 2010, she and co-founder/chief technology officer Josh Marshall expected their product to serve media companies. Instead, Grogono said, experimentation and the...

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Austin digital media firm OwnLocal continues its acquisition roll with another deal

 Austin-based digital advertising OwnLocal is continuing its acquisition roll with another deal. The company said it has purchased Wanderful Media for an undisclosed price. Twelve major media companies -- including Cox Media Group, Gannett Co., Hearst...

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Talking to Texas Standard about Uber and Lyft’s return and what it means for Austin

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the recent return of Uber and Lyft to Austin and what lessons Uber in particular may want to keep in mind as it comes back to a different ride-hailing landscape. You can listen to the...

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You don’t have to wait on Apple to experiment with augmented reality

This week, Apple finally introduced ARKit, a set of tools for creating augmented reality in apps. It’s something Facebook and Google have already pushed into, and since ARKit won’t debut until the Apple iOS 11 is out later this year, it would be understandable...

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What Austinites are saying about ride-hailing service Fare’s farewell

Tuesday’s news that Fare, one of Austin’s many ride-hailing services, would be leaving the city might not have come as much of a surprise.  The app was one of several services that popped up in Austin after major providers Lyft and Uber left the city...

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Ride-hailing app Fare leaves Austin, blames ‘loss of business’ amid return of Uber, Lyft

The Phoenix based ride-hailing service Fare announced Tuesday morning it had pulled out of Austin, blaming the “loss of business” after the return of Uber and Lyft to the city.  “Sadly, the time has come for us to say goodbye,” the company said in...

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