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Recovering loved one’s data after death likely won’t be easy

A reader, Rick, asks, “A friend’s brother died suddenly. The family needs access to his iPhone and MacBook but have no idea what his passwords are. Is there a procedure to request Apple to unlock the devices? Is there a third party that can do this?”...

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Sorry, Texas: Here’s why you can’t use Google’s art selfie feature

Google’s new Arts & Culture App has been insanely popular over the last week -- and no, it’s not because people are wanting to brush up on their art history skills (though it’s good for that, too). It’s because there’s a hilarious feature where...

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Free tonight? This new app will find you same-day dates at your favorite Austin restaurants

If you’ve watched season four of Netflix’s “Black Mirror,” then this may be a familiar story: a dating app, but over time, it gets to know you better and better. As it sees the type of people you swipe right on, it catalogs your taste. It looks at...

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Uber made policy changes for drivers. Did they actually help? 

For the past half-year, San Francisco-based ride-hailing company Uber has been trying to mend what at times has been a strained relationship with its drivers. After years of complaints from drivers that the company was not adequately supporting them...

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Austin’s Asure Software starts new year with three acquisitions

Asure Software is starting the year with three more acquisitions. The Austin-based company said Tuesday it has purchased TelePayroll Inc. and Pay Systems of America Inc., which both provide human resources,  payroll and employees benefit services...

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Lawsuit challenges sale of Austin’s Bazaarvoice

Austin software maker Bazaarvoice is facing a lawsuit that contends the company’s planned $521 million sale undervalues the company and hurts its shareholders. The lawsuit, which was filed by a shareholder, says the sales process “was hamstrung by...

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The state of Austin’s gaming sector: Stable, diverse in size, due for some shakeups

Hemanshu Chhabra, the creative director at the small Austin indie studio Triple-I Games, used to work on huge video games such as “Star Wars: The Old Republic” for companies such as Electronic Arts-owned BioWare Austin and for Amazon Game Studios...

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Ride-hailing app GetMe suspends service in Austin  

Ride-hailing firm GetMe has temporarily shut down its phone application in Austin, the company confirmed on Thursday. GetMe said its app is being revamped for a re-launch, though the company did not say when that would happen.  “Our current app is...

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Austin’s Magnitude Software puts its $100 million war chest to work with another acquisition

Austin-based Magnitude Software is closing out the year with another acquisition. Magnitude said it is purchasing Innowera, an Irving-based business software startup. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Magnitude was founded in 2014 through...

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Spectrum launches high-speed, 1 gigabit internet service in Austin  

Broadband provider Charter Communications on Wednesday announced that it has launched high-speed 1 gigabit internet service in Austin through its suite of broadband services named Spectrum. Priced at $104.99 for new customers, the service will provide...

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