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ChatterPix: for when you absolutely have to put a mouth on something and make it talk

As parents, many of us want nothing more than to empower our kids to grow confidence and learn to assert control over the world around them. Sometimes that means letting your kid turn you and every object in your home into a silly puppet. That's part...

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Chariot awaits for ACL Fest weekend two, joins Austin ride-hailing fray

You've tried taxis, pedicabs, buses and all the non-Uber alternatives to get around. For Austin City Limits Fest's second weekend, how do you feel about taking a shuttle? Chariot, a ride-hailing app service for commuters that provides shuttle rides...

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Having a major Windows meltdown? You're probably not alone

The moment I knew something was up was when I learned that both Windows 10 computers at my in-laws' home — a Samsung laptop and a Dell desktop machine — were having the same problem at the same time. As I tried to reboot the laptop using an earlier...

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Jackrabbit Mobile showing off facial-recognition for retail during ATX Startup Crawl

Do you smile when you shop? When you approach a cashier to pay for something or ask for help, does your face betray exasperation, anger or impatience? An Austin app-development company, Jackrabbit Mobile, has a new product it's testing out, Face...

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The One-Question Interview: A  tech CEO talks about what to look for in a good mentor

Greg Stock is the CEO of Austin-based Zenoss, a provider of enterprise software for network monitoring.  He spoke to 512tech.com recently about the influence mentors have had on his working life. As a CEO, he says, mentors have helped him with tough...

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Tech Crawl: no more BlackBerry-made hardware, YouTube Go targets India and Facebook readies business chats

Happy Wednesday! Here's some of the tech news you should know about today: End of the line for in-house hardware at BlackBerry The long, drawn-out decline of BlackBerry continues as the company announced this morning it will stop designing its own...

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Austin Game Conference attracts 800 in its return, puts focus on VR/mixed reality, eSports -- and making a living

It was with a sense of symmetry that the Austin Game Conference returned from a 10-year hiatus with about 800 attendees. It was about the same number, conference executive director Chris Sherman noted, that the event started with when it launched...

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Google Trips takes you where you want to go

Google launched its trip-planning app Google Trips this week, available on Android and iOS. Marketed to the modern tourist, the app boasts stress-free planning, personalized activity ideas based on time, place, and weather, and an easy-to-use interface...

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Fast-growing U.K. big data firm picks Austin for first U.S. office

Hello Soda -- a fast-growing big data firm based in the United Kingdom -- has chosen Austin for its first U.S. office. The Austin office will service Hello Soda's existing U.S. client base and provide a platform for future North American expansion...

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What does having a 'responsive' website mean?

If you've heard someone describe a website as being "Responsive," it doesn't mean the site's owner is quick to answer emailed questions or that it loads fast. In terms of design, a "Responsive" website is one that is made to adapt to the size of the...

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