Software & Apps

We’ve only scratched the surface with AR, says ‘Pokemon Go’ lead John Hanke

John Hanke, who appears to still be recovering from the success of last year’s hit mobile game “Pokemon Go,” made a strong case for augmented reality as an opening keynote speaker Thursday at the Austin Game Conference. At the two-day convention for...

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As AI evolves, more companies turning to chatbots 

For modern companies, one of the key challenges is figuring out how to become “omnichannels” -- or operations where all services (online, phone, brick and mortar) are seamlessly integrated together. An important step toward that integration is using...

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Open Source

The case for and against upgrading to new iOS 11

To update or not to update? For anyone buying one of the new iPhone models this fall or a new iPad, you’ll likely be getting it with Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 11 installed. But for everyone else with older phones and tablets, is it...

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Open Source

Austin’s TrustRadius brings in $5.5M for expansion

Austin-based TrustRadius, which runs a review platform for business-to-business technology, has raised $5.5 million to ramp up growth. The TrustRadius site, which launched in 2013, lets IT professionals share information in the same way that consumers...

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Austin Game Conference, geared to video game makers, returns for second stage

When it happened last year, the two-day Austin Game Conference was awakening from a 10-year pause. It had last appeared in Austin in 2006 and, four years after a similar conference, the Game Developers Conference Online headed west, it returned for...

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Kahoot, education company with Austin ties, rolls out new quiz app

Just two months after Kahoot, a company with Austin ties, landed a $10 million round of funding and an acceptance into the Disney Accelerator program, it has unveiled a revamped quiz app for iOS and Android. The Oslo, Norway-based company, which launched...

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Open Source

Austin’s FloSports races ahead with expansion plans

Austin-based FloSports is racing ahead with expansion plans. The company, which provides digital coverage of sports that don’t typically get network coverage, is launching FloBikes.com, a site dedicated to in-depth coverage of competitive cycling...

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My week as a part of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk army

Mark Zuckerberg was being interviewed about the early days of Facebook, and I — metaphorically speaking — had my ear to the door, listening to every word. I don’t know where this interview took place, when it happened, or how it got into the hands...

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I tried MoviePass, and if you’re a movie lover, it’s almost too good to be true

If pressed for any information about me, my friends will probably offer up the following two pieces of information: I love going to the movies and I am also shamelessly cheap. Thirty-day free trials? That’s why you make fake email addresses. Free...

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Open Source

An Austin-made app proved crucial to Harvey rescuers

An app that provided a crucial communication link between citizen rescuers and Houston residents stranded by rising floodwaters is made by a little-known Austin company called Zello.  Zello’s smartphone app essentially acts like a walkie talkie, allowing...

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