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Austin company creating ‘Alamo Reality’ app to reveal layers of history on mission, 1836 battle

Back in the mid 1990s, designer Michael McGar worked on a big CD-ROM project called “Alamo: Victory or Death.”  Especially for its time, it was ambitious — it contained so much material it required two discs, included work from Texas celebrities including...

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Austin VC funding bounces back, jumps 182 percent in 2nd quarter

After a slow start to the year, venture capital activity in Austin bounced back in the second quarter, with internet companies leading the charge. A total of $330 million was raised by 43 companies during the quarter, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers...

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Launching in Austin: Buy and sell cars through your smartphone

Want to sell your car? Just take a picture.  That’s the promise from a new app from Denver-based Blinker,  which allows users to buy or sell a car using their smartphone.  Blinker handles everything, from providing estimated values to financing purchases...

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Austin software company SourceDay lands $3.5 million for expansion

Austin software startup SourceDay has landed $3.5 million in funding to continue expanding its operations, the company said Tuesday. The investment is the largest to date for SourceDay, which sells products that automate the process for manufacturing...

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Talking about Venmo, Square Cash and other P2P money apps with Texas Standard

Want to split a check with a friend without using dollar bills at lunch or juggling credit cards? Need to pay a babysitter or zap someone some money for mowing your lawn? The answer for many people is increasingly peer-to-peer payment apps such as...

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In Austin, Postmates will deliver beer to your doorstep

Starting today, on-demand delivery app Postmates will bring beer to your doorstep. Postmates has teamed up with Austin liquor stores, such as with South Lamar Wine & Spirits, 34 Wine & Spirits and Travis Heights Beverage World, to deliver...

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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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