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What’s the deal with ‘OLED’ screens?

A few years ago, a big-screen television using so-called “OLED” screen technology cost so much that it was out of the reach of most shoppers. But this year’s Consumer Electronics Show featured a flood of new OLED sets and prices have dropped enough...

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SXSW inducting tech journalist Kara Swisher to its Interactive Hall of Fame

Tech journalist Kara Swisher, who has a reputation in the industry for her sharp mind, tough interviews and deep pool of sources, will this year be inducted into the South by Southwest Interactive Hall of Fame. Swisher, formerly of The Wall Street...

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Rooster Teeth’s ‘RWBY: Grimm Eclipse,’ ‘Gravity Rush 2’ lead the week’s new games

New video games out this week: “RWBY: Grimm Eclipse.” Austin’s popular home-grown animated series “RWBY” from Rooster Teeth becomes a console game in this four-player hack-and-slash title featuring online co-op play and a new storyline, villains...

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'Austin Remembers: MLK’ app uses augmented-reality tech ahead of 2017 celebration 

In advance of Monday’s celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an Austin company has released an iOS and Android app, “Austin Remembers: MLK.” The app uses augmented reality technology (made popular last year by “Pokemon Go”) to give users a...

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Tech Crawl: Nintendo Switch pricing and launch date set, Consumer Reports change tune on Apple laptops and an Amazon talent poaching

Happy Friday! Here’s tech news we’re following this morning. Nintendo reveals more Switch details The next Nintendo console, Switch, was shown more detail in an online presentation last night. The company revealed that the home TV/portable hybrid...

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Talking about 2017 tech prognostications with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we borrowed some notes from soothsayer Omarstadamus, and peeked into the future of technology for 2017. You can hear some predictions about Apple, Uber and Lyft in Austin, and whether Amazon’s Echo devices...

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Meme watch: who is this suave, Turkish #SaltBae meat slicer?

Even for a town obsessed with where to find the best BBQ, the attention might seem a little much. But Austin, like the rest of world, is not immune to the charms of Nusret Gökçe, a Turkish restaurant owner and butcher who has a way with meats. Gökçe...

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Hit the Microsoft Store before paying for a Windows repair job

A reader, Debra, writes in: “I have an HP laptop that I promise you is in infinite update mode! I've had the IT guys at my job try and help me set the updates to night updates only but no matter what, I hear it churning in the background endlessly...

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Marie Kondo, ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners, Ray Kurzweil and Van Jones among SXSW lineup additions

South by Southwest on Wednesday morning released another round of featured speakers for the March 10-19 conference, including decluttering author Marie Kondo (”The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”); David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners...

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Game designer Richard Garriott’s big life of adventure detailed in new book, ‘Explore/Create’

If you are going to title a book about your life “Explore/Create,” a kind of memoir that ties together the threads of how life experience fuels creative output, you’d better have: A. Interesting life experiences, and   B. A body of creative work worth...

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