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Talking about ethics in tech (there probably should be some) with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the problematic issues that can arise when we race forward with new technologies, namely ethical concerns that some in the industry don’t always think through. Should tech firms make...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook to hand over Russian ad info, Apple TV 4K reviews and Uber’s license not renewed in London

Happy Friday, Austinites! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today: Zuck speaks up as Facebook says it’ll hand over Russian-ad info Mark Zuckerberg took to his own social network for a live video message about Facebook’s recent troubles...

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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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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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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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‘NBA 2K18’ and ‘Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’ lead off this week’s new games

New video games out this week “NBA 2K18.” Improvements to this year’s edition of the basketball game include a beefed up career mode, meta-games to improve player ratings, new Create-A-Player options and even additional gameplay commentary from the...

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Apple’s disconnect: $1,000+ phones in a devastating hurricane season

The Apple Event on Tuesday, in which the world’s largest tech company debuted several significant new products, begins with a tribute to late founder Steve Jobs, then pivots about six minutes in to an acknowledgment of the devastation brought by Hurricane...

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Talking with Texas Standard about what the Apple Event means for customers

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about Apple’s Tuesday announcements, which included new iPhones, a 4K version of its Apple TV and a new cellular-enabled Apple Watch. What does wireless charging (and higher prices) bring to...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook enabled anti-Semitic ads, Alphabet may invest $1 billion in Lyft and what social-media influencers get paid

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching this morning: Facebook shifts course after anti-Semitic ads go through After the news site ProPublica investigated how easy it is to get ads targeting users with anti-Semitic...

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