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Talking tech-related TV with Texas Standard

As a companion to yesterday's column about "Mr. Robot" and "Halt and Catch Fire," you can check out a conversation with Texas Standard radio about these shows and others that reflect our tech culture back to us. You can hear the segment on the Texas...

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Amazon hiring for newly opened San Marcos facility

Amazon.com Inc. on Wednesday opened its San Marcos, where it expects to employ about 1,000 workers. Amazon's robotics fulfillment center will begin fulfilling customer orders next week for the San Antonio and Austin areas.  At a celebration, the company...

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Prisma app turns photos into works of AI art

If you've been seeing a lot of impressive images on social media lately that look like they were crafted by a brilliant digital artist, it might be the work of artificial intelligence from an app called Prisma. The Russian-based app allows iOS and...

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Tech Crawl: iPhone malware conspiracy, WhatsApp backtrack and the great monkey emoji debate 

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we're checking out this morning: Zero-day exploit sends Apple scrambling Citizen Lab and Lookout Security uncovered a major malware attack  that is apparently being sold to governments to spy...

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'Mr. Robot' and 'Halt and Catch Fire': the dark future and wistful past of our love affair with tech

Sometimes, the thing you thought you were ready to give up on returns to glory and it's just as great as you remember. That's what happened with "Mr. Robot," a TV drama on the USA Network that had its first darkly hypnotic and techno-thrilling season last...

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GameSalad's tools turning Texas students into game developers

When Austin-based GameSalad formed in 2007, it was with the intent of making it easier for developers to quickly create video games.  In 2009, the company's GameSalad Creator launched, allowing developers for the web, iOS devices and Android to make...

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Tech Crawl: iPhone 6 design flaw, hackers hit the news and the best smart bulbs

Happy hump day and happy day-after-Trump in Austin day! Here's some of the top tech stories catching our eye this morning: Does the iPhone 6/6+ have a fatal flaw? Just ahead of the expected Sept. 7 announcement of a new iPhone model, Apple may have...

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'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' and 'Madden NFL 17' are out this week

New video games out this week: “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.” A partnership with CNN has boosted this game’s profile considerably. In the year 2029, augmented humans are treated like outcasts. You play an operative who has to infiltrate a worldwide conspiracy...

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Notes from an Austin Free-Net panel on fixing the tech skills gap

Thursday night, Austin Free-Net hosted a panel at the Google Fiber Space, "Solving the Emerging Technology Skills Gap." Moderated by Hugh Forrest from South by Southwest, the panel was a speed-format effort to discuss solutions to a shortage of tech...

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Talking back-to-school tech on the cheap with Texas Standard

On our weekly radio segment with "Texas Standard," we talked about the recent 512tech back to school story which focused on apps and educational resources you can get cheap or for free. In the radio segment, we expand on that a bit with some talk...

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