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Friday Tech Crawl: Tech companies rally behind DACA, Apple sets iPhone event date and Uber loses market share

Hope you’re ready for the three-day weekend, Austin. Here are some of the tech-news stories we’re reading this morning: Microsoft, Facebook and others plan to fight on DACA On news that president Donald Trump is expected to halt the  DACA (Deferred...

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Deliv expands to 33 markets, joins Austin’s crowded on-demand delivery scene

In what may have earned a strongly breathed “Huh,” from leaders at Whole Foods/Amazon on Thursday, Menlo Park, California-based startup Deliv has expanded its business to 33 markets, adding Austin as well as Phoenix, Orlando, San Antonio and other...

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An ode to a little-appreciated hero: the phone re-charger

If the past week of disastrous coastal weather has proven anything, it’s that our smart phones and other mobile communication devices are not just useful: they can be life-savers. But the Achilles’ Heel of most phones is their limited battery life...

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Social media as lifeline, mobilizer during Hurricane Harvey, aftermath

When faced with the loss of their homes and, in some cases, the possibility of death, victims of Hurricane Harvey reached for the tool so many of us use every day: their smart phones.  Whether they were trying to share photos and videos of the devastation...

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Author, journalist and ‘Black Panther’ scribe Ta-Nehisi Coates announced as SXSW keynote 

South by Southwest has announced its fourth keynote: it’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, the award-winning author of “Between the World and Me” who is also a national correspondent for The Atlantic and writer of the “Black Panther” line of Marvel Comics (soon...

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Why Austin-based Mattr is using blockchain tech for marketing agreements 

Lots of people are aware of Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency used online, but not everyone is aware that the underlying  “blockchain” tech behind it can be used for functions other than money transactions. Mattr, an Austin company that as part of its business...

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Mario and Rabbids universes collide in ‘Kingdom Battle’; dinosaurs are ride-hailed in ‘ARK: Survival Evolved’

New video games out this week “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.” The Mario and Ubisoft Rabbids franchises collide in this squad battle game in which Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi team up with four Rabbids (no distinguishable personalities...

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Keep your drone away from Hurricane Harvey disaster areas, FAA warns

The FAA is warning amateur drone pilots that they could be fined for unauthorized flight near disaster zones left by Hurricane Harvey and that they should not interfere with the work of emergency responders. The brief warning Friday, sent via email...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Hurricane prep, Apple’s Tim Cook in town and more ‘Black Mirror’ coming

Happy safe Friday to you, Austin. As we prepare for some heavy rain from Hurricane Harvey, please be careful on the roads and mindful of weather warnings, especially if you end up anywhere near the gulf coast. Here are some tech stories we’re following...

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On Texas Standard, talking about great apps for college students

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we followed up on a recent 512tech story from Lilly Rockwell and Sebastian Herrera about back-to-school apps for new college students. We discussed transportation apps, note-taking apps and one new...

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