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Tech Crawl: Another ransomware attack spreads, Facebook hits 2 billion users, WeWork’s Austin Creator Awards 

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following right now: Ransomware is back in a big way It’s been a few week since the WannaCry crisis, but now we’ve got another major international ransomware crisis on our hands called “Petya...

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Arkane Studios president Raphael Colantonio steps down

The president of Arkane Studios, Raphael Colantonio, who headed up its Austin office and co-developed the games “Prey” and “Dishonored,” said in a post Tuesday that he was stepping down from the company he co-founded in 1999. “...it is time for me...

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‘Valkyria Revolution’ and ‘Diablo III’ Necromancer expansion are new this week

New video games out this week “Valkyria Revolution.” This fantasy game set in “An alternate world based on the European era of industrialization” evolves the series from turn-based strategy to real-time combat. Expect lots of drama whether you play...

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PanelPicker is ready for your SXSW 2018 ideas

The long, yet here-before-you-know it trek toward South by Southwest 2018 has begun with Monday’s opening of the PanelPicker, the mechanism by which the bulk of SXSW’s panels and programming gets chosen. PanelPicker is open for submissions through...

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Tech Crawl: Walmart plays hardball on web services, Pandora founder exit and SpaceX sticks two landings 

Happy Monday, Austin! Here are some tech stories we’re reading about today. Walmart gets pushy about vendors using Amazon’s cloud Walmart, which has been making lots of improvements to its web retail business since it bought Jet.com, is now apparently...

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Q&A sessions reveal some details on game guru Richard Garriott’s new ‘Shroud of the Avatar’

As development of the first full release of his new game, “Shroud of the Avatar” hits the home stretch this year, Portalarium Inc.’s CEO and creative director Richard Garriott de Cayeux is inviting equity investors to help raise another $2 million...

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Talking about the evolution of USB (yes, the port) with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we had an entire discussion about USB ports, cables and the increasingly popular USB-C standard. Seriously! A whole segment! About USB! You’d be surprised how much there was to talk about. Find out...

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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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Your broken Mac’s not old and unfixable, it’s ‘Vintage’ (and unfixable)

My 2011 MacBook Pro died suddenly as I was in the middle of editing some photos for work. The workhorse machine has been a great companion, but it was the subject of a recall for faulty graphics cards and already had its innards replaced once. Now...

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Tech Crawl: Amazon/Whole Foods fallout, Google’s plan against extremism and a two-factor how-to

Happy Monday, Austin! Back to work we go. Here are some tech stories you may have missed this morning or over the weekend: Whole Foods under the microscope with Amazon deal You probably didn’t miss Friday’s huge news, that Amazon is buying Whole...

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