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Tech Crawl: Tech leaders unhappy about Paris pullout; Nintendo’s Switch subscription plans and Blue Apron’s IPO

TGIF, folks! You made it through another week. Here’s some of the tech stories we’ve been catching up on today: Tech leaders weigh in on Trump’s climate decision Elon Musk’s Thursday Tweet about leaving president Donald Trump’s advisory councils...

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Talking about the benefits of chat apps with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we looked at some of the benefits of using chat apps, particularly on mobile devices, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and more security-focused apps such as Signal and Telegram. You can listen...

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What is ‘End-to-end encryption?’ Only you and someone else may know

If you’re a frequent user of chat/messaging apps, whether you’re using them on a work computer, a mobile phone, or via a web browser and you care about security, you may want to figure out if you’re using “End-to-end encryption.” What that means...

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10 Tweets About... the president’s ‘Covfefe’

Who among us hasn’t misspelled a word and posted it in an email or public message while typing quickly on a digital device? When you’re the president, though, it can create ripples that reverberate across the Twittersphere. In a late-night Tweet,...

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Crowdfunded ‘Perception’ and ‘Tekken 7’ on next-gen are new in games 

New video games out this week: “Perception.” A crowdfunded horror game made by some former Irrational Games developers about a blind woman who perceives the world through echolocation and who must deal with a monster in a haunted house. Rated M for...

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Austin’s Asure Software sets secondary stock offering on heels of two acquisitions 

On a Friday morning conference call with analysts and media members, Asure Software Inc. chief executive officer Pat Goepel didn’t try to hide his enthusiasm. “Boy, I’m thrilled to be back talking about some of the exciting things happening at Asure...

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With ProSwingTips app, Austin golf enthusiast wants to connect instructors with amateurs

Derek Levine was only six years old when he was introduced to the family avocation: He got his first set of golf equipment. “My dad bought me a Ben Hogan junior set (of clubs) and an old Ben Hogan golf bag. I used to carry it everywhere,” Levine says...

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LISTEN: laptop shopping advice on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we’re advising host David Brown on buying a new laptop. We took a look at three categories: Chromebooks, Windows laptops and Apple Macs.  You can listen to the segment over on the Texas Standard website...

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A reader asks: how safe are fingerprint scanners?

A reader, Gina, asks, “I heard something on the radio that for security reasons it is not safe (secure) to use your thumbprint to log into your phone or any of your email or other accounts that have this choice. Could you answer this for me?" The...

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Worlds to explore in ‘Rime’ and horror to re-live in ‘Friday the 13th: the Game’

New video games out this week: “Rime.” (Out Friday) A lovely-looking adventure/puzzle game in the vein of “Ico” and “The Last Guardian” from Grey Box Games. Rated E-10+ for Everyone 10 and Older. $30 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. “Friday the 13th...

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