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What is a ‘Full stack developer?’

One of the buzzwords over the last few years in the world of tech hiring has been “Full stack developer,” a kind of catch-all phrase that can mean “we want a person who can do it all.” But what does “Full stack” actually mean, outside of a tall order...

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SXSW names Jessica Shortall of Texas Competes as keynote, adds Buzz Aldrin, Chris Sacca, Bob Odenkirk, many more to speaker list

South by Southwest made another significant programming announcement on Tuesday, including a new keynote speaker for the March festival and conference. Jessica Shortall, managing director of Texas Competes, will speak on as part of SXSW’s Social...

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CEO of Austin’s Iris Telehealth’s says he’s balancing careful clinical care with startup growth

Here is something you don’t often hear from the CEO of a startup: “I don’t know what I’m doing.”  It’s refreshingly honest, but it only tells part of the story of Tarik Shaheen’s company Iris Telehealth, which relocated to Austin late last year. ...

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Action-packed ‘Nioh,’ from Team Ninja, is new in games this week

New video games out this week” “Nioh.” The latest from Team Ninja is a long-in-development PlayStation 4 exclusive that takes place in 16th-century Japan. There’s demons beasts, samurai weapons, a deep combat system and a story of a country torn...

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Tech Crawl: Vizio pays settlement on TV data collection, more companies join fight against Trump immigration ban 

Happy Tuesday, campers! Here’s some of the tech news we’re following this morning: When your TV watches you The electronics company Vizio, known for its budget-priced HDTVs, was dinged by the Federal Trade Commission for data it says the company was...

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Austin’s Snap Kitchen looks to stay ‘craveable’ as it pushes meal business into new digital realms 

David Kirchhoff, chief executive officer of Austin’s Snap Kitchen, has a voice that booms confidently when he talks about the company he’s been leading since 2015.  The company’s meals, he says, are “legitimately craveable” and “weirdly good for you...

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Talking with Texas Standard about terrible people and bad arguments on Facebook 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed a recent 512tech Digital Savant Micro in which I presented three terrible argument techniques you often see on Facebook. In the segment, we go into more detail with examples of “whataboutism...

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Charging problems on an iPhone? Time to do a lint check

I was traveling recently and the day before my flight back home, my iPhone stopped charging. I tried different Lightning cables and different power adapters, but nothing worked. The only way I could get my rapidly draining phone to take a charge was...

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New in games: ‘Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World,’ ‘Hitman’ reboot’s first season 

New video games out this week:  “Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World.” (out Friday) “Yoshi’s Woolly World” was a crafty delight on Nintendo Wii U, featuring beautifully yarn-inspired worlds. The 3DS version includes the Wii U levels and adds some new...

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In case you missed it, a flurry of South by Southwest 2017 updates and news

The last week has been a busy one for news about South by Southwest . On Thursday, it was announced that controversial FBI director James Comey will be interviewed on March 13 by The Newseum’s CEO Jeffrey Herbst. In addition to that, here’s some SXSW...

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