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Six individuals and six charities, most from Austin, receive SXSW Community Service Awards grants

South by Southwest has announced the recipients of its 2018 Community Service Awards, naming six people and six non-profits that will be awarded badges to SXSW as well as grants that total $50,000. The Awards are an evolution of what used to be called...

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Discussing online immigrant-tracking policies from Homeland Security with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the Department of Homeland Security’s mixed messages on whether it will be tracking social media accounts and search results not only for immigrants with green cards, but also naturalized...

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Friday Tech Crawl: more Russia/election drama involving Twitter, IKEA snaps up TaskRabbit and Roku’s IPO day

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories you should be reading today: Twitter and Russia and the 2016 election: trudge continues The investigation into social media and last year’s U.S. presidential election trudges on like a trudging...

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Dr. Mehmet Oz shows off VR project ‘YOU’ at Austin’s Microsoft Store

On Thursday, Dr. Mehmet Oz (known on TV as simply “Dr. Oz”) was in Austin to demonstrate some virtual-reality software he said will help doctors improve care for their patients. “YOU,” which in the demonstration was focused on close-up examination...

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Soccer action arrives with ‘FIFA 18,’ RTS fans get long-awaited ‘Total War: Warhammer II’

New video games out this week “FIFA 18.” In case the recent “Madden 18” and “NBA 2K18” releases didn’t tip you off, it’s sports-game-release season. Soccer gets to throw in with new motion tech designed to give players more responsiveness and personality...

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Talking about ethics in tech (there probably should be some) with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the problematic issues that can arise when we race forward with new technologies, namely ethical concerns that some in the industry don’t always think through. Should tech firms make...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook to hand over Russian ad info, Apple TV 4K reviews and Uber’s license not renewed in London

Happy Friday, Austinites! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today: Zuck speaks up as Facebook says it’ll hand over Russian-ad info Mark Zuckerberg took to his own social network for a live video message about Facebook’s recent troubles...

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We’ve only scratched the surface with AR, says ‘Pokemon Go’ lead John Hanke

John Hanke, who appears to still be recovering from the success of last year’s hit mobile game “Pokemon Go,” made a strong case for augmented reality as an opening keynote speaker Thursday at the Austin Game Conference. At the two-day convention for...

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The case for and against upgrading to new iOS 11

To update or not to update? For anyone buying one of the new iPhone models this fall or a new iPad, you’ll likely be getting it with Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 11 installed. But for everyone else with older phones and tablets, is it...

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