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Talking about the state of technology that addresses disabilities with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show we’re taking a look at technologies geared toward those with disabilities. In part, we discuss a 512tech story from earlier this week about Bookshare, a program that provides free accessible ebooks to U...

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Tech Crawl: Instagram Stories a huge success, Apple eyes Toshiba investment and the horror of furless Tickle Me Elmo

Happy Friday, folks! Here are some of the tech stories we’re checking out before the weekend: Instagram Stories already eclipsing Snapchat The 24-hour photos/videos feature that is spreading like a virus through social media appears to be doing wonders...

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000,’ returning Friday, was a web series before the web was a thing

Before there was YouTube, or a “Share” button on every web page, or such a concept as watching a television series anytime you wanted from pretty much any device with a screen you owned, there was this: “KEEP CIRCULATING THE TAPES”. After episodes...

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A hands-on first look at Arkane Studios’ upcoming space thriller, ‘Prey’

May 5th may be a day marked on your calendar to celebrate Mexican-American culture (or at the very least queso and margaritas at a Mexican restaurant of your choosing), but for Austin’s Arkane Studios, it’s the day their ambitious new game “Prey”...

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Tech Crawl: Burger King in hot Whopper over tech-disrupting ad, Uber’s Lyft-sabotaging ‘Hell’ and an iPhone made of spare parts

Happy Thursday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today: Burger King hijacks Google Home Burger King found a way on Wednesday to get attention for itself that doesn’t involve improving its food: a 15-second commercial that prompts...

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How bad are you at drawing? Google’s AutoDraw may help you face some hard truths

If you, like me, are terrible at drawing, Google may have technological solution. Its new “AutoDraw” website offers a free tool for doodling, whether you’re on a mobile device or computer with an interesting twist. AutoDraw gives you the tools to...

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'Banjo-Kazooie’-inspired game ‘Yooka-Laylee’ has arrived

New video games out this week “Yooka-Laylee.” Billed as a spiritual successor to the wildly popular “Banjo-Kazooie” and built by former employees of the company that made it, this game is about a chameleon and a bat getting into imaginative scrapes...

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Bookshare’s free ebook library making a difference for Texas students with print disabilities

When he was six years old, Ben Cooper was diagnosed with dyslexia, a disability that can make it more difficult to interpret language and writing. For the next few years, his parents Robbi and Andrew Cooper took on the role of voicing all his reading...

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Tech Crawl: As missiles fly, Twitter sues over Trump-related user identity order; Samsung bulletproof in latest earnings

Take a bow, Austin. You made it all the way to Friday and the weekend is only hours away! Here’s what tech news we’re checking out this morning: Twitter sues Trump over @alt_USCIS identity On the same day that the U.S. launched 59 missiles into Syria...

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Talking with Texas Standard about ISPs selling your online usage info

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, it was time to talk about the big moves in Internet data privacy happening this week. Specifically, we discussed a recent vote/repeal to strike down a law that would have limited Internet providers from...

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