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Talking about Austin’s Cody Wilson and 3-D printed guns on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we’re discussing the news that Austinite and former University of Texas law student Cody Wilson just scored a major legal victory in his quest to liberate 3-D printed gun designs from being banned by...

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Buying and selling locally by app with ‘Letgo’ and ‘OfferUp’

Newspaper classified ads yielded a great amount of group to the rise of Craigslist. And now I wonder if Craigslist, which has no official mobile app of its own, might not be losing out to a few apps that connect local buyers and sellers. I’ve been...

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SXSW clarifies, updates policy on diversity requirements for panels

South by Southwest says older language on its PanelPicker website that was not updated to new guidelines may be to blame for why at least one participant raised concerns about whether the event might be disallowing panels consisting of all women or...

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At $199, GoPro Hero is a great family camera; but will it make you put your phone down?

There’s a great Erykah Badu song that was released a few years ago, “Phone Down,” about the digital-distraction era.  She sings: I can make you put your phone downAs we cruise through the cityI can make you put your phone downYou ain't gonna text...

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Tech Crawl: Tesla opens up Model 3 to all, a 3-D printed gun settlement with Austinite and Magic Leap’s AT&T partnership

Happy Hump Day, everybody! Here are some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning. Want a Tesla Model 3? Or Elon’s submarine? Jalopnik yesterday reported that Tesla has opened up orders of its slightly-less-expensive Model 3 electric vehicle...

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Austin firm The Zebra -- the ‘Kayak for car insurance’ -- doubling staff size, moving HQ to East Austin

The Zebra, an Austin company that last year raised $40 million and has been backed by Texas billionaire Mark Cuban, has big plans for 2019. The Zebra says it expects to double its workforce from about 100 employees to 200 by the end of 2019. And next...

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Canadian company’s name inspired by chatty grackles

Two years ago, when Toronto-based entrepreneur Paul Walker was starting a new software company, he got inspiration for its name from one of his lead investors, a former CEO at the company he used to work for. “When he left the company as CEO, he moved...

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Should you set up family accounts for your apps and gadgets?

If your household is feeling the pinch of paying for multiple accounts on, say, mobile phone lines, Netflix bills and streaming music, it might be worth looking into family pricing options, even if you don’t have a traditional nuclear family. Services...

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Talking with Texas Standard about finding the best smartphone-upgrade deal 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we revisited a recent 512tech story about smart-phone upgrade strategies.  What are the best deals you can get on new, last-generation or used phones, or should you skip this year’s urge to upgrade entirely...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Tinder getting Gif-fy, OLED iPhone rumors, EU’s copyright reforms stalled and Uganda’s social-media tax

Happy weird mid-week 5th of July! Hope you didn’t eat too many hot dogs yesterday and that you’re feeling good enough to be back at work after a Wednesday holiday. Here are some of the tech stories we’re eyeing blearily today during our fireworks...

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