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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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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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Friday Tech Crawl: Netflix to end online reviews, the end of Samsung’s record profits and more

Netflix to end online reviews The streaming service announced it will halt its desktop-only feature that allowed users to read and write reviews on movies and TV shows, CNET reported. "We have notified members who have used the feature recently,"...

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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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Woof: The dogs of uShip share their business acumen

Austin internet company uShip has always prided itself in being a dog-friendly workplace.  Every workday, some 15 to 20 canines accompany their owners to work at uShip’s headquarters on East Riverside Drive. So when International Take Your Dog...

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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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Less-invasive prostate cancer treatment receives FDA clearance

Prostate cancer patients around the country will soon have a less-invasive, radiation-free treatment option.  French company EDAP TMS, which made Austin its U.S. headquarters two years ago, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance...

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Talking about Dell going public with Texas Standard

Round-Rock based Dell Technologies made a big announcement on Monday: It is rejoining the public markets.  The move, made just five years after Dell and other investors spent $24.4 billion to privatize the company, means that Dell has opened itself...

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Tuesday Tech Crawl: LeBron to Lakers a win for shopping startup Wish, and more movie subscription plans launching 

Shopping startup Wish is about to get a lot of air time After NBA superstar LeBron James decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakes this week, the talk of the league was how good his squad might be next season. For Wish, the California-based e-commerce...

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Dell is returning to public trading 

Michael Dell is taking his massive technology company public again. But this time, he’s making sure he maintains majority control over it. Just five years after going private, Dell Technologies is diving back into the public waters, not through an...

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