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Fast-growing ‘HQ Trivia’ lets iPhone players compete for cash

It’s 8 p.m. on a weeknight and the push alert comes through to tens of thousands of iPhones. “Hello players. Do you want to play a game? HQ is live.”  “HQ Trivia” is an idea so well-executed, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t happened before now. It’s...

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Mozilla pledges $95,000 to Austin tech-for-good projects

Mozilla, the Mountain View, California-based nonprofit, said it is awarding $95,000 total to seven Austin-based educational tech projects. The money is from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, which awards funding to projects in so-called “Gigabit...

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‘Call of Duty’ returns to ‘WWII’ while ‘Beast Quest’ brings Avantia to game consoles

New video games out this week “Call of Duty: WWII.” (Out Friday) The titanic game franchise goes back to the beginning, returning to World War II with a cinematic single-player storyline, a multiplayer community experience that spans five WWII divisions...

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Talking with Texas Standard about portrayals of tech in movies and TV 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talk about how technology and people in the tech industry are portrayed on movies and television, from “Mr. Robot” and “Halt and Catch Fire” to “Silicon Valley” and ‘24.”   You can listen to the segment...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Earningspocalypse Day includes Alphabet, Intel, Amazon and Microsoft; Pixel 2 has bug fixes on the way

Happy Friday, Austin! Ready for some tech stories? Let’s do this. Four huge tech companies, four positive earnings reports Woe be the tech journalist who had to cover four simultaneous earnings drops at the same time (that’s why I write about silly...

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Austin Internet pioneer Tracy LaQuey Parker on how it began and where we’re going

Sometimes it’s not about recognizing the next big thing in technology. It’s convincing everyone around you that your intuition about an incoming wave is the one everyone should surf. In her various roles at the University of Texas at Austin and at...

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TV rating measurements are trying to catch up with U.S. viewing habits

A reader from Loganville, Georgia named Jim asks, “Is there any way they (satellite company, broadcaster, advertiser) can know what TV show I am watching? I believe NOT! How are TV ratings derived?” The short answer is that increasingly, yes, satellite...

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‘Super Mario Odyssey’ brings Mario back in 3-D, ‘Wolfenstein II’ out to defeat Nazis again

New video games out this week: “Super Mario Odyssey.” (Out Friday) It’s-a-him! Mario! Back for perhaps the most-anticipated game of the year, at least if you own a Nintendo Switch. It’s a successor to the classic “Super Mario 64,” a 3-D adventure...

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These three websites will scare you silly for Halloween

You could go see a scary movie or terrify yourself by simply viewing the day’s headlines, but why not enjoy some more old-fashioned creepy vibes from the nearest web browser? Here are three sites you may have missed that will get you in the Halloween...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Tech giants forming pro-DACA coalition, Stitch Fix’s IPO and sexual harassment allegations against Robert Scoble

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading about this morning: DACA lobbying group is coming Reuters says it has uncovered documents showing that at least 20 tech companies are forming a pro-Dreamers lobbying group to push...

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