An Austin reader charmingly turns a tech reporter into the ‘Department of Strange Tech Questions’

One day, I found two identically addressed letters in my work mailbox. My name wasn’t on either envelope. Instead, they were each addressed to the Austin American-Statesman’s “Department of Strange Tech Questions.” And so they came to me. Both letters...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Conversable and Shake Shack pilot new software version, new Oculus VR hardware and Alexa’s new family values

Happy Thursday, Austin! Here’s some tech news for you: Conversable updates AI software If you’ve been following our stories about chatbots, you’re probably already familiar with Conversable, a company based in Austin and Dallas that’s been doing...

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Cardtek co-founder: Get ready for cars that can make mobile payments for you

Your next mobile wallet could be a bit larger than your cell phone. In fact, it could be large enough to drive around. We could soon be seeing automobiles that seamlessly integrate ways to make payments on things like drive-thru food, car washes and...

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More orc damage returns in ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’; ‘Evil Within 2’ looks scary

New video games out this week: “Middle-earth: Shadow of War.” The sequel to 2014’s wildly popular “Shadow of Mordor” brings more bloody, open-world action to the Tolkeinverse. In this game, you must go behind enemy lines to try to turn your enemies...

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GSD&M’s Roy Spence, Steve Ballmer, Ira Glass and Ana Marie Cox among SXSW 2018 featured additions

South by Southwest on Tuesday announced another round of featured speakers as its lineup for March 2018 continues to fill out. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was named a keynote speaker in a list that already includes author Ta-Nehisi Coates, director...

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Help wanted: Ericsson recruiting 80 for a 5G design center it’s opening in Austin

Ericsson, the Stockholm, Sweden-based communications tech company, says it is opening a design center in Austin focused on applications around 5G radio base stations and their microelectronic innards. The company says it expects to hire 80 Application...

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ILYSM @ ACL Fest 2017: venting about the festival in The Whine Lounge

We wrap up our podcast dispatches for Weekend One of Austin City Limits Music Festival with “The Whine Lounge,” an imaginary audio space inside the actual Wine Lounge where we invited new friends we met to vent about ACL Fest or share an experience...

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ILYSM @ ACL Fest 2017: DJs do battle for audience ears at the Silent Disco

What is a Silent Disco and how has it suddenly taken over Austin City Limits Music Festival this year with shows at the Tito’s Vodka tent every day of the fest? Addie Broyles and Tolly Moseley went to experience it for themselves and reveal what goes...

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ILYSM @ ACL Fest 2017: Here for Jay-Z, but waiting for Beyoncé

Sure, there was a huge crowd to see Jay-Z on the first night of Austin City Limits Music Festival 2017 (review), but we wondered how many of them were really there to see the performer and how many were showing up catch a possible glimpse of his...

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Making a statement at ACL Fest 2017 on gun violence

Logan Cassidy of Ohio, who works in sales at Dell Technologies, holds up a sign as part of the Walk for Vegas effort on Oct. 6, 2017, at Austin City Limits Music Festival Seen walking toward the Beer...

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