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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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Talking about summer tech and kids with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about getting kids outside this summer and away from an eight-hour-a-day Netflix binge. What are some ways to get kids up and off the couch with toys and apps that are more active than playing...

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Planning to buy a new phone this summer? Let’s strategize

Ever since everybody caught up to Apple’s debut of the first iPhone in 2007, smartphone upgrades went like this: you paid a few hundreds of dollars (or less if it wasn’t the latest and greatest), but most of the phone was paid off with a two-year...

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Maybe this PC gaming RGB lighting thing is getting out of hand

For many years, WIndows PC gamers have been seeing the light with RGB products: lightstrips, cooling fans, case modifications, even memory sticks with pretty, colorful lighting to make the inside of a computer look like a PG-rated rave. But PC lighting...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Twitter’s new barriers to entry, sneaky cable fees, a LEGO car and San Fran’s battle with scooters

Happy Wednesday! Here are some of the tech stories we’re looking at today: Twitter keeps fighting fake accounts Twitter, which has had a surprising bounce back in terms of its stock price, is now taking measures to make sure new accounts created...

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Now you’re playing with cardboard: The lowdown on Nintendo’s brilliant, sturdy ‘Labo’

If you haven’t raised a kid or been one yourself recently, it’s easy to forget the wonders and possibilities contained in an empty cardboard box. Didn’t you know a cardboard box is also a spaceship you can fly around in? And a house you can climb...

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SXSW’s PanelPicker is here; this is what’s new and different

South by Southwest’s annual PanelPicker, the primary venue for public  to submit programming ideas for next year’s SXSW, is up and running. The submission period will be open until Friday, July 20 (which in SXSW-speak typically means midnight the...

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Hometowners Wild Child exceed ‘Expectations’ at ‘ACL’ TV taping

Wild Child is a band with Central Texas roots that has been steadily building since its 2011 debut “Pillow Talk,” a Spotify-friendly album that had surprisingly sharp, dark edges. Over three more albums, including its latest, “Expectations,” released...

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