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Dell hooks up with Alexa and Cortana for its latest laptops 

Happy Wednesday! It’s time for Tech Crawl, where we share some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning. Dell’s new mainstream laptops are happy to hear from you Dell had been storming Germany on a product-introduction tear of late...

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Talking about the next, worse wave of fake news and bots with Texas Standard

On this week’s “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about what experts believe the evolution of fake news and election-influencing bad players might be as we head into the next midterm elections. Think things were bad before? They may get much...

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No, this Austin man isn’t an Australian prime minister candidate (yet)

As if life and politics couldn’t get any weirder in 2018, we now have an Austinite in the running for Australian prime minister. Sort of. Peter Dutton, a sales manager at Austin’s Soul Popped Popcorn (yes, they sell popcorn), has been receiving Twitter...

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Old apps failing to run forever on newer devices? That’s app rot

If you’ve been downloading apps from Google’s mobile store or the Apple App Store for a long time, you may have noticed that some apps just don’t make the great life journey along with you. That’s often because new versions of operating systems, say...

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Amber is the color of your Swanwick blue-light-blocking glasses

The screens, it turns out, don’t want you to sleep. Computer monitors, mobile phone screens, 4K HDTVs, the screen at the gas pump blaring ads and infotainment at you while you fuel up, they are at the ready at all times.  They want your stare, to...

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Economic historian: Don’t blame tech for the gig economy sea change

Happy Monday morning, Austin! Here, in our revamped-format Tech Crawl, we take a look at some of the stories we’re most interested in sharing. Grab that second cup of coffee and let’s catch up: Tech only accelerated the gig economy The best story...

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On Texas Standard: protecting yourself from hackers and identity thieves

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we’re discussing what to do when the inevitable happens: an e-commerce company, bank or social-media site you use gets hacked. We share some tips on where to go and how to protect yourself if your data...

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ILYSM Ep. 54: Joshua Bingaman on following his passions with Helm Boots and Progress Coffee

What if you followed your dream, no matter how unlikely it was and how many people told you it was crazy? Joshua Bingaman did it twice, creating two uniquely Austin businesses, Progress Coffee and Helm Boots. In this week’s episode of “I Love You...

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Do you need a security key or is that just the paranoia talking?

Our personal data is in so many places online, whether we want it there or not, that it’s become time to stop asking whether we’ll ever be hacked and accept that it’s just a matter of when and how badly. With that in mind, you can think about the...

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Virtual tourism is a thing! Austin’s FarBridge builds on gaming chops for VR sightseeing and education

Some startups want to make a yacht-load of money. Others want to be a technology gamechanger.  At Austin’s VR/AR startup FarBridge Inc., one of the main goals has been a little more modest, says CEO Patrick Curry. “The litmus test for our projects...

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