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Things to check before you hand-me-down a gadget to your kid

My 8-year-old is a savant at lyrics and beats from current hit music (the clean songs only, I hope). When she began asking if she could have her own iPhone in order to listen to music, my wife and I balked. But then I came with what I thought might...

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Austin panel with originator of #MeToo, Tarana Burke, Ronan Farrow and Ashley Judd urges sustainable workplace changes

The woman who originated the #MeToo movement, meant to support victims of sexual harassment and assault, said Wednesday that although we’re in a different time than we were before a wave of recent activism around the topic, much work is left to be...

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Salma Hayek Pinault reveals why she held off so long on her #MeToo story at Austin WorkHuman conference

There were a lot of reasons not to write the December New York Times opinion piece, “Harvey Weinstein is My Monster Too,” which detailed actress, producer and activist Salma Hayek Pinault’s tortuous ordeal trying to make the Oscar-nominated film “Frida...

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Friday Tech Crawl: MyFitnessPal breach, Google takes out ‘Kodi’ autocomplete and leaked Facebook memos aren’t a good look

Happy Friday, Good or otherwise, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning: Bad news for MyFitnessPal users On Thursday, Under Armour, which owns the MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness brands (the latter of which started in Austin)...

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Talking about Bitcoin and the basics of blockchain tech with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we go back to basics explaining why Bitcoin is a thing that people care so much about and what blockchain technology actually does. Are we entering a new technological Valhalla of online transactions?...

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The de-register/re-register trick that might help your stalled app downloads

I ran into a problem recently when ebooks purchased or borrowed from Amazon’s Kindle store wouldn’t download to the company’s iPad app. After some frustrating attempts to keep downloading the same digital files over and over, seeing them get to 50...

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Can gliding through downtown Austin on electric bikes (URB-E) and scooters (LimeBike) fix congestion woes?

The thing that takes getting used to is that you’re going to get looks. Cruising down the reddish protected bike lane of downtown Austin’s 3rd Street on a near-soundless set of wheels at speeds of up to 20 mph, bypassing sloggy traffic, the glances...

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Talking about Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, our tech topic was the crisis at Facebook over data from millions of Facebook users apparently used by a company to aid the Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2016.  This week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Craigslist pulls personals, Twitter’s Dorsey sees big Bitcoin future, ‘Banner Saga 3’ will be on Switch

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some tech-related stories we’re checking out today. Craigslist removes personals Axios reports that Craigslist has pulled all personal ads from its online service as a response to a new law passed by the U.S. Congress...

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