Former Stratfor CEO David Sikora launches Austin blockchain security firm, ALTR

In another indication that Austin’s roster of blockchain-related startups is growing quickly, a new firm with about 25 employees, $15 million in funding and an enviable roster of software-veteran advisors, has come out of stealth mode to launch today...

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Talking about Trump, China and tech company ZTE with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed in a tech segment the ongoing saga about ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications and electronics maker that could be saved from doom by the president after the U.S. Department of Commerce took action...

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At Austin Central Library, hands-on gadget time drives the Tech Petting Zoo

By now, even if you haven’t visited, you’ve probably already heard a lot about the Austin Central Library: its unusual architecture, its plentiful meeting spaces, the enormous amount of print and digital offerings. But you might not have heard about...

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Spire Studio samples music-studio magic in deceptively simple package

There are all kinds of ways that technology has improved the process of creating and consuming audio over the past 20 years. Wireless headphones, easier sound editing, streaming music services and the built-in recording capabilities of smart phones...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Apple WWDC preview, ATX Hack for Change and a cyberattack at Ticketfly

Happy Friday! Here are some of the tech news stories and events we’re taking a glance at today: WWDC: it’s coming Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference starts Monday and while it is sometimes an occasion for the world’s biggest tech company...

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Reader wants to know: where are the personal tech coaches?

A reader asks: “What's the best way to find a regular technology coach? Like a personal trainer, but for a senior citizen needing regular one-to-one education/support. Not wanting to learn hardware or coding, but basic (very basic) stuff on Android...

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‘Fallout 76’ teaser reveals new Bethesda game; Austin studio likely working on it

This morning, Bethesda Softworks, the video-game publisher behind “Skyrim” and “Fallout 4,” revealed its next big game after starting an online video countdown yesterday: it’s called “Fallout 76” and the company has promised more details at the E3...

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Friday Tech Crawl: GDPR Day is here; Alexa spills some beans; and buying used stuff online

Happy Friday, everybody! Hope you’ve got your Memorial Day weekend plans lined up and that you’ll take a moment Monday to remember our fallen veterans. Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching this morning: GDPR: it’s here! If you’ve noticed...

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Talking about Amazon’s facial-recognition technology with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed the sudden publicity Amazon has on its hands with “Rekognition,” a facial-recognition software that the company has apparently been selling to law-enforcement agencies. You can hear the segment...

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