Why I’m not buying a Tesla Model 3 (at least for now)

There it was, finally real and sitting in the North Austin Tesla showroom, and all I could think was, “Wow, that’s shiny.” Tesla’s Model 3 electric car, the Tesla for the rest of us who haven’t been able to afford the pricier offerings to date from...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Twitter’s password panic, ‘Fortnite’ esports halo effect, Amazon’s spat with Seattle over taxes and ‘Star Wars’ + ‘Arrested Development’

Happy May the Fourth, “Star Wars” fans! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following this morning. Change your Twitter password Twitter users are getting bad news from the company: an internal bug exposed everybody’s passwords. And while there’s...

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Yes, you can crack open your game console without voiding the warranty

If you’ve ever opened up a video game console in order to do a hard-drive upgrade or to clean out some dust and instantly regretted it because you voided your product’s warranty, you may be happy to hear that the so-called “Seal” warning is actually...

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Electric attraction: Model 3 car debuts at Tesla’s Austin showroom

The Model 3, the production-issue-plagued electric vehicle that Tesla, Inc., says it wants to sell to the masses, made its Austin showroom debut Friday morning. Sitting aside a Model S and Model X, the dark-silver vehicle draw some of its first potential...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Amazon raises Prime price, slides into your car trunk; SXSW vs. UT on 2019 spring break dates and new Gmail features

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re keeping an eye on today. Hello Amazon Prime price hike; now send packages to my car Amazon made a lot of moves this week that could affect you directly. For one thing, it announced raising...

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What will happen when South by Southwest 2019 and UT’s spring break misalign?

Jenna Million, a public relations senior at the University of Texas at Austin, wants to get into the music business. For the past four years, South by Southwest has been a part of that plan. In 2015 and 2016, she attended as many free and all-ages...

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On Texas Standard: what to do with old gadgets and a segment on Facebook’s facial-recognition controversy

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, our tech segment is about all the ways you can re-use, resell or recycle your old tech gear. Inspired by our recent story about Apple’s new Daisy iPhone-recycling machine, we talked about what to do with...

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The reason for all those privacy policy and terms of service update emails

Glancing over my email inbox the last month or so, one thing is clear: a lot of tech companies are updating their Terms of Service and/or their Privacy Policy and letting us, the users, know about it. It’s not just social-media companies such as Facebook...

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15 moments that have defined Austin’s Rooster Teeth 

It all started with a funny web video posted on April Fool’s Day in 2003. A group of friends put together their own scripted dialogue with the video game “Halo: Combat Evolved” to animate a snarky meta commentary on basic Marines-in-space gaming tropes...

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