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SXSW adds Apple’s Eddy Cue, Waymo’s John Krafcik and YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki to lineup

South by Southwest on Tuesday added several heavy hitters from the tech industry to its featured speaker lineup for March, plus about a half dozen from film, TV, fashion and food. On the tech side, Apple’s senior vice president of internal software...

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Wait, what? Talking about AT&T’s letter supporting net neutrality with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we revisited the ongoing battle over net neutrality, specifically an open letter from AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson urging for laws to be passed to lock rules in place, and a Burger King ad that impressively...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Lyft’s customer data scandal, Casey Neistat’s fail at CNN and two weekend tech events

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following this morning that aren’t about Dell Technologies possibly raising money with an IPO (say WHAAAAT?!). Lyft employees may have used customer data in bad faith The ride-hailing company...

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Report: BioWare’s Austin ‘Anthem’ team facing pressure, possible release delay

Game blogs are buzzing on Wednesday over a report on the popular site Kotaku about the upcoming action game, “Anthem,” a title being developed primarily at Electronic Arts’ BioWare Austin studio. The story, citing anonymous people working on the game...

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Reader wants to know: will replacing an old iPhone battery improve speeds?

A reader, Tom, writes, “Apple's updates slowed down iPhones to save battery life. I was wondering if I do replace the battery in my iPhone 6, will my phone still run slower? I did notice significantly slower operation after the update.” Late last...

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Austin’s Jonathan Coon - founder of 1-800 CONTACTS -- wants you comparison shopping with Wikibuy

In 1992, Jonathan Coon started a company out of his Brigham Young University dorm room. He says he was trying, like all entrepreneurs, to solve a problem. “I was a poor college student and contact lenses were expensive,” he said. “They took a week...

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‘Monster Hunter: World’ and ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ bringing the battles this week in new games

New video games out this week: “Monster Hunter: World.” (Out Friday) Capcom’s “Monster Hunter” series returns with what the game’s developers are calling a huge open-world ecosystem that allows players to interact with environments and wildlife more...

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‘Ramp of Mystery’ in middle of nowhere was drone test site

If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears. It’s a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field. >> Read more trending news It’s a steep ramp with too much of an...

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Austin Answered: What’s the story behind Austin’s ‘Ramp of Mystery’?

If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears, a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field.  It’s a steep ramp with too much of an incline to walk up easily. To the...

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Talking about tech for freezing weather on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we bundled up in our winter coats and discussed some of the tech implications of the freezing temperatures we had this week. What are some of the best tech-infused ice scrapers, should you get a remote...

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