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Morning Tech Crawl: Hodor, 'Minecraft' to China and Apple in BlackBerry danger?

Apple = Blackberry? Marco Arment made waves over the weekend with this blog post suggesting Apple might go the way of BlackBerry if it doesn't get serious about big data / artificial intelligence services as some of its rivals including Amazon, Google...

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Talking Amazon Dash Buttons and IoT on Texas Standard

This week on KUT's radio "Texas Standard," we talked about Amazon's $4.95 Dash Button devices, which allow you to order bulk goods via Wi-Fi at the push of a literal branded button, and whether they're a useful device to own. Earlier in the week,...

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Gaming mouse could be a game changer for casual players

I was excited to play the beta of the new game "Overwatch" a few weeks ago. It had been a while since I played a PC shooter, so I pulled out my ancient Logitech MX Revolution wireless mouse from the drawer to play. And... it was dead. Maybe it was...

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Dish now offering house calls to repair broken iPhones

Got a weak iPhone battery or a broken screen? Dish wants to send a technician to you. The company better known for its TV service is getting into the smart phone repair business. It's become a fast-growing industry with mall kiosks and mobile repair...

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Want to try Oculus Rift? Best Buy demos start soon

The Oculus Rift, a $599 virtual reality headset, is an impressive piece of technology, but not something that's within reach of everyone. For one thing, it requires a very powerful Windows PC to run. For another, ordering one online today means you'll...

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Samsung Gear VR and other virtual reality we're checking out

Reporters Lori Hawkins, Omar L. Gallaga and Lilly Rockwell try out the Samsung Gear VR and some Google Cardboard-compatible virtual reality apps and discuss in our weekly 512talk video segment.

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Don't assume voicemails will stick around forever

A reader, Ann, calls in to ask, "Is it possible to retrieve voice messages off of old phones where the voice message was presumably deleted?" She adds that the message might be as old as 15 years old. It's extremely unlikely that the message still...

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Austin-made BluSpeech to make conversations in cars less shouty

If you've ever found yourself shouting in your car from the driver's seat to a passenger in the back seat and struggling to be heard, you might be interested in a new Austin-made gadget, BluSpeech. Especially in larger vehicles like vans, road noise...

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Texas among nation's leaders in commercial drone exemptions

It seems Texas businesses are excited about the possibilities of using drones. Texas is among the nation's leaders in having companies receive exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft systems, according to a study...

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North Korea an option for your extra USB flash drives

USB flash drives, the portable, durable way to schlep data files around without sending them online, are so good at their job that they've become a little too ubiquitous for some of us.  It's not uncommon for them to pile up, especially if you've...

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