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Is it time to break up with your underperforming router?

A reader, David, asks: “We use Spectrum for our internet service only and have been having problems with slow connectivity over the past few months, ranging between 1.1 and 28.7 Mbps when I run a speed test. We have had Spectrum come out four times...

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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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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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Talking with Texas Standard about why Hauwei’s struggling with wireless carriers in the U.S.

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the news that the Chinese gadget maker Huawei lost a partnership with AT&T to bring a flagship product to the U.S. with that wireless carrier. Why is the government concerned about...

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Always Connected PCs to help blur the line between computers and phones

Have you ever wished your laptop was connected automatically online all the time instead of requiring you to seek a Wi-Fi hotspot whenever you’re traveling or trying to get work done at a coffee shop? Two tech titans, Microsoft and Qualcomm, are hoping...

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Talking with Texas Standard about the tech we should have left behind in 2017

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, it’s time to take one last look back at 2017 and talk about some of the technologies we wish would have gone away before the new year. You can check out the segment on the Texas Standard website or...

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How plausible are the tech nightmares in Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ series? 

Last Friday, tucked between Christmas snoozing and New Year’s Eve revelry, Netflix debuted six new episodes of “Black Mirror,” the British-born anthology series that since 2011 has been provocatively exploring the dark side of our love affair with...

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A buzzing and then flight: Dripping Springs students learn to program, pilot drones 

It’s a chilly Tuesday morning in December at Walnut Springs Elementary, and the school library is buzzing. Not with gossip or unruly chatter or the burned-off grounds of coffee for teachers, but actual buzzing.  It could be the windup of angry bees...

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Talking about ways to protect kids online with Texas Standard 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about some strategies for keeping kids safe online, especially in light of recent problems on YouTube with adult-themed videos targeted at kids. You can find the segment, which includes resources...

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Rear-view cameras and other new-car features you can add to older vehicles

If you’ve been coveting some of the tech features you’d typically find in newer cars but you’re determined to hang on to an older vehicle you love, you can split the difference with some smart aftermarket upgrades. For instance, I get a lot of use...

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