Software & Apps

Former RideAustin driver’s rape case reignites debate over ride-hailing background checks

When Osmani Limonta Diaz applied to become a driver for ride-hailing nonprofit RideAustin, his criminal record looked clean. It gave no sign of the legal trouble he faces now. Diaz is accused of raping a female passenger while working for RideAustin...

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The dilemma for Twitter, Snap and Facebook: Go for growth, or give users what they want?

 According to The Emily Post Institute, when somebody gives you a gift you don’t want, the etiquette is pretty clear: “Issue a warm thank-you; after all, someone did buy you a gift, even if they missed the mark.” If the gift is a complete misfire...

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Open Source

ScaleFactor, maker of accounting software for small businesses, raises $2.5 million

ScaleFactor, which sells finance and accounting software for small businesses, has landed $2.5 million to speed up product development. The Austin-based startup provides a platform that provides automation tools for bookkeeping, tax compliance and...

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Open Source

Reader seeks a way to export iPhone texts

A reader, Jetty, writes: “I am on a HOA board in my subdivision and have a lot of texts from other board members. I would like to find some way to print them or transfer them somewhere to print them. I have talked to AT&T and they suggested screen...

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Austin startup Rollick Outdoor raises $5.6M for platform to sell boats, RVs, motorcycles

Austin startup Rollick Outdoor has raised $5.6 million to build out its online platform for selling boats, RVs and motorcycles. The funding round was led by Silverton Partners with participation from Autotech Ventures, Troy Capital Partners, Capital...

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Austin-based Accruent ramps up its European expansion with an acquisition

Austin-based software company Accruent is ramping up its European expansion by acquiring a Dutch software maker. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Accruent, which develops real estate, facilities and equipment management software, has...

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Holey rollers: Austin’s competitive Skee-ball players are building the future of the sport

It’s chilly for Austin on the Sunday night before Halloween and it’s getting a little late. The final four rollers have been chosen for the National Brewskee-Ball Championships, an event known to players as “The BEEB.”  The back area of Full Circle...

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Open Source

Austin’s SailPoint plans to raise $200 million in upcoming IPO

Austin-based software maker SailPoint Technologies is getting closer to an initial public offering of stock, with plans to raise $200 million. The company on Monday announced terms for its IPO. It plans to offer 20 million shares (29 percent are insider...

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Open Source

Fast-growing ‘HQ Trivia’ lets iPhone players compete for cash

It’s 8 p.m. on a weeknight and the push alert comes through to tens of thousands of iPhones. “Hello players. Do you want to play a game? HQ is live.”  “HQ Trivia” is an idea so well-executed, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t happened before now. It’s...

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Meet Skout Deals, which shares location-based deals on its mobile app

Bryan and Alice Payne’s first high school date was at Burger King, and he paid with a two-for-one coupon. It was a match made in heaven, and the now-married pair has been looking for deals ever since. “We try to find deals on everything, whether we’re...

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