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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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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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Austin’s Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3D, takes $1 million WeWork Creator prize

An Austin entrepreneur whose company has been focused on industrial 3D printers for emerging countries, won a $1 million award Wednesday night. Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3D, was one of two $1 million winners at the WeWork Creator Awards Global...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Apple and Amazon HQ2 talk, layoffs at Snap and the post-headphone-jack era is fragmented

Happy Friday, Austin! You survived a massive snowstorm that wasn’t this week. But can you make it to the weekend. We believe in you! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following right now: To HQ2 or not to HQ2?  It’s been a busy week for Austin...

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Recovering loved one’s data after death likely won’t be easy

A reader, Rick, asks, “A friend’s brother died suddenly. The family needs access to his iPhone and MacBook but have no idea what his passwords are. Is there a procedure to request Apple to unlock the devices? Is there a third party that can do this?”...

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‘Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition’ and ‘Kirby Battle Royale’ among the year’s first big new releases

New video games out this week: “Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.” For fighting fans, there’ll be enough tweaks, fine tuning, new modes and new/returning downloadable characters to make this a worth update to last year’s “SFV.” Best of all, if you...

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