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TV rating measurements are trying to catch up with U.S. viewing habits

A reader from Loganville, Georgia named Jim asks, “Is there any way they (satellite company, broadcaster, advertiser) can know what TV show I am watching? I believe NOT! How are TV ratings derived?” The short answer is that increasingly, yes, satellite...

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‘Super Mario Odyssey’ brings Mario back in 3-D, ‘Wolfenstein II’ out to defeat Nazis again

New video games out this week: “Super Mario Odyssey.” (Out Friday) It’s-a-him! Mario! Back for perhaps the most-anticipated game of the year, at least if you own a Nintendo Switch. It’s a successor to the classic “Super Mario 64,” a 3-D adventure...

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Rejected Austin proposals to attract Amazon’s HQ2

They say that there’s no such thing as a bad idea. But what if saying that in the first place was itself a bad idea? In the rush to meet the deadline to attract Amazon’s second headquarters and its 50,000 employees for the so-called “HQ2” project...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Tech giants forming pro-DACA coalition, Stitch Fix’s IPO and sexual harassment allegations against Robert Scoble

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading about this morning: DACA lobbying group is coming Reuters says it has uncovered documents showing that at least 20 tech companies are forming a pro-Dreamers lobbying group to push...

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Talking about the massive Wi-Fi KRACK vulnerability with Texas Standard

This week on the Texas Standard radio program, we checked in on the Wi-Fi vulnerability that’s currently rocking the tech world, “KRACK,” a problem that affects the vast majority of Internet-connected devices and that could take a very long time to...

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These three websites will scare you silly for Halloween

You could go see a scary movie or terrify yourself by simply viewing the day’s headlines, but why not enjoy some more old-fashioned creepy vibes from the nearest web browser? Here are three sites you may have missed that will get you in the Halloween...

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More human than ‘Humans,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ concludes with the hope of big ideas

Like a lot of television shows that go on to do great things, AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” started off a little rough.  Its first season, which debuted in June 2014 a few months after screening at South by Southwest, was a fictionalized account of...

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St. Gabriel’s Catholic School students learn about augmented reality with Google Expeditions

Students at St. Gabriel's Catholic School in Austin learned about augmented reality as part of Google's Expeditions Augmented Reality Pioneer Program on Monday, October 16, 2017. They learned how to use AR to bring virtual 3-D objects into the classroom...

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Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies buys $10 million stake in Austin’s Certain Affinity game studio

Austin indie video game studio Certain Affinity  -- the company behind a successful reboot of  “DOOM” and a player on the “Halo” and “Call of Duty” franchises -- said Monday that it has landed a new investor. Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies Holdings...

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South by Southwest releases list of more than 700 panels, adds two-day blockchain series

South by Southwest has announced the bulk of its March 2018 programming in a panel drop Monday, adding a two-day series of blockchain-related panels and more spread over 24 different tracks. The blockchain programming, focused on the tech behind cryptocurrencies...

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