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Friday Tech Crawl: watchdogs target FCC and Sinclair, Google removes ‘View Image’ option and does holding up your phone do anything for reception?

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching early today: Investigation targets FCC and Sinclair Broadcasting The New York Times is reporting that the committee that oversees the Federal Communications Commission launched...

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Talking with Texas Standard about high-tech ways to watch the Winter Olympics

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about new ways to watch the Winter Olympics, including viewing broadcasts in 4K quality and getting a virtual-reality view of the sports. Unfortunately, there are lots of hoops to jump through...

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Ads showing up on your phone unexpectedly? Try these tips

A friend of mine using an Android phone recently found that some apps, particularly social media ones, were starting up with full-screen ads attached and displaying more ads when she quit out of them. The problem started when she did a recent update...

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SXSW: One month out, 2018 edition is taking shape

Here it comes. In less than a month, downtown Austin will again be transformed and foot-trafficked into exhaustion when South by Southwest begins on March 9. How many people will there be?  Last year, SXSW conference events attracted 70,696 attendees...

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Venture capitalist Peter Thiel cancels on SXSW panel talk

Peter Thiel, the controversial Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist, has canceled a scheduled appearance at this year’s South by Southwest. Thiel was scheduled to appear at 5 p.m. March 10 on a panel titled, “Conspiracy?! Peter Thiel...

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Five lessons from successful Roblox game developer Andrew Bereza

Andrew Bereza, an 18-year-old student at the University of Washington, had more success as a game developer before he got to college than many who’ve spent their entire careers working in the industry. He started early, playing on the popular gaming-for-kids...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook testing downvote button, Amazon may get into business shipping and watching Winter Olympics online 

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning: Will Facebook start a war with “Downvote” button? Controversy erupted on social media Thursday on reports that Facebook is testing out a button allowing users...

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Talking to Texas Standard about what’s new with self-driving cars

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we’re revisiting a popular topic: how soon will self-driving vehicles be here for us to buy and board in our daily lives? The answer... not just yet! But perhaps soon. We look at power-consumption challenges...

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Sorry, gamers: cryptocurrencies have ruined the market for high-end graphics hardware 

Woe to the builder of a new gaming PC or a gamer who’s been saving their money to buy a new, high-end graphics card this year. The market, to put it bluntly, is as we say in Spanish, el crappo for buyers as the price of high-end video hardware has...

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With $20 million raised, makers of ‘Crowfall’ want to give demanding gamers what they’ve been missing

About five years ago, two guys who had worked in the Austin video games industry for a very long time and who were at separate companies decided to leave their jobs at roughly the same time. J. Todd Coleman was creative director at KingsIsle Entertainment...

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