Welcome to Tuesday, the day AFTER the Great Eclipse.
Here are some of the tech headlines we're following today.
Powerball on your phone
With the current jackpot at an eye-popping $650 million, there's lots of interest in Powerball right now. If waiting in lines isn't your thing, starting today Texans can buy tickets using their smartphones via the Lottery.com app. The app also allows users to scan tickets to see if they've won, among other features. A survey commissioned by Lottery.com found that 60 of Americans said they'd use an app to buy lottery tickets, if one was available.
Say hello to Oreo
The next Android update has a tasty name: Oreo. Oreo is expected to make its debut this fall, The Associated Press says. From AP: "Oreo boasts several new features, including the ability to respond to notifications directly on a phone's home screen and the ability to access apps without installing them on a device."
FedEx same-day service arrives
FedEx SameDay City, the new same-day delivery option from FedEx, has been expanded to Austin and San Antonio. FedEx customers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston already have access to the courier service. Priority service is offered seven days a week, with deliveries often being made within two hours of pickup. Standard service allows commercial deliveries to be picked up as late as 1 p.m., while residential deliveries can be picked up as late as 4 p.m., with promised delivery by the end of the day. Nationwide, FedEx SameDay City is now offered in more than 25 markets.
YouTube TV in Austin
Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of Austin’s CBS affiliate, has signed a deal that will add its stations nationwide to YouTube TV, YouTube’s streaming TV service. A timeline for when CBS Austin will join YouTube TV, one of a growing number of web-based cable TV competitors, hasn’t been announced. As part of the deal, YouTube TV will also carry the Tennis Channel, a cable network owned by Sinclair. Nationwide, Sinclair currently owns – or is in the process of acquiring – stations in 108 TV markets.
Check back throughout the day for more tech updates from Austin and beyond.
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