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Digital Savant column -- who are my "Real" friends on Facebook? http://tech.blog.austin360.com/2016/02/08/column-who-are-my-real-friends-on-facebook/
The scientific study, released last month in Royal Society Open Science, made great fodder for tech blogs that enjoy delivering bad news to jaded readers. In some form or fashion, the gist was this: All those...
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Digital Savant blog: photos from PAX South 2016! Had a great time and here are some of the pics I took over the weekend all collected in a little gallery #paxsouth2016

http://tech.blog.austin360.com/2016/02/02/photos-from-pax-south-2016/
On Friday and Sunday, I had a chance to visit PAX South 2016, the second edition of Penny Arcade's huge videogame-and-geekery expo in San Antonio. Like last year's event, it brought feel-good vibes to video-game fans, tabletop gamers and, of course, cosplay enthusiasts. Here's a few photos from the weekend. (Click on any of the image for the slideshow.) All photos credit: Omar L. Gallaga / AMERICAN-STATESMAN ...
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New episode of #StatesmanShots featuring +Austin Samba School plus reporter Nancy Flores on the adult coloring book craze! Plus Joe Gross on the new "Suicide Squad" trailer and more!

http://statesmanshots.blog.statesman.com/2016/01/28/statesman-shots-96-austin-samba-and-adult-coloring-books/
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First of three short stories, "The Uber of... " -- this one is about The Uber of... roommate hunting - +LeaseBuddies  
If you're a startup these days, especially if your company idea has anything to do with the so-called "Sharing economy" (put strangers together for fun a profit!) it doesn't hurt to associate yourself with the big gorilla in the space, Uber, the...
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New video games out this week: “Lego Marvel’s Avengers.” More than 100 characters, from Hulk and Captain America to lesser-known heroes and villains from the Marvel universe make up this Lego-fied adventure that mashes up...
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In today's +Austin American-Statesman: +Rooster Teeth's online empire expands to big screen with the company's first feature film, "Lazer Team" #lazerteam http://www.mystatesman.com/news/technology/rooster-teeth-expands-online-empire-to-theaters-wi/np5PB/
In a new movie hitting theaters next week, “Lazer Team,” a group of four highly regular guys achieve global fame through social media when it’s revealed they have special powers.
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http://statesmanshots.blog.statesman.com/2016/02/04/statesman-shots-97-wiley-wiggins-on-austins-indie-gaming-scene/

We're thrilled to welcome our guest for Ep. 97, Austin actor, game developer and all-around entertaining human +Wiley Wiggins!

He talks with Tolly and Omar about everything from being cast in Dazed and Confused to his work with Juegos Rancheros and Fantastic Arcade, helping to foster and promote Austin’s indie games We also talked about the relative value of our personal collections (none of us has $75,000 in “Magic” cards), emotional games such as That Dragon, Cancer. and, as always A Toast to thing we love this week including itch.io, Bitch Planet and Note to Self Radio. We also announce on the show an adult coloring contest we’ll be posting about tomorrow on the blog.

Come give a listen! If you just want the audio, you can find it on iTunes, Stitcher and the SoundCloud link below:

https://soundcloud.com/austinamericanstatesman/shots-97-wileywiggins
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Digital Savant Micro - Periscope and GoPro team up for live-video streaming atxne.ws/1nZFUGm 
Fans of the live-streaming service Periscope are suddenly getting a lot more action in their feeds. A new deal between the Twitter-owned app and GoPro will allow users of the action cameras to stream video from Black and Silver GoPro Hero4 cameras...
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And part 2 of my "Uber of..." series, this one is about a health app called Kinsa launching a new pilot program in Austin, Health Weather -- http://tech.blog.austin360.com/2016/01/28/the-uber-of-thermometer-based-health-tracking-kinsa/
This is the second of three profiles of Austin-based apps, services or pilot programs from startups that take advantage of the so-called sharing economy or crowdsourcing. You can read the first one, about LeaseBuddies, in a previous post. Look...
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This week's Digital Savant column is a profile of The Daily Dot, a continually growing website that covers the web the way a newspaper might cover its hometown. Many people may not even be aware that the site, which attracts about 11 to 14...
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The Uber of... roommate hunting: Austin's LeaseBuddies connects renters http://tech.blog.austin360.com/2016/01/27/the-uber-of-roommate-hunting-leasebuddies/

(this is the first of three "Uber of..." profiles I'm posting on the Digital Savant blog this week. Enjoy!)
If you're a startup these days, especially if your company idea has anything to do with the so-called "Sharing economy" (put strangers together for fun a profit!) it doesn't hurt to associate yourself with the big gorilla in the space, Uber, the...
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New in games this week: "Deadly Towers of Monsters," "Life is Strange" collection, more http://tech.blog.austin360.com/2016/01/19/deadly-tower-of-monsters-life-is-strange-collection-new-in-games/
New video games out this week: “The Deadly Tower of Monsters.” This b-movie inspired action game from Atlus plays with behind-the-scenes movie conventions. Rated T for Teen. $15 for Windows PC and PlayStation 4. “Life Is Strange.” The acclaimed time-jumping drama, which was originally released as five episodes, is collected and also available in a Limited Edition package. Rated M for Mature. $30-$40 for Xbox One, PC...
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