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Lexar’s Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Reader is an example of a memory card reader. It sells for about $35.

Micro: can a card-reader device hold data?

A reader asks whether a memory card-reading device can be used to store files on its own.

Ari Horie, founder and CEO of Women's Startup Lab, speaks at SXSW V2V on Monday at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Let it ride: SXSW V2V plugs along in second Vegas year

More intimate SXSW Interactive festival appears to hold steady in attendance and content for year two.

Janice Friesen helps Rosie Hill Darby with a website at Friesen’s home. Friesen owns a small business, I’m Not A Geek, to assist people on minor and major tech problems.

Column: tech helper demystifies the digital

An Austin business owner uses her teaching experience to help people with their tech problems.

"Abyss Odyssey" is a new downloadable dungeon crawl/action game from Chilean indie game studio ACE Team. It's available for Windows PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

'Abyss Odyssey,' 'Magic' update new in games this week

Indie game "Abyss Odyssey" and a "Magic: The Gathering" annual update lead this week's video game releases.

D-Link’s PowerLine AV500 Network Kit is an example of a product that can create a wired connection for a streaming video device without stringing cables across a house.

Micro: how do you fix a balky Netflix stream?

A reader asks whether slow Internet could be causing streaming problems for Netflix.

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo's head of gaming John Vaskis, right, presents Rooster Teeth co-founder and creative director Burnie Burns, center, and RTX co-director Gus Sorola with Indiegogo's “Most Funded Film” award belt at the gaming and internet-focused RTX convention on Sunday.  Rooster Teeth's first feature film project "Lazer Team" broke the record to become the most-funded film campaign in Indiegogo history.

Sights, sounds and crowdfunding goals at RTX 2014

The annual RTX convention draws more than 30,000, film project sets Indiegogo record.

Gayathri Swaminathan, who works for Rackspace Inc. in Austin, delivers a presentation at a Women Who Code meetup about a home automation project she developed. The presentation was party of a study time hosted at Rackspace at their Austin offices on June 19.

Column: women-in-tech groups growing in Austin

Groups in Austin to train and support women in technology fields have had strong growth in the last year, organizers say.

"Sniper Elite III" is a World War II action game that takes place in North Africa. It's available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One systems.

'Sniper Elite III' and portable 'Child of Light' new in games

This week's new releases include "Sniper Elite III" and a PlayStation Vita version of "Child of Light" in video games.

Dave Burke, director of engineering at Android, left, speaks about Android TV during the Google I/O 2014 keynote presentation in San Francisco, on Wednesday. As the Internet giant's Android operating system stretches into cars, homes and smartwatches, this year's annual confab will expand on its usual focus on smartphones and tablets.

Micro: Google tries television again with Android TV

Google rolls out new TV software (again?) at its I/O developer conference along with other innovations that take Android to new places.

Michael Gorman, editor of Engadget, demos local company Chaotic Moon’s virtual reality game, “Death From Above,” during Engadget Live at the Austin Music Hall on Friday.

Column: what you missed at Engadget Live on Friday

A touring expo makes its first stop and Austin startups steal the show with virtual reality and new takes on old spirits.

"Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" is an action game partly inspired by the movie, "Transformers: Age of Extinction." It's available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game systems.

'Transformers' and 'Xblaze Code' among new game releases

New "Transformers" game and "BlazBlue" prequel "Xblaze Code: Embryo" are new in game releases this week.

A new set of about 250 emoji, icon characters that have become popular in texting, are being released. Users may begin using them as soon as July.

Micro: hey texting addicts, get ready for 250 new emoji characters

By as early as July, texting addicts may have new emoji options.

Racial remarks by Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling drew a predictable stream of vitriolic criticism on social media services such as Twitter.

Column: quick-tempered social media is all the rage

We're quick to anger on social media, but much slower to apologize or put things in their proper context.

“EA Sports UFC” is a next-generation fighting game from the team behind the boxing franchise “Fight Night.” It’s available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles.

'UFC' and 'Pushmo World' new in games this week

EA Sports brings its first "UFC" game to next-gen consoles while Wii U gets "Pushmo World" this week.

Nintendo amiibo characters are on display at the Nintendo booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 10 in Los Angeles.

Micro: Nintendo toys with figures with new 'amiibo'

A set of about 10 interactive toy figures will debut by the end of the year, says Nintendo.

Tweetdeck attacked, Twitter media universe in apocalyptic free-fall

A web vulnerability has opened up some versions of the social media app Tweetdeck to attack with malicious retweets.

“Port of Call,” a spooky video game designed by six University of Texas students as a capstone project in the Game and Mobile Media Applications program. The game is one of five selected for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo College Game Competition, being held this week.

Column: 'Port of Call' from UT team to show at E3

In this week's column, we take a look at "Port of Call," an atmospheric game created by a team at UT that will be shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week.

“Enemy Front” is a World War II-themed game recreating historic battles. It’s out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PCs.

'Enemy Front,' "Train Your Dragon 2' new in light week of game releases

The gory WWII shooter "Enemy Front" and an adaptation of the upcoming "How to Train your Dragon 2" movie are new in video game releases this week.

Craig Federighi, vice president of software engineering at Apple Inc., delivers a keynote address during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 2. Apple unveiled new features for its mobile and computer software, including “Handoff,” which allows tasks started on one device to be completed on another.

Micro: will Apple's 'Handoff' simplify device juggling?

A feature due this fall promises to bring some flexibility for those who own multiple Apple devices.

Mike Langford created a home video studio for his startup business finservMarketing for about $500, not counting a Canon camera he uses to shoot photos and videos. He says good sound and lighting are important even for amateur-quality projects.

Column: building a home production studio for under $500

This week's Digital Savant column offers tips for setting up a photo, audio or video studio on a tight budget.

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