Can VR overcome its challenges to go mainstream? I have some doubts

A few weeks ago, I got an email offering me a download code to review a virtual reality game called “Gunship Battle2 VR” for a the Samsung Gear VR. Last year, I had purchased a Gear VR, a headset that costs about $50-$99 and works with Samsung phones...

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Samsung turns to local high schools to fill manufacturing jobs at its Austin plant

On Saturday mornings, 19-year-old Anthony Deary sets his alarm for 5 a.m. He’s out the door of his Round Rock house an hour later, headed toward Samsung’s hulking 2.3 million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Northeast Austin to work a 12-hour...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook takes on LinkedIn with job listings, and Snap gears up for a $3.2 billion IPO. Plus, Austin’s Q2 stock soars after it beats the Street.

Good morning, Austin! We have scanned the internet to bring you the latest in tech news. Here’s what’s going on: Facebook takes on LinkedIn with job listings It just got easier to apply for a job online. Facebook is entering the job market by letting...

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Austin job site Indeed doubles down on Dublin with plans to add 500 jobs

Indeed, the Austin-based Internet job search company, is doubling down on Dublin, Ireland, with plans to add 500 jobs there. The company said Wednesday it will add the jobs over the next two years. The Dublin office is the company’s headquarters...

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Austin’s uShip lands $25 million for expansion push

Last week, Austin online shipping company uShip named a new CEO. This week, the company announced it has landed $25 million for a new expansion push. The company said Wednesday it received the funding in a deal lead by DB Schenker, one of the world’s...

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What’s the deal with that ‘Halo Wars 2’ mural in downtown Austin?

If you’ve been near West 5th Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin this week, you might have noticed a new piece of street art sporting a Snapchat code and a strange creature. The creature is Atriox from the “Halo” universe. The mural is there...

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How to save photos and other data on a dying iPad

A reader, Shanon, asks: “After reading your article regarding iPhone holding a charge, I wanted to ask you about same issue for my iPad. A few weeks ago, my iPad started losing battery power very quickly. I would work on it while keeping it plugged...

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Yahoo issues new warning of potential email account breach

Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016, the latest development in the internet company's investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users' data several years ago. Yahoo confirmed...

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Austin startup wants to end fake news - and fake everything else - on the internet

A new Austin startup wants to put an end to fake news, fake profiles and “alternative facts” online. Authenticated Reality launched its product, a browser called “The New Internet,” in private beta testing this week. The browser essentially sits on...

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SXSW gets more transparent about its politics in 2017

On Jan. 29, a Sunday night, South by Southwest issued a statement about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, specifically a controversial executive order limiting travel put into effect two days earlier. “SXSW is alarmed by the Trump administration’s...

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‘For Honor,’ ‘Sniper Elite 4’ bring the action this week in new games

New video games out this week: “For Honor.” Ubisoft swings for the fences (and people’s heads) with this visceral war game focused on melee combat among three warrior factions: knights, vikings and samurai. The game features a story campaign as well...

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Austin’s RetailMeNot beats the Street, and its stock soars

Shares of online coupon company RetailMeNot soared on Tuesday after the company beat Wall Street expectations in the fourth quarter. RetailMeNot reported fourth-quarter net income of $2.4 million. On a per-share basis, the company posted a profit...

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Tech Crawl: Google staffers leave self-driving car project because they were paid too much

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We’ve scoured the Internet to find the latest tech news for you to consume right now: Google’s car project suffering because staffers were paid too much money Bloomberg reports that Google keeps losing senior staffers...

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Senators try to speed up deployment of self-driving cars

WASHINGTON — In the first major congressional attempt to address the advent of self-driving cars, two senators said Monday they're launching a bipartisan effort to help to speed up the deployment of the vehicles on the nation's roads. Republican John...

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Tech crawl: Passenger-carrying drones and new features from Google Maps

Happy Monday, Austin. Hope your weekend was a good one.As you settle into the work week, here’s a look at some of the technology stories building a buzz around the Interwebs this morning: Passenger carrying drones? Yes, please! In Dubai, government...

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Bots 101: What you need to know about chatbots, AI and digital assistants

If you follow technology trends, you could be forgiven for having “bots” on the brain. It’s a word that over the past year or so has become ubiquitous, not unlike “The Cloud” or “The Internet of Things” in past years. Bots, it sounds like, will help...

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What is a ‘Full stack developer?’

One of the buzzwords over the last few years in the world of tech hiring has been “Full stack developer,” a kind of catch-all phrase that can mean “we want a person who can do it all.” But what does “Full stack” actually mean, outside of a tall order...

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Austin-based Forcepoint acquires Skyfence in cloud security deal

Austin-based cybersecurity company Forcepoint has acquired Skyfence, a division of California-based data security software company Imperva. Skyfence is a cloud access security broker – which is software or piece of technology that functions as a gatekeeper...

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Rackspace nixes plans to move to ACC Highland campus on former Highland mall site

San Antonio-based Rackspace has nixed plans to move more than 500 employees into Austin Community College’s Highland campus, formerly the Highland Mall site in North Austin. Rackspace — a cloud hosting company — had announced plans to open its offices...

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