On Texas tour,  U.S. producers aim to reshape view of modern manufacturing

The National Association of Manufacturers kicked off its annual State of Manufacturing tour Wednesday in Round Rock, seeking to capitalize on a friendly atmosphere in Washington and refashion the perception of American factory jobs and what’s happened...

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How a Hollywood celebrity convinced Dell Technologies to use recycled ocean plastics in its computer packaging

This is a story about how a Hollywood celebrity convinced Dell Technologies to start using recycled ocean plastics in its computer packaging.  Really. Two years ago, Dell hired actor Adrien Grenier to be its “social good advocate,” which means he...

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Austin startup data.world brings in $19 million to build out ‘social network for data people’

Austin startup data.world came out of stealth mode last July to tell its story. The company, founded by a team of Austin tech veterans, revealed it was building a social network geared toward helping data scientists connect and share collections...

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Austin’s Health Symmetric aims to help health care providers analyze patient data

Danny Chu was looking for something to do.  He had sold his internet video company in 2008 and was scouring around for ideas of what his next venture might be.  Chu’s brother, who ran a large medical group in Southern California, asked Chu to look...

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Tech crawl: Some ugly allegations against Uber, and a new way to buy Snap Spectacles

Happy President’s Day, 512tech fans.  Hope you are enjoying the holiday -- or, if you are working like us, that the workday goes smoothly for you. To ease you in, here’s a look at some of the tech-related stories making news and generating buzz around...

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Tech Crawl: Apple TV evolving too slowly, Facebook shifts to social good and Samsung exec arrested

Happy Friday, Austin! Let’s gear up for the weekend with some TGIF tech stories, shall we? Apple TV to get 4K, but why so late? Bloomberg reports frustration at Apple in its Apple TV team, which, as one source says, was supposed to be a revolution...

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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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How covering niche sports with die-hard fans is paying off for Austin’s FloSports

Six months ago, digital sports media startup FloSports raised $21.2 million to expand coverage of niche sports for die-hard fans. Now the company -- which provides online sites for sports that don’t typically get network coverage -- is putting that...

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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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