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Talking about tech for freezing weather on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we bundled up in our winter coats and discussed some of the tech implications of the freezing temperatures we had this week. What are some of the best tech-infused ice scrapers, should you get a remote...

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Austin’s Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3D, takes $1 million WeWork Creator prize

An Austin entrepreneur whose company has been focused on industrial 3D printers for emerging countries, won a $1 million award Wednesday night. Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3D, was one of two $1 million winners at the WeWork Creator Awards Global...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Apple and Amazon HQ2 talk, layoffs at Snap and the post-headphone-jack era is fragmented

Happy Friday, Austin! You survived a massive snowstorm that wasn’t this week. But can you make it to the weekend. We believe in you! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following right now: To HQ2 or not to HQ2?  It’s been a busy week for Austin...

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After Amazon names Austin among finalists for second headquarters, what’s next? 

Online retail giant Amazon.com confirmed Thursday what many economists and business analysts have predicted for months: Austin remains in the running for one of the richest economic development deals in U.S. history. Riding its hipster vibe and high-tech...

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Austin on short list for Amazon’s second headquarters 

Amazon announced Thursday that Austin made its short list of 20 cities that could become the site of the retail giant’s planned second headquarters project. Dallas was the only other Texas city that made the cut. "We are pleased that the Austin region...

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Comparing Austin’s competition for Amazon’s HQ2

Here’s a look at how the finalists for  Amazon’s “HQ2” second headquarters project compare in a variety of categories, from economics to education. (Use the tool at the bottom to scroll through the table.) Notes: * This list does not include data...

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Home Run: Austin-based Petros PACE scores $10M in deal led by Alex Rodriguez

Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and his investment firm are the lead investors in a $10 million funding round for Austin-based Petros PACE Finance. Petros provides long-term PACE financing to U.S. commercial property owners seeking to increase...

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Forget Amazon. Could Austin be home to Apple’s new HQ2? 

Turns out Amazon isn’t the only tech giant looking to create a second headquarters.  Apple, which already has a significant presence in Austin, said Wednesday that it wants to spend as much as $30 billion on a brand new corporate campus and additions...

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Lawsuit filed against AMD over security flaws 

A law firm has filed suit against Advanced Micro Devices after researchers found security flaws affecting products by AMD and other computer chipmakers.  The complaint, which seeks class action status, was filed by the Rosen Law Firm and in U.S....

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Whole Foods products boosted Amazon's online grocery sales last year, report finds

Amazon’s purchase of Austin-based Whole Foods Market last year is already bolstering the online retailer’s sale of groceries, according to a new report.  Sales of Whole Foods’ store brand, called 365 Everyday Value, helped sales on Amazon’s line of...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Congress to probe Hawaii missile message, and Apple supplier denies charge of unsafe factory conditions  

The U.S. Congress is looking into the erroneous mistake by Hawaii officials last weekend On Saturday, Hawaii officials sent out an emergency message to residents’ smartphones that warned of an incoming ballistic missile. The message sent panic throughout...

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Wintry weather tests Austin’s telecommuting abilities

As Tuesday’s wintry weather hit, a number of Central Texas workers heeded warnings to stay off icy, slick roads and remain at home – but that didn’t mean they all got the day off from work. In today’s high-tech, always-connected world, telecommuting...

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Is Austin finally on radar of East and West Coast VCs? New numbers suggest it is.

Is Austin finally on the radar of East and West Coast venture capitalists? A new survey suggests the answer is yes. At least 24 Austin startups raised rounds of $10 million or more in 2017, according to a MoneyTree report by PricewaterhouseCoopers...

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'Austin Remembers: MLK’ app uses augmented-reality tech ahead of 2017 celebration (updated for 2018)

Update, Jan. 14, 2018: Last year, we wrote about “Austin Remembers: MLK,” an app available for iOS and Android that uses augmented reality. The app this year is being re-released and more locations have been added, including The George Washington...

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PAX South returns, brings plenty of cosplay, tourneys and retro thrills for fourth year

In its fourth year in San Antonio, the big PAX South gaming convention continues to be one of the key gathering places for fans of video games and tabletop gaming in the region. Along with SXSW Gaming, Classic Games Fest and RTX, it’s one of the few...

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Talking with Texas Standard about why Hauwei’s struggling with wireless carriers in the U.S.

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the news that the Chinese gadget maker Huawei lost a partnership with AT&T to bring a flagship product to the U.S. with that wireless carrier. Why is the government concerned about...

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Friday Tech Crawl: feed changes for Facebook, a Dropbox IPO, GM wants to drop steering wheels (in test cars) and ‘Star Wars’ pencil music

Happy Friday, folks! Here’s some of the tech news we’re following this morning: Facebook wants you to spend more time with family and friends We know we’ve been saying this for a while, but Facebook is really, really serious about changing the news...

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Uber made policy changes for drivers. Did they actually help? 

For the past half-year, San Francisco-based ride-hailing company Uber has been trying to mend what at times has been a strained relationship with its drivers. After years of complaints from drivers that the company was not adequately supporting them...

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After Bitcoin surges, Texas regulators start to scrutinize virtual currency offers

The skyrocketing value of Bitcoin and the launch of several new virtual currencies in recent months has attracted a wave of new investors and speculators.  It has also attracted the eye of federal and state securities regulators across the country...

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