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National Instruments sees profit, sales increase in first quarter

National Instruments reported sales of $300 million in its first quarter, up 5 percent from the previous year. The Austin-based company also reported a profit of $18.1 million, or 14 cents a share, nearly doubling the company’s earnings from last...

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Tech Crawl: Tech industry and Trump agree on taxes

It’s earnings season, which means we’re getting our quarterly glimpse at how tech companies are performing financially. Here’s what companies are reporting, plus other top tech news: Tech industry and Trump agree on taxes The tech industry hasn’t...

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Austin-based Silicon Labs posts double-digit revenue and profit growth

The Internet of Things continues to boost sales at Silicon Labs.  The Austin-based chipmaker reported $179 million in revenue for its fiscal first quarter, which ended April 1. That is a 10.5 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago. But...

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Five Austin-based apps that can make your life easier

Austin might not be the headquarters of app juggernauts like Uber or Instacart, but there are plenty of hometown-developed apps targeted toward consumers.  These apps aiming to solve problems like finding the right babysitter or getting a meal delivered...

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What happened when we tested Comparably’s new tech salary tool

A California-based company called Comparably is trying to drum up publicity today for its new “fair pay” reporting tool. The idea is you put in your department, job title and zip code and it spits back an estimated salary. They don’t ask for years...

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For the second time in a year, Austin-based tech firm Spanning Cloud Apps has a new owner

An Austin company that was acquired by Dell Technologies as part of the acquisition with EMC Corp. has a new owner. Spanning Cloud Apps has been acquired by Insight Venture Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm, for an undisclosed sum...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook sees its future in AR, and announces a new VR platform

It’s Wednesday, Austin, and that means we’re halfway to the weekend. Today’s tech news is dominated by news coming out of Facebook’s F8 developer conference. Facebook details how smartphones will fuel an augmented reality future On Tuesday, Facebook...

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Trump’s ‘Hire American’ H-1B visa policies could impact Austin-area tech companies

As word leaked out Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s executive order, which authorizes further study of a government program that allows U.S. companies to hire foreign workers, Austin companies said they were hoping the administration would hear...

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Are the robots going to kill us all? That and other questions for Rob High, chief technology officer of IBM’s Watson AI platform

Rob High is the chief technology officer of IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform. He’s also based out of IBM’s Austin offices.  We talked to him last week about the changes artificial intelligence might bring to our lives.  512tech: What...

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As tech firms aim for diversity, the going is slow

For three years, Dell Inc. has issued statistics on the number of women and racial minorities the company employs as part of its annual “Legacy of Good” report. Like a lot of tech companies, these numbers show that Dell’s workforce is overwhelmingly...

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