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Would you buy a $5,800 refrigerator? Check out Samsung's 'smart' fridge that comes with TV, Internet

Remember when the main purpose of a refrigerator was to keep your perishables cold?  Those were quaint times.  As we first mentioned in Thursday's 512tech morning tech crawl, Samsung has recently come out with a $5,800 refrigerator called the "Family...

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512talk Edition 5: How the tech slowdown is affecting Austin and Slack on the brain

This week on 512talk, we did a little experimenting with Facebook Live. Visit our Facebook page and let us know if you'd like us to do Q&As for future 512talk episodes.

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The One-Question Interview: Jason Polka, CEO and founder of Modernize

Jason Polka started Modernize, an online marketing company focused on the home improvement industry, about ten years ago in  Oakland, Calif. After an investment from Jim Waltrip, who at the time was running Austin-based All Web Leads and is now Modernize's...

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What the tech industry's slowdown means for Austin

Recently I wrote about the dreary headlines dominating the tech world these days.  Companies like Intel are announcing major layoffs, while other large tech employers, like Apple and Microsoft, are watching their stock prices plummet.  So what does...

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Austin-based Luminex sees revenue, profit rise in 1st quarter

LUMINEX WHAT THEY DO: Luminex develops biological testing systems. Their testing systems allow a tiny sample of blood to be tested for dozens of biological markers. It can be used for gene-based research and diagnostics.  The company was founded in...

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Dell reveals what new name will be after merger with EMC

After Dell Inc. closes its purchase of EMC Corp. the combined company will have a new name: Dell Technologies.  Dell Inc. founder and CEO Michael Dell will announce the name as part of a speech he is delivering at EMC World today that will be attended...

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Rampant layoffs, declining revenues and profits. What's wrong with the tech industry?

The tech headlines these days are a dreary drumbeat of mostly bad news.   Intel announced this month it is laying off 12,000 workers worldwide. Dell Inc. cut 10,000 jobs last fiscal year. Advanced Micro Devices said late last year it would lay off...

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512tech Recommends: How to get a job in tech, Women Who Code and an Open Austin hack night

Welcome to 512tech Recommends! Every week we comb through the various tech meetups, hackathons, demos, open houses and other tech events happening in our Austin's tech scene and tell you which ones are Google-calendar worthy. Facebook + GA Present...

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AMD sells majority stake in Asian assembly, testing operations

Advanced Micro Devices has officially closed a deal selling a majority of its interests in two of its Asian manufacturing operations for $371 million. The deal was previously announced in October.   The California-based chipmanker will spin out its...

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Samsung Gear VR and other virtual reality we're checking out

Reporters Lori Hawkins, Omar L. Gallaga and Lilly Rockwell try out the Samsung Gear VR and some Google Cardboard-compatible virtual reality apps and discuss in our weekly 512talk video segment.

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