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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To push for more women, Dell aims to train men

Doug Hillary has spent nearly 20 years working for Dell Inc., where he eventually was promoted to lead the 1,000-person performance analytics group. Statistically speaking, 57-year-old Hillary has spent his career working alongside people who look...

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As tech firms aim for diversity, the going is slow

Despite increasing efforts, tech companies with major Austin operations are still struggling to recruit women, African-American and Hispanic workers, according to the companies’ own reports. The American- Statesman sought to attain workforce...

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How a team of Austin engineers are helping AMD challenge Intel

Sitting behind a locked enclosure at Fry’s Electronics in North Austin is a box that contains a brand-new computer processor called Ryzen. These processors, about the size of a poker chip, sell for between $330 and $500 and they are being marketed...

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Tech Crawl: Amazon will start streaming NFL games on Thursday nights

Happy Wednesday, everyone. We’ve scoured the internet to bring you the top tech stories: NFL reaches deal to stream Thursday night games on Amazon Amazon has reached a deal to stream 10 Thursday night games on Amazon, according to the Wall Street...

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Tech companies are offering lower salaries to women, new study shows

Employers routinely offer women lower salaries than men for the same tech jobs, according to a new study by jobs site Hired.com.  Their annual report, timed to come out on Equal Pay Day (which was Tuesday), found that 63 percent of the time men receive...

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