Fifty years in, IBM is still shaping Austin’s tech sector

On a sizzling summer day on July 31, 1967, a small crowd of Austin politicians and news media ducked inside a brand-new IBM manufacturing plant in far North Austin to watch a Selectric Composer typewriter roll down the assembly line for the first...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: It’s the end of Flash

Adobe will stop updating and distributing Flash in 2020 Adobe will phase out its Flash plugin, which is used to display videos and other graphics, by the end of 2020. TechCrunch reports that Adobe will stop updating and distributing the software in...

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AMD’s shares soar as company shows more signs of a turnaround

The verdict is in: A business turnaround strategy first developed years ago is working for Advanced Micro Devices.  AMD on Tuesday reported that thanks to healthy sales of its new graphics and computer processors, its for the second quarter sales...

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Austin losing coding school, as Iron Yard says it’s closing its doors

National coding school Iron Yard said Thursday that it will shut down all of its operations, including its Austin campus. In a statement posted on its website, Iron Yard said that “the industry as a whole is still young and its leaders face the challenge...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Google rolls out its version of news feed

Happy Wednesday, everyone. There’s lots of new product launches today. Let’s get into it: Google is trying to be more like Facebook and rolls out a news feed Google on Wednesday updated its free Google app for iPhones and Android phones with a “feed”...

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IBM: We will reconsider our commitment to Texas if a bathroom bill passes

The Texas Legislature is once again gathering in Austin, this time for a special session. One of the most controversial topics is the so-called “bathroom bills,” which regulate which restrooms transgender people can use.  Tech companies have come...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Tech companies rally in support of net neutrality

Tech companies rally in support of net neutrality Companies like Google and Facebook, as well as Austin-based HomeAway, which is owned by Expedia, are rallying today in support of an Obama-era policy called net neutrality. As The Verge explains, the...

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Austin tech industry gears up to fight the bathroom bill

Austin’s tech industry is preparing to battle the Texas Legislature during its upcoming special session over bills that require transgender people use certain bathrooms, saying such proposals would make it difficult to recruit and retain talent in...

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Launching in Austin: Buy and sell cars through your smartphone

Want to sell your car? Just take a picture.  That’s the promise from a new app from Denver-based Blinker,  which allows users to buy or sell a car using their smartphone.  Blinker handles everything, from providing estimated values to financing purchases...

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Take the 512tech Tech Industry Survey

Hey, tech people. We want to know more about you. For the second year in a row, we are conducting a major survey of Austin’s tech industry. Our goal is to gather demographic and salary data on Austin’s tech industry, one of the fastest-growing and...

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