Open Source

Welcome to Open Source, the American-Statesman’s premier technology news blog. Enjoy free and unlimited access.

Open Source

Monday Tech Crawl: Examining Apple’s bad week, and how Amazon influenced CVS and Aetna’s blockbuster deal 

Apple is coming off a bad week The tech giant had to address multiple bug issues with some of its devices this past week.  The problems began on Tuesday, when users running Apple’s macOS High Sierra operating system on their computers were informed...

Read More

Open Source

Friday Tech Crawl: new features for Alexa and Google Home, Disney suing Redbox and crying Nintendo kid still crying

Happy Friday, everybody! Here are some tech stories we’re following on this first day of December(!).  Smart speakers, new features The race to make smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home more useful continues as both Amazon and Google...

Read More

Open Source

Talking about delays with Space-X’s Boca Chica spaceport with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about the Space-X spaceport in South Texas, which is not yet operational despite being announced in 2014. You can read more about it in this story by Bob Sechler, who uncovered some of the reasons...

Read More

Open Source

Reader stuck in email purgatory wants another option

A reader, Gus, writes: “My current AT&T/Yahoo service is so terrible I almost despair at times. For example, sometimes when I have just turned my computer on and opened Internet Explorer, I get a pop-up message ‘Yahoo is not responding due to...

Read More

Open Source

Michael Dell: We’ve realized ‘revenue synergies’ from merger with EMC of a ‘few billion dollars’

Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell said during an interview at the Boston Harbor Hotel that after buying EMC Corp. for $58 billion in 2016, they have realized “revenue synergies” beyond what they expected. According to the Boston Business Journal...

Read More

Open Source

Want to buy AOL co-founder Marc Seriff’s Horseshoe Bay estate? It’s up for auction.

Want to buy the Horseshoe Bay estate owned by AOL co-founder Marc Seriff? The estate at 312 Wennmohs Place will sell to the highest bidder on Dec. 14 through global auction firm Concierge Auctions, which has offices in New York and Austin. The property...

Read More

Open Source

SXSW Gaming 2018 draws ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ creator Brendan Greene

The schedule for 2018’s South by Southwest Gaming event just got a lot more interesting. SXSW on Tuesday announced that Brendan Greene, the creator of the wildly successful mod-gone-mainstream shooter “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” will speak at...

Read More

Open Source

Virtual reality ‘DOOM’ and ‘Xenoblade Chronicles 2’ are new in games

New video games out this week: “DOOM VFR Edition.” After recently coming to the Nintendo Switch, the well-received reboot of Id Software’s “DOOM” now arrives as a virtual-reality game. Will it be scarier and just as fast-paced? Rated M for Mature...

Read More

Open Source

Tuesday Tech Crawl: SoftBank to buy Uber shares for 30 percent less than current value. Plus more tech news.

Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in technology news. Here’s what’s happening: SoftBank bids to buy Uber shares for 30% less than current value SoftBank and a group of investors are trying to buy a stake...

Read More

Open Source

Monday Tech Crawl: Cyber Monday arrives, and fewer Black Friday shoppers visit stores   

It’s Cyber Monday. What deals are out there? One of the largest shopping days of the year has arrived, and online retailers that include Amazon, Best Buy and Wal-Mart are offering multiple sales on their websites. Online publication Wired has compiled a...

Read More