Hardware/IT

How a Hollywood celebrity convinced Dell Technologies to use recycled ocean plastics in its computer packaging

This is a story about how a Hollywood celebrity convinced Dell Technologies to start using recycled ocean plastics in its computer packaging.  Really. Two years ago, Dell hired actor Adrien Grenier to be its “social good advocate,” which means he...

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Samsung turns to local high schools to fill manufacturing jobs at its Austin plant

On Saturday mornings, 19-year-old Anthony Deary sets his alarm for 5 a.m. He’s out the door of his Round Rock house an hour later, headed toward Samsung’s hulking 2.3 million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Northeast Austin to work a 12-hour...

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Rackspace cutting 6 percent of its U.S. workforce and more overseas

Rackspace Hosting, which was acquired three months ago by a New York private equity firm, will cut six percent of its U.S. workforce, the company said Tuesday. The layoffs will affect at least 275 employees of its more than 4,600 U.S. employees...

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Austin’s Cirrus Logic beats Wall Street expectations in the third quarter, but shares slide

Cirrus Logic beat Wall Street expectations in its fiscal third quarter, but shares of the chipmaker fell more than 8 percent in after-hours trading. Earnings were announced after markets closed. Shares of the Austin-based company slid 8.69 percent...

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Silicon Labs posts record revenue, beats Wall Street estimates on profit

Fueled in large part by growth in its “Internet of Things” products, Silicon Labs reported record revenue in its fourth quarter of $183 million, a 14 percent increase from a year ago.  The company also reported profit of $20 million, almost quadruple...

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AMD grows revenue in 2016 and narrows loss as it prepares to launch a slew of new products

The good news continues for Advanced Micro Devices. Sales of graphics processors and game consoles helped the chipmaker grow its fourth-quarter revenue by 15 percent to $1.1 billion, the company said Tuesday.  AMD also reported a fourth-quarter loss...

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Unlike some tech companies, Dell isn’t publicly criticizing the Trump travel ban

Tech companies began criticizing President Donald Trump’s travel ban over the weekend, with Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple all issuing statements against it. And then there’s Dell Technologies.  Chief executive and founder Michael Dell sent...

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National Instruments plans headcount reduction, will lose some positions through attrition

Austin-based National Instruments Corp. says that it plans to lower its number of employees this year in a move the company calls a “headcount reduction.” The announcement comes on the heels of a sales slowdown for the company in its fourth quarter...

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A former Dell executive talks about how an education intervention changed his life -- and led to his career in tech. 

Austinite Nnamdi Orakwue grew up in what he likes to call “Spike Lee’s Brooklyn,” the son of working-class immigrants from Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago. He ended up in Austin after traveling the world with IBM Corp. thanks to a too-good-to-pass-up...

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Dell: A trade war is ‘mutually-assured destruction’

Michael Dell said on Thursday that a trade war with China or any other countries would be “mutually-assured destruction,” in response to a question about president-elect Donald Trump’s tax policies. In a televised interview in Davos, Switzerland on...

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