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When Intel employees worked 50-hour weeks

In the early 1980s, Austin was a burgeoning hub for technology firms.  One of the handful of tech companies that had an Austin presence was Intel. Its Austin workforce focused on developing database-management software. But on January 12, 1982, Intel...

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Groundbreaking chip designer Ambiq Micro raises $2.5 million in debt financing

Ambiq Micro, which broke ground last year with its ultra-low-power chip, has raised $2.5 million in debt financing to continue its expansion.  The money is part of a planned $4.5 million offering, according securities filings. The name of the backer...

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AMD shows off its new line of 'Ryzen' computer processors

Inside a dark East Austin warehouse on Tuesday afternoon, several dozen gamers gathered around a small stage, eager for a first glimpse of Advanced Micro Devices' new computer processor.  Called "Ryzen," the processor line is four years in the making...

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Google spins off self-driving cars as Waymo, says first fully self-driving ride was in Austin

The Google X self-driving car project, which has made headlines in Austin as one of its major testing sites, is being spun into its own company called Waymo. The announcement came on Tuesday in an event out of Mountain View, California. The new company...

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Tech Crawl: Magic Leap's hype vs. reality, Breaking News shutting down, Spotify + SoundCloud a no-go

Happy Friday, Austin! Hope you have festive plans for the weekend. Here's some of the tech news we're reading about: Hype vs. reality at Magic Leap As many in the tech industry suspected, the mystery behind Florida-based mixed-reality company Magic...

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As Dell expands into servers and storage, PC business is boosting revenue

Dell Technologies has been trying to distance itself from its "legacy" hardware business of making PCs for years, focusing more on the fast-growing area of offering IT products and services to large corporate and government customers.  Buying data...

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Why privately owned Dell is about to publicly discuss its finances

Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell Technologies, likes to boast about how great it is to be privately controlled. No more 90-day shot clock. No more quarterly earnings reports. No more fretting over the gyrations of the company's share price. Dell went...

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This Day in Tech History: When Dell almost kept its HQ in Austin, instead of Round Rock

Dell Technologies' headquarters has been in Round Rock since 1994 -- save for a few years when the top executives relocated to West Austin. But there was a time in the early 1990s when Austin very much wanted to keep Dell within its city limits. On...

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Tech Crawl: Apple out of router business, how Trump victory may affect SXSW and Facebook's handling of flagged posts

Happy Monday of a short holiday week, folks! Here's some of the tech news that's happening while people jam the stores looking for boxes of stuffing: Apple disbanding AirPort After releasing its last update to its wireless router products in 2013...

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What's the deal with USB-C ports?

Apple is often forward-looking in its hardware designs, but some fans of the company feel it's gone too far on its newest laptops, eschewing all traditional ports (USB, HDMI, an SD camera slot) in favor of a relatively kind of connection, "USB-C."...

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