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Talking about ethics in tech (there probably should be some) with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the problematic issues that can arise when we race forward with new technologies, namely ethical concerns that some in the industry don’t always think through. Should tech firms make...

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How Austin’s Cirrus Logic is getting into the voice biometrics business

After two years of development work, Austin’s Cirrus Logic is poised to release a new chip and software tools that will allow tech companies to install voice biometrics on their devices.  This means that smart home devices, mobile phones and other...

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Management shakeup at Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies said on Friday that the head of its IT infrastructure division, David Goulden, has resigned. Jeff Clarke, who heads up the company’s PC division, is going to assume responsibility for both divisions. “Having one leader over both...

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In Harvey’s wake, tough task of recovering data and getting it back online has begun

Kelly Klodzinski, owner of flooring store Floor Care & Interior in the East Texas town of Lumberton, did not have flood insurance when Hurricane Harvey destroyed his business. “It had never flooded here in over 100 years,” Klodzinski said. “It...

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Keep your eye on refresh rates if you’re shopping for monitors or HDTVs

If you’re ever been staring blearily at a computer screen, blinked your eyes sleepily as you yawned and noticed the screen momentarily flickering weirdly, you may have caught a glimpse of what’s known as the “Refresh rate.” On screens, refresh rate...

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Dell reports sales of $19.3 billion in company’s 2nd quarter

On the anniversary of its purchase of data storage giant EMC Corp., Dell Technologies on Thursday reported sales of $19.3 billion for its fiscal second quarter.  The company’s revenue grew 8 percent from the previous quarter.  The sales growth was...

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For high-tech city, Austin ranks fairly low in use of industrial robots

Earlier this month at Samsung’s semiconductor plant in North Austin, Vice President of Fab Engineering Michael Raiford was showing a group of state officials a large room where software chips are made when he referenced to the room’s past: The dozens...

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Apple accepting Hurricane Harvey donations through iTunes

To help raise money for Hurricane Harvey storm relief efforts, Apple has established a way to make donations to the American Red Cross through iTunes. Only iTunes customers in the United States will be able to donate in increments starting at $5 all...

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Apple’s Tim Cook visits Austin, and tech community swoons

OMG! Tim Cook is coming. The breathless excitement over Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to Austin tech incubator Capital Factory was palpable on Friday morning.  This was big. Maybe even bigger than that time President Barack Obama stopped by because this...

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As Apple continues its booming growth in Austin, CEO Tim Cook pays a visit

As Apple Inc. continues its booming expansion in Austin, CEO Tim Cook is paying a visit on Friday to meet with employees and local entrepreneurs and to announce a new education partnership. Cook will start the day at tech accelerator Capital Factory...

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