Hardware/IT

Austin’s Cirrus Logic releases hardware to bring Amazon’s Alexa to more devices

Austin-based tech company Cirrus Logic has released what it says is the baseline for a series of products that work with Amazon’s increasingly popular Alexa voice-control system. Its Voice Capture Development Kit for Amazon AVS (Alexa Voice Service)...

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Does a sticky note really shield you from webcam hacks?

It’s been called a low-tech solution to a high-tech problem: putting a sticker or Post-It note over a laptop’s webcam lens is one way to stop unwanted spying from potential hackers (and, perhaps, government agencies). Sound paranoid? It’s a fix that even...

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What does a tech industry analyst do, anyway? Take an inside at one of these little-known industry influencers

Imagine a job where the latest tech devices and gadgets arrive at your doorstep — for free. You regularly fly to cities like London, Las Vegas and San Francisco, where half the time your hotel room is paid for by tech companies and so is the food...

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3M reaches deal to sell its 156-acre Austin campus

Materials company 3M told its employees on Wednesday that it has reached a deal to sell its Austin campus and that employees will be moved to a new building off Parmer Lane in Northeast Austin.  Austin-based World Class Capital, a private investment...

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What do microprocessor generations even mean?

If you’ve shopped for a desktop or laptop computer, you might remember seeing a description of the machine’s speed and power expressed in terms of the generation of the processor working as its brains. But what does the generation of a processor from...

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Can AMD compete with Intel? AMD’s stock soars as it jumps back into profitable chip server market

Standing on a stage at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts,  Lisa Su beamed down at the invite-only audience as she announced the long-awaited news that Advanced Micro Devices was elbowing its way back into the profitable server business...

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Dell: Progress slow as it aims to increase number of women, people of color in workforce

Dell Technologies hasn’t made significant progress in increasing the number of women and people of color that it employs, according to its latest report on the diversity of its workforce.  The Round Rock-based company said on the second-to-last page...

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Your broken Mac’s not old and unfixable, it’s ‘Vintage’ (and unfixable)

My 2011 MacBook Pro died suddenly as I was in the middle of editing some photos for work. The workhorse machine has been a great companion, but it was the subject of a recall for faulty graphics cards and already had its innards replaced once. Now...

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Dell reports stronger PC sales in its first quarter

Dell Technologies said Thursday that sales stemming from its PC division grew by 6 percent, to $9.1 billion, in its fiscal first quarter.  Though Round Rock-based Dell Technologies is now a tech conglomerate that sells a lot more than computers, the...

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Want to create a podcast but don’t have the budget for expensive audio equipment? Enter Adam Curry.

Podcaster Adam Curry has been on a quest for over a decade to create the perfect podcasting device.  Curry, who rose to fame as an MTV host in the 1980s and 1990s, now lives in Austin. He’s spent the last 13 years producing various podcasts, including...

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