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How one tech startup is using cameras to help blind people ‘see’

Belinda Lane slipped on a Google Glass headset, put her white cane in her right hand and started walking. Lane, who is blind, was testing an app called Aira that uses the Glass headset to help blind people navigate their surroundings.  While Lane...

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As code schools gain in popularity, the University of Texas hopes to mimic their success

A few months ago, Patrick Holtzman was slinging drinks at Lucy’s Friend Chicken as a bartender. But with a baby on the way, Holtzman, 29, started searching for a new career, something that would offer more stability and allow him to use his creative...

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Austinites really, really like to work from home, census data show

More people are working from home in the Austin area than any other major U.S. cities, according to recently-released Census Bureau data.  Nearly 9 percent of people ages 16 and up with jobs in the Austin area telecommute, the data shows. The national...

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Cybersecurity firm Jask opens an Austin office

A San Francisco-based cybersecurity startup is opening an office in Austin, where it plans to hire as many as 50 people. Jask develops software that helps security analysts do their jobs by using artificial intelligence to monitor the network.  “A...

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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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My week as a part of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk army

Mark Zuckerberg was being interviewed about the early days of Facebook, and I — metaphorically speaking — had my ear to the door, listening to every word. I don’t know where this interview took place, when it happened, or how it got into the hands...

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Report: Semiconductor sales growth highest in three years

Sales from the semiconductor revenue reached $101.4 billion in the second quarter, up over 6 percent over the year before, according to IHS Markit research. These figures were first reported by industry publication Digitimes. This is the highest...

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How the city’s innovation fellows program is applying private-sector design thinking to public sector problems

Austin Resource Recovery had a problem. The city department responsible for collecting waste and recycling had set a goal of reaching “zero waste,” which means keeping nearly all materials out of the landfills, by 2040. But it wasn’t going very well...

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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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