Happy safe Friday to you, Austin. As we prepare for some heavy rain from Hurricane Harvey, please be careful on the roads and mindful of weather warnings, especially if you end up anywhere near the gulf coast. Here are some tech stories we’re following today:
Hurricane Harvey approaches
In Austin, it’s likely any tech events happening might be postponed or canceled due to heavy rains and flooding, so keep an eye on those Facebook invites and be aware before you head out anywhere in bad weather. For its part, wireless company Sprint announced it’s ready for the hurricane, activating its Emergency Response Team and AT&T is offering backup cell phone batteries at a discount in its stores. You can expect other tech companies and tech-related retailers will be doing the same. Airbnb is offering free accommodations for evacuees, for instance. If you have flights this weekend, here are some tips on how to re-book. Grab the Statesman weather app for live updates and alerts. And here’s a list of some weather cancellations that we’ll keep updating. And Matthew Odam has a list of things you should order from UberEats if you’re stuck inside. And here are eight webcams you can follow for the storm. Complete coverage here.
A verdict in Samsung corruption case
Samsung is riding high on positive advance reviews for its new Note 8 device, but it’s also dealing with the conviction of heir Lee Jae-yong, who was convicted Friday of bribery and embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison. The ruling was something of a surprise; South Korea typically deals light sentences for business crimes, according to the New York Times. The case alleged that Lee and other former executives paid $6.4 million in bribes.
Tim Cook in town
Apple CEO Tim Cook is visiting Austin Friday to announce a new educational partnership with Austin Community College. You can check out Lori Hawkins’ story and follow updates through the day on the 512tech Twitter account. Apple has been making other news today with word that a new 4k-capable Apple TV is in the works for September and that its new top-of-the-line iPhone could cost $999. It is also building a data center in Iowa.
More ‘Black Mirror’ on the way
If you’re as scared as you are fascinated by tech, you should be watching the brilliant anthology series “Black Mirror” on Netflix. A teaser for a new fourth season of six episodes was posted Friday morning. We can’t wait.
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