Good morning, Austin. Over at 512tech we’re still recovering from seven (!) days of covering SXSW Interactive, which will soon become just SXSW.
Meanwhile, here’s what is happening in the tech world outside of Austin:
Electronic devices larger than a cell phone banned on certain flights
Several media outlets are reporting this morning that passengers flying into the United States from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries are barred from carrying electronic devices larger than a cell phone.
Those devices must be checked. The New York Times reports that this new flight restriction was enacted Tuesday by the Trump administration. Restricted items include laptop computers, tablets and cameras. But these restrictions don’t apply to aircraft crews.
Tech company offers $10K for employees to leave the San Francisco area
Workplace automation firm Zapier is offering its employees $10,000 to leave San Francisco. Here’s the interesting part: Zapier doesn’t even have a real office in the city, as all of its employees work remotely.
Nevertheless, CEO Wade Foster said he’s concerned about employees who are struggling to get buy in the pricey Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He wants to give employees money to offset moving expenses, calling it a de-location package. The only catch is they have to agree to work for Zapier for at least another year.
Apple’s working on a bunch of secretive AR project
Apple has launched an “ambitious bid” to bring artificial intelligence technology to the masses, according to Bloomberg.
The report names who is in charge of this effort at Apple, a list that includes engineers who worked on virtual reality products, as well as “digital effects wizards” from Hollywood, according to Bloomberg.
The only specific project mentioned in the Bloomberg report were “digital spectacles,” that connect to an iPhone and beam content, such as movies or maps, to the person wearing them.
Hmm...it all sounds a little bit like what Google Glass was trying to achieve.
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