Good morning, Austin, and Happy Back to School Day! We've scoured the Web to bring you the buzziest tech news from the weekend.
Silicon Valley Republicans are ignoring Donald Trump
Donald Trump has done very little to build relationships with the tech companies in Silicon Valley. As a result, Silicon Valley Republicans aren't pouring money into his campaign, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Trump not only doesn't talk about tech issues much on the campaign, but he also has taken positions that the tech community generally disagrees with, such as tougher limits on trade, or his stance on immigration.
Peter Thiel, the billionaire who co-founded PayPal, is the most prominent Republican to support Trump. But even he hasn't donated to Trump and doesn't have plans to do fundraising for him, the Journal notes.
Silicon Valley Republicans have mostly focused their energies on down-ballot races, the Journal reports.
Sony unveils plan for new PlayStation 4 models
Next month Sony Corp. will unveil not one but two versions of its PlayStation 4 video game console, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The company will have a "standard" model and a high-end version. The Journal quotes an analyst saying he believed the standard model would be slimmer and less expensive than the current $350 model.
Sony is trying to attract both hard-core fans and casual gamers with the two models. A news conference is expected Sept. 7.
Samsung will launch refurbished phone program
The South Korean company is looking for ways to sustain its earnings momentum, Reuters reports. The company will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users who signed up for a one-year upgrade.
Samsung would then sell these phones at a lower price point.
Silicon Valley companies increasingly expanding to other cities
The New York Times reports on something Austinites are already quite familiar with: Silicon Valley startups are expanding to other cities because it's more affordable to live there than the Bay Area.
Much of the Times article focuses on Phoenix, which has become a popular city for tech firms to open offices given that its a 90-minute flight from San Francisco.
But there were some interesting statistics in the article related to Austin. For instance, Austin had the third-biggest gain in technology jobs in the country between 2010 and 2015.
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