Hardware/IT

Do other Central Texas employers encourage their staff to work from home?

Short answer: not to the extent that Dell does.  We contacted several major Central Texas employers to find out if they emphasized working from home as much as Dell, which has a goal of having 50 percent of its workforce working remotely by 2020. ...

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Why Dell encourages its employees to work from home

Six years ago, Brittany Podolak packed up her personal photos, file folders and computer and gave up her cubicle at Dell Inc.'s Round Rock headquarters.  Taking advantage of Dell's then-new emphasis on allowing employees to work from home, Podolak...

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NXP confirms layoffs at its Austin facilities this week

NXP Semiconductors is conducting layoffs this week at its Austin operations, the chipmaker confirmed Tuesday. "I can confirm that as part of running the day-to-day business operations, due to the difficult market landscape and continuing efforts to...

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Dell sells software group; deal reportedly valued at $2 billion

Round Rock-based Dell Inc. is selling its software group, part of an effort to sell assets to prepare for its acquisition of data storage company EMC Corp.  Reuters is reporting that the deal to buy Dell Software Group is valued at more than $2 billion...

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How the Internet of Things will change cities

Austin is playing host to the "Smart Cities Innovation Summit" this week, a gathering of primarily city IT specialists and companies such as Intel and AT&T.  We attended a "fireside chat" on Tuesday morning hosted by Silicon Labs CEO Tyson Tuttle...

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Good news for AMD: more flavors of Xbox coming 

In a busy week of tech and gaming news, it's Microsoft, not Apple, that is introducing new hardware.  At the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft on Monday debuted the Xbox One S, a redesigned version of its flagship console, 40 percent...

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It's real: Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey to speak at RTX 2016

This year's RTX 2016 event, a massive gaming conference hosted by Rooster Teeth on July 1-3, is about to get a lot more virtual. Palmer Luckey, inventor of Oculus Rift and founder of Oculus VR, will be a keynote panelist at noon, July 1, at RTX and...

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EMC sets date for shareholders' vote on Dell deal

EMC Corp. will ask shareholders to approve Dell Inc.'s takeover bid on July 19, according to a Monday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The special meeting of shareholders will take place at 10 a.m. at EMC's headquarters in...

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Are we over tablets?

Tablet sales growth has been on the decline for several years now. And a new report published Thursday by research firm International Data Corporation predicts this trend will continue.  Worldwide tablet shipments are going to decline in 2016 by the...

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UT computing center plans new supercomputer, unveils expansion

Another enormous supercomputer is coming to Austin.   The National Science Foundation said Thursday that it has awarded $30 million to the University of Texas’ Texas Advanced Computing Center for Stampede 2, a huge new computing system to be built...

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