Software & Apps

Austin-based Umbel spinoff Pilosa is pushing its big-data indexing at this week’s OSCON

The law of “Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” states that the bigger things get, the slower they typically are. Bloated summer movie sequels. Dinosaurs. A two-hour sermon.  The same is true of so-called “Big Data,” enormous sets of information increasingly...

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Austin courier Dropoff raises millions to break into dozens of new markets

Austin courier service Dropoff has collected $8.5 million to speed its entrance into new cities and ramp up hiring, the company said Monday. Dropoff, which launched in 2014, offers same-day delivery services for businesses using online tools for ordering...

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Austin’s Bitfusion raises $5M, unveils its deep learning and AI platform

Austin-based tech company Bitfusion has raised $5 million for expansion and is unveiling its new deep learning and artificial intelligence platform. Bitfusion is developing technology that promises to boost application performance by orders of magnitude...

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Five Austin-based apps that can make your life easier

Austin might not be the headquarters of app juggernauts like Uber or Instacart, but there are plenty of hometown-developed apps targeted toward consumers.  These apps aiming to solve problems like finding the right babysitter or getting a meal delivered...

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Faces transform via neural network with popular ‘FaceApp’

For better or for worse, a lot of us have gotten used to selfie face filters in apps such as Snapchat and Facebook Messenger that can add silly extremes to our photos and videos, such as sticking a unicorn horn on our head or turning us into superheroes...

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Austin global intelligence firm Stratfor introduces new digital platform

A year ago, software executive Dave Sikora took the helm of Austin-based Stratfor with the goal of expanding the global intelligence company’s digital content offerings. On Tuesday, the company is unveiling the results: A new platform called Worldview...

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Talking about ‘Feature creep’ and bloated apps with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about a recent 512tech Digital Savant Micro about Facebook Messenger, and how it’s getting pumped up full of (perhaps unnecessary) new features that have nothing to do with chat. It’s a discussion...

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360-degree photos on offer in new Austin-made ‘Hangar360’ drone app

Hangar, an Austin software company that last year raised $6.5 million to develop software and attract new customers, has just released an app for creating 360-degree photos that can be shot from consumer drones. “Hangar 360” for iOS  is a free app...

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For the second time in a year, Austin-based tech firm Spanning Cloud Apps has a new owner

An Austin company that was acquired by Dell Technologies as part of the acquisition with EMC Corp. has a new owner. Spanning Cloud Apps has been acquired by Insight Venture Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm, for an undisclosed sum...

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It’s not your imagination: Facebook Messenger is suffering from ‘Feature creep’

Is it just me or is Facebook Messenger feeling a little cluttered lately? (Answer: it’s not just me.) The chat app, which Facebook says is used by 1.2 billion people every month, has gone from a simple piece of software for talking to Facebook friends...

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