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Austin’s Accruent continues buying spree with two more acquisitions

Austin-based Accruent, which has been on a two-year buying spree, has snapped up two more companies. The software maker said it has acquired EMS Software, based in Centennial, Colo., and Maintenance Connection, based in Davis, Calif. Financial terms...

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Former Stratfor CEO David Sikora launches Austin blockchain security firm, ALTR

In another indication that Austin’s roster of blockchain-related startups is growing quickly, a new firm with about 25 employees, $15 million in funding and an enviable roster of software-veteran advisors, has come out of stealth mode to launch today...

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EMC deal helping boost Dell’s revenue 

Dell Technologies’ decision to buy data storage giant EMC Corp. is proving a boost to the Round Rock-based tech giant’s revenue.  Dell on Monday reported 19 percent year-over-year revenue growth for its fiscal first quarter, with revenue increasing...

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Spire Studio samples music-studio magic in deceptively simple package

There are all kinds of ways that technology has improved the process of creating and consuming audio over the past 20 years. Wireless headphones, easier sound editing, streaming music services and the built-in recording capabilities of smart phones...

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CapMetro testing first-mile, last-mile program with RideAustin

In the future, transportation experts have said, mobility systems could be connected by a multipronged approach that moves people from their front door to their destination through a variety of connected services. That future will soon be tested in...

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Talking about Amazon’s facial-recognition technology with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed the sudden publicity Amazon has on its hands with “Rekognition,” a facial-recognition software that the company has apparently been selling to law-enforcement agencies. You can hear the segment...

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Study: Americans worried about AI and its impact on data security  

You’ve heard it before. Artificial intelligence is here to take your jobs and steal your privacy. With the advent of facial recognition technology in products like iPhones, and recent data breaches at major companies such as Facebook, concern over...

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Really cool and a bit of drool: Wearing a VR headset while soaring in an iFly wind tunnel 

If you are someone who has dreamed all your life of having the gift of flight — of soaring up in the air in unlawful defiance of gravity — here’s the thing you don’t want to think about the moment your wish is granted: drool. That was what was at...

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Austin AI startup Ojo Labs raises $20.5 million for product development

Ojo Labs, which is using artificial intelligence to connect businesses to consumers, has raised $20.5 million to roll out its products. The Austin-based startup received the funding from investors in industries it is targeting: real estate, finance...

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Talking about Google’s creepy Duplex voice technology on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed Google’s recent artificial intelligence voice technology, “Duplex,” which has some in the tech industry freaked out by its natural-sounding speech for booking appointments. Does Google...

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