Happy Friday, Austin! You survived a massive snowstorm that wasn’t this week. But can you make it to the weekend. We believe in you! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following right now:
To HQ2 or not to HQ2?
It’s been a busy week for Austin speculators as Austin made the “Short” list of 20 cities under consideration for its massive 50,000-employee second headquarters project. The New York Times’ Dealbook took a look at some of the cities under consideration. And Recode has a chart comparing them all. But what about Apple, which is also looking to invest outside of Silicon Valley? According to Axiom’s Ina Fried, Apple will not be doing a massive expansion in California or Texas (it already has 6,000 employees in Austin alone). Apple’s plan is apparently not a second headquarters, definitely not on the scale of what Amazon is doing. As with anything Apple and Amazon do, remember: sometimes everybody’s wrong about their next move.
Oh Snap! Layoffs at social-media company
Former social-media darling Snap, the company behind Snapchat, has laid off about two dozen employees, apparently in its content division. The company’s CEO says he wants the company to do a better job scaling internally, but it looks as if hiring is slowing and the company is still trying to do better monetizing nearly a year after its disappointing IPO.
Lose the headphone jack, fragment the headphone market
The Verge has an interesting story about the mess that’s happening for headphone buyers as smartphone makers such as Apple are ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack connection. Sure, you could buy a wireless set of earbuds, but there’s even different wireless standards emerging and choices in connectors that are going to make buying a good set of cans confusing. Read the story to find out why.
Kahoot is still growing
Kahoot, an Oslo, Norway-based company with an office in Austin, is still growing at a good clip with 70 million unique users a month, and 50 percent of the K-12 student market in the U.S. The company makes fun-to-use quiz software that allows teachers and students (and increasingly, professionals) to create colorful quizzes in different formats.
Ever wonder how TV really works? Let Gavin from Rooster Teeth’s “The Slow Mo Guys” show you what happens when you slow down a TV display A LOT. Fascinating viewing:
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