Happy Friday! Here are some of the tech news stories and events we’re taking a glance at today:
WWDC: it’s coming
Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference starts Monday and while it is sometimes an occasion for the world’s biggest tech company to roll out new gadgets, analysts are expecting a more subdued presentation focused on software, and perhaps even using our electronics less. (SAY WHAAAAAT?) Yes, it’s true, according to Bloomberg, which suggests that Digital Health will be a focus of Apple’s big show, including a push to make us use our iPhones and other gadgets in less addictive ways. Also expect Apple to talk about its augmented reality software, improvements to iOS and Mac OS, and software updates for its Watch and Apple TV lines of hardware. So don’t expect new iPhones or Mac Pros next week.
Austin tech events this weekend
Two big ones you should know about: the annual ATX Hack for Change is happening starting today at St. Edward’s University. You can read a column from last year from event director Sarah Sharif on the importance of civic hackathons and catch a glimpse at some of the projects being worked on this year (hey, you might even want to participate and lend a hand)
You can see a fun video the group put together in advance of this year’s event:
The other big event happening is Dreamhack Austin 2018, a giant gaming event that goes from Friday to Sunday at the Austin Convention Center. Watch for a photo gallery from us soon and take a gander at some pictures from one of the previous Dreamhack gaming events in town.
The concert ticket service Ticketfly was taken offline Thursday after an apparent cyberhack attack. The site’s home page displayed the message, “Following a series of recent issues with Ticketfly properties, we've determined that Ticketfly has been the target of a cyber incident. Out of an abundance of caution, we have taken all Ticketfly systems temporarily offline as we continue to look into the issue. We are working to bring our systems back online as soon as possible. Please check back later. For information on specific events please check the social media accounts of the presenting venues/promoters to learn more about availability/status of upcoming shows. In many cases, shows are still happening and tickets may be available at the door.” Ticketfly handles tickets for Austin venues including Antone’s and ACL Live at the Moody Theater.
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