Happy Friday, Austin. Before you slip off into the weekend, here's a look at some of the stories generating buzz around the tech world today.
Awaiting word on Dell-EMC deal
Like many of you, we're on standby, awaiting word on whether today will be the day that Dell Inc. completes its $60 billion-plus takeover of EMC Corp. There's been no official word yet from the leadership at Round Rock-based Dell, but there are published reports from the New York Post, among others, that the deal has received its final approval from China's regulators and that things could be finalized today. Earlier in the week, Dell Inc. officials told 512tech only that the deal "remains on track and is expected to be competed under the original terms before the end of October.”
For those who might have forgotten: Dell Inc. – the largest private employer in Central Texas -- first announced it was buying EMC Corp. last October.
Dell Inc., which has struggled as PC sales have declined, wants to be a major IT provider for businesses. Michael Dell helped take the company private in 2013, with the financial help of Silver Lake Partners.
The decision to buy EMC, and its line of data storage hardware, is key to Dell Inc.'s quest to become a stronger supplier of advance information technology hardware.
Part of the EMC package is data software company VMware, an EMC subsidiary that many analysts considered an important part of the EMC transaction.
Dell Inc.'s parent company, Denali Holding Inc., will pay EMC shareholders $24.05 a share. Part of the deal also includes shares of a tracking stock that is connected to VMware's share price.
At any rate, for now we wait for word that the deal has been done.
Will Internet of Things result in 'superhumans'?
An interesting piece over at Tech Crunch addresses some of the more thorny issues spawned by the booming Internet of Things: the question of transhumanism, or using technology to enhance our intellectual, physical and psychological capacities. The piece, written by Scott Amyx, argues the following: "Every element of human physiology — the senses, organs (including the brain), skeleton and muscles — will be enhanced. These improvements will be primarily driven by advances in wearables and the Internet of Things." It's a thought-provoking piece that asks the question: "What will we become when we evolve through technology?"
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