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How one tech startup is using cameras to help blind people ‘see’
 Belinda Lane slipped on a Google Glass headset, put her white cane in her right hand and started walking. Lane, who is blind, was testing an app called Aira that uses the Glass headset to help blind people navigate their surroundings.  While Lane walked the grounds of an Austin festival called White Cane Day a woman named Connie...

Posted: 2 days ago

Belinda Lane slipped on a Google Glass headset, put her white cane in her right hand and started walking. Lane, who is blind, was testing an app called Aira that uses the Glass headset to help blind people navigate their surroundings.  While Lane walked the grounds of an Austin festival called White Cane Day a woman named Connie...
Thursday Tech Crawl: Nielsen has figured out a way to track Netflix viewer data. And more tech news.
 How Nielsen is trying to track Netflix-watching data Nobody knows how many people are watching Netflix outside of Netflix. Television ratings powerhouse Nielsen is trying to change that. The company has announced they have found a way to determine Netflix viewership data. The New York Times reports that Nielsen won’t say exactly how...

Posted: 3 days ago

How Nielsen is trying to track Netflix-watching data Nobody knows how many people are watching Netflix outside of Netflix. Television ratings powerhouse Nielsen is trying to change that. The company has announced they have found a way to determine Netflix viewership data. The New York Times reports that Nielsen won’t say exactly how...
As code schools win fans, University of Texas gets in the game
 Two years ago, the University of Texas decided to get into a booming field in the tech industry: Coding schools. The university’s continuing education program is now offering tech boot camps. Coding boot camps have exploded in popularity in the past decade, and there are a half-dozen code schools operating in Austin. Private companies...

Posted: 8 days ago

Two years ago, the University of Texas decided to get into a booming field in the tech industry: Coding schools. The university’s continuing education program is now offering tech boot camps. Coding boot camps have exploded in popularity in the past decade, and there are a half-dozen code schools operating in Austin. Private companies...
As code schools gain in popularity, the University of Texas hopes to mimic their success
 A few months ago, Patrick Holtzman was slinging drinks at Lucy’s Friend Chicken as a bartender. But with a baby on the way, Holtzman, 29, started searching for a new career, something that would offer more stability and allow him to use his creative side. He decided to enroll in a coding boot camp. After researching the options in Austin...

Posted: 8 days ago

A few months ago, Patrick Holtzman was slinging drinks at Lucy’s Friend Chicken as a bartender. But with a baby on the way, Holtzman, 29, started searching for a new career, something that would offer more stability and allow him to use his creative side. He decided to enroll in a coding boot camp. After researching the options in Austin...
Friday Tech Crawl: Samsung predicts record profits, and its CEO resigns
 Samsung said on Friday it is expecting record operating profits for its September quarter. Its CEO also unexpectedly resigned, sending its shares down. CNBC reports that Samsung’s “booming semiconductor business” is a major driver of its earnings. There is a big Samsung chip manufacturing plant located in Austin. Amazon...

Posted: 9 days ago

Samsung said on Friday it is expecting record operating profits for its September quarter. Its CEO also unexpectedly resigned, sending its shares down. CNBC reports that Samsung’s “booming semiconductor business” is a major driver of its earnings. There is a big Samsung chip manufacturing plant located in Austin. Amazon...
Austinites really, really like to work from home, census data show
 More people are working from home in the Austin area than any other major U.S. cities, according to recently-released Census Bureau data.  Nearly 9 percent of people ages 16 and up with jobs in the Austin area telecommute, the data shows. The national average is 5 percent. In fact, Austin ranks highest for percentage of people who work...

Posted: 16 days ago

More people are working from home in the Austin area than any other major U.S. cities, according to recently-released Census Bureau data.  Nearly 9 percent of people ages 16 and up with jobs in the Austin area telecommute, the data shows. The national average is 5 percent. In fact, Austin ranks highest for percentage of people who work...
Thursday Tech Crawl: Google unveils its new hardware lineup
 Google unveils new hardware product lineup At an event in San Francisco, Google unveiled its next generation of the hardware devices it first introduced last year, including its Pixel smartphone and Google Home speaker.  Bloomberg noted that the Pixel is following the iPhone and will no longer have a headphone jack. Business Insider...

Posted: 17 days ago

Google unveils new hardware product lineup At an event in San Francisco, Google unveiled its next generation of the hardware devices it first introduced last year, including its Pixel smartphone and Google Home speaker.  Bloomberg noted that the Pixel is following the iPhone and will no longer have a headphone jack. Business Insider...
Dating app Bumble expands into business networking
 Watch out, LinkedIn. Austin-based tech startup Bumble launched a business networking tool on Monday called Bumble Bizz that brings its women-first approach to meeting people to the world of business professionals. This move by Bumble, which launched as a smartphone dating app in 2013, could present a big challenge to LinkedIn, which thus...

Posted: 20 days ago

Watch out, LinkedIn. Austin-based tech startup Bumble launched a business networking tool on Monday called Bumble Bizz that brings its women-first approach to meeting people to the world of business professionals. This move by Bumble, which launched as a smartphone dating app in 2013, could present a big challenge to LinkedIn, which thus...
Thursday Tech Crawl: Mark Zuckerberg responds to Trump
 Mark Zuckerberg defends role in election, responds to Trump After President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that Facebook is “anti-Trump,” Mark Zuckerberg went on Facebook to respond. Zuckerberg is Facebook’s founder and chief executive. The New York Times reports that Zuckerberg expressed regret for initially being dismissive...

Posted: 24 days ago

Mark Zuckerberg defends role in election, responds to Trump After President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that Facebook is “anti-Trump,” Mark Zuckerberg went on Facebook to respond. Zuckerberg is Facebook’s founder and chief executive. The New York Times reports that Zuckerberg expressed regret for initially being dismissive...
City’s culture led Siemens to pick Austin as home for digital services center
 Earlier this year, Siemens quietly started building a new digital services center for its building technology division in Austin, and the company announced this week that it has already hired nearly 130 workers for the center. Austin was picked by Siemens as the site for the digital center because of the available talent in the metro area...

Posted: 24 days ago

Earlier this year, Siemens quietly started building a new digital services center for its building technology division in Austin, and the company announced this week that it has already hired nearly 130 workers for the center. Austin was picked by Siemens as the site for the digital center because of the available talent in the metro area...
Dell Technologies hires new diversity chief
 Amid increasing scrutiny over diversity issues in the tech industry, Rond Rock-based Dell Technologies has created the new job title of chief diversity and inclusion officer, and appointed Brian Reaves to this position.  Reaves was previously a senior vice president and head of diversity and inclusion for software company SAP. In a statement...

Posted: 25 days ago

Amid increasing scrutiny over diversity issues in the tech industry, Rond Rock-based Dell Technologies has created the new job title of chief diversity and inclusion officer, and appointed Brian Reaves to this position.  Reaves was previously a senior vice president and head of diversity and inclusion for software company SAP. In a statement...