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'It's a colony': Why Texas won't take Silicon Valley's crown just yet

It didnt come as a huge surprise when Oracle Corp announced it was moving its headquarters from California to Texas last week.Austins tech hub is even dubbed the Silicon Hills a nod to where most tech companies got their start.There is a satellite system thats developing, Florida said, but the hub of technology and innovation in the United States is the San Francisco Bay Area.Startup data from 2018 shows that more than $81.8bn was invested over a two-year period in San Francisco.San Francisco and San Jose were ranked No 1 and 2 in investment per capita, according to a 2018 analysis by the Center for American Entrepreneurship, a research and advocacy organization. read more...

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'It just rolls off him:' Elon Musk appears immune to criticism as Tesla ignores the media

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was coming off a hectic 2018, in which he was criticized for smoking cannabis on a popular podcast.The approach seems to be working, she told CNN Business in an interview this month.CNN Business reached out to Tesla for comment for this story but did not receive a response.The society did not respond to a request for comment from CNN Business.CNN Business could not independently verify what agreements the beta testers have with Tesla, and if they include NDAs. read more...

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'I'm pleased it is being used for people's safety': QR code inventor relishes its role in tackling Covid

The eureka moment that helped Masahiro Hara perfect the Quick Response, or QR code, sprang from a lunchtime game of Go more than a quarter of a century ago.Once regarded as a minor inconvenience before the advent of camera-equipped smartphones, the humble QR code is now undergoing a renaissance during the coronavirus pandemic.The QR code is part of the NHS test-and-trace check-in system.For example, it could be possible for people to carry around their x-rays and cardiograms in QR code form.A vendor works behind QR payment codes at a market in Beijing.We dont receive a commission each time its used, Hara joked. read more...

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'Cyberpunk 2077' launched Thursday. PS4, Xbox One players are already spotting big tech issues

Thursday is supposed to be a joyous moment for video game players, with the arrival of the highly-anticipated video game "Cyberpunk 2077" on multiple platforms.However, some players are reporting significant technical issues with the game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One home consoles.A thread on Reddit in the cyberpunkgame subreddit with more than 10,000 comments details some of the big issues players have spotted, including textures taking a long time to load, blurriness, and signs showing "debug" text.:How to pick the right video game consoleAccording to video game site Polygon, citing livestreaming showing PS4 and Xbox One gameplay, the game crashed multiple times and experienced issues like freezing.Of course, many Twitter users have used the graphics troubles to poke fun at Cyberpunk, which had experienced several delays before its launch. read more...

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'Cyberpunk 2077' developers apologize for PS4, Xbox issues, says players can seek refunds

The developers of Cyberpunk 2077 apologized Monday for a series of bugs and crashes plaguing versions of the highly-anticipated video game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.In a statement posted on Twitter, studio CD Projekt Red said they are planning a series of updates to address technical problems on consoles.CD Projekt Red said players can get refunds directly from PlayStation or Xbox if they purchased the game digitally.'Cyberpunk 2077' launched Thursday:PS4, Xbox One players are already spotting big tech issuesConsumer guides:Tech Gift ideas for everyone in your holiday listCyberpunk 2077 launched last Thursday, in what was one of the biggest video game launches this year.However, players have shared countless technical issues with the game on social media, including crashes, blurriness, and temporary pauses in action. read more...

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'Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War' review: A spy game worthy of your time, regardless of your video game system

The newest installment in the Call of Duty video game series, "Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War" drops you into the fight on two fronts: the Vietnam War and 1980s clandestine conflicts between the U.S. and Soviet Union.That nerve-wracking mission within the security agency is only one of many mind games awaiting players in this highly-entertaining sequel to 2010s "Call of Duty: Black Ops.""Black Ops Cold War" makes you a bigger part of the team.And it wouldnt be a Call of Duty game without a twist or two."Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War," developed by Treyarch and Raven Software, doesnt simply soldier on for the multibillion-selling video game franchise. read more...

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'Call of Duty' writer: Video game takes place in the past, but questioning of truth rings of today

The legacy of 'Call of Duty: Black Ops'Released in 2010, "Call of Duty: Black Ops," is one of the top-selling video games of all time.Q: Tell us some more about the premise of "Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War."Goyer: To a certain extent, it is more of a direct sequel to the original Black Ops game.So if you think about what makes Black Ops Black Ops, its the idea that everyone has their own version of the truth.What do you think of "Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War"? read more...

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'Among Us' heading to Xbox in 2021, but you can get it now with Xbox Game Pass for PC

Fresh off launching for the Nintendo Switch, the hit game "Among Us" will embark on another new video game frontier: the Xbox.Studio Innersloth confirmed Thursday the multiplayer game will become available for Xbox consoles next year.However, if you are a subscriber to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service for PC, you can play now.The game is highly collaborative, as players call emergency meetings during a play session to determine which crew member is the impostor.More on 'Among Us':AOC, Ilhan Omar are fans of the popular video game. read more...

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'A stellar exit strategy for Slack': Salesforce to buy work chat service for $27.7 billion

Salesforce was also among the companies bidding to buy LinkedIn in 2016 before Microsoft snapped up the professional networking service for more than $26 billion in 2016."This is a stellar exit strategy for Slack," said Kate Leggett, an analyst at Forrester Research."Microsoft Teams is eating Slack's lunch.""The Zooms, the Slacks, the Microsoft Teams, that's going to be a new part of the workforce."Slack's office is in the shadow of the 62-story Salesforce Tower, the city's tallest building. read more...

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$250 billion wiped off Chinese tech stocks as Beijing signals crackdown

The plunge has wiped 756 billion Hong Kong dollars ($97 billion) off the market value of Alibaba, the e-commerce giant founded by billionaire Jack Ma.Rival JD.com has lost 201 billion Hong Kong dollars ($26 billion).Meituan, which offers services similar to Groupon and Yelp, and gaming company, have also shed billions of dollars in market value.Halley said he expects tech stocks to remain under pressure until the scale and scope of the new regulations becomes clearer.Baidu BIDU Last week, three government departments the market regulator, the internet regulator, and the state taxation administration called in 27 internet platforms to discuss regulating the online economy. read more...

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