Apple expands operations in Austin, builds new campus

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Apple has plans to further expand its operations in Austin, Texas—with it comes plans to invest US$1 billion to build a new campus in North Austin. The 133-acre campus will accommodate an initial addition of 5,000 employees but with the capacity to accommodate up to 15,000—making Apple the largest private employer in Austin. Apple will be creating new jobs in the area with functions ranging from engineering, R&D, operations, sales, customer support, to finance. At 6,200 people, Austin is already considered to have the largest population of Apple employees outside of Cupertino. The company added 6,000 jobs in the US this year and now employs 90,000 people across America. Apple is on track to meet its goal of creating 20,000 jobs in the US by 2023.

Apple plans to grow its employee base in regions across the US over the next three years, expanding to over 1,000 employees in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City each, and adding hundreds of new jobs in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Boston, and Portland, Oregon. The company also plans to invest US$10 billion in US data centers over the next five years. The data centers in North Carolina, Arizona, and Nevada are currently being expanded.


Amazon Fire TV gets SEGA Classics games

If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic and want to play some classic SEGA games, all you need is an Amazon Fire TV and you’re good to go. Amazon just launched the SEGA Classics bundle, which includes 25 of the most popular games on the SEGA Genesis platform like Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, The Revenge of Shinobi, to name a few. Fire TV customers just need their remotes or use a compatible Bluetooth controller. Get in on the family fun as there are 15 multiplayer games included in this bundle. The SEGA Classics bundle goes for $19.99.


Taylor Swift brings reputation Stadium Tour to Netflix

You may or may not have made Taylor Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour, but you get to see the show through the power of streaming. Netflix will be streaming the last show of the tour’s U.S. leg on New Year’s Eve, December 31. As Netflix describes it, “This epic concert film features pyro, fireworks, multiple stages, and, of course, a 63 foot cobra named Karyn.” Better tell all the Swifties in your life. Who are we kidding though? They probably already know and have the date marked by now.


Chrome OS to enable drawing on PDF documents using Pixel Pen or mouse

Chrome OS is evolving to accept inking and pen input to PDFs using a Pixel pen or a mouse. This extends the functionality of Chrome OS specially for people who need to mark up text for annotating, sharing or editing PDFs. For devices without touchscreens, the mouse or trackpad will allow the input. 

Source: 9to5Google

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