03/08 Morning Tech Crawl

Michael Dell gives the keynote address at the Dell World conference in the Austin Convention Center on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.


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Michael Dell gives the keynote address at the Dell World conference in the Austin Convention Center on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Good morning, Austin. Here's a look at some of the stories generating buzz around the technology world this morning:

Dell deal?

Various technology media outlets are reporting that Round Rock-based Dell Inc. is closing in on a deal to sell its IT services business unit Perot Systems to Japanese telecom giant NTT for $3.5 billion. There's been talk for months that Dell -- the largest private employer in Central Texas -- would sell off some of its major assets to lower debt load ahead of its planned $67 billion buyout of EMC Corp. Look for more about this on 512Tech.com as the day goes on.

Hands-free paying?

Google is trying an experimental program that would let smartphone users check out at stores without ever taking their phones out of their pockets. The new system is being tested in San Francisco.

An iPhone killer?

Reviewers at Business Insider say Samsung's newest phones are whipping the iPhone in one key area.