Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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The year of yes for holiday tech gifts

Most years, when I look at the gadgets and devices on offer for Black Friday sales and the push into Christmas, there are clear winners and losers: stuff that would make great gifts depending on your budget, and stuff you should clearly avoid. For...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: What experts got wrong about Bitcoin, Apple’s new Texas investment and threading added to Twitter 

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning: We were wrong, Bitcoin It takes a strong columnist to admit they were completely wrong, but that’s what business writer Kevin Roose is doing over at the...

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‘PUBG’ finally arrives on a game console, ‘Fallout 4’ goes VR

New video games out this week: “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Game Preview Edition.” The incredibly popular PC game, a “Hunger Games”-like battle royal that has sold 20 million copies, finally arrives on a game console. The game contains graphical...

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Talking about ways to protect kids online with Texas Standard 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about some strategies for keeping kids safe online, especially in light of recent problems on YouTube with adult-themed videos targeted at kids. You can find the segment, which includes resources...

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Friday Tech Crawl: snow day, yes, but also a HomeKit security issue, a hot Bitcoin app and living in Amazon’s bubble

Who cares about tech news, it snowed in Austin last night, can you believe it!? You can? You still want some tech news, rounded up? All right, fine, but we’re going out and making a snowman after this. HomeKit oopsie turns into update and limited...

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With free ‘Wander’ project, artists want you to choose your own downtown Austin adventure

One of the joys of the old “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, popular in the 1980s and 1990s, was the dead ends. In the series of books, flipping to a page to continue the story could result in your character’s death. But you could always backtrack...

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Rear-view cameras and other new-car features you can add to older vehicles

If you’ve been coveting some of the tech features you’d typically find in newer cars but you’re determined to hang on to an older vehicle you love, you can split the difference with some smart aftermarket upgrades. For instance, I get a lot of use...

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‘Steep: Winter Games Edition’ and a bigly-packaged ‘Dead Rising 4’ for PS4 are new in games

Video games out this week “Steep: Winter Games Edition.” Hey, it’s getting a little chilly, is that putting you in the mood for some winter sports? This package includes the original snowboarding/skiing, etc. game “Steep” in addition to “Road to the...

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Friday Tech Crawl: new features for Alexa and Google Home, Disney suing Redbox and crying Nintendo kid still crying

Happy Friday, everybody! Here are some tech stories we’re following on this first day of December(!).  Smart speakers, new features The race to make smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home more useful continues as both Amazon and Google...

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Talking about delays with Space-X’s Boca Chica spaceport with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about the Space-X spaceport in South Texas, which is not yet operational despite being announced in 2014. You can read more about it in this story by Bob Sechler, who uncovered some of the reasons...

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