Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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Long-awaited 'The Last Guardian' finally finds its way to gamers

New video games out this week: “The Last Guardian.” This long-in-development adventure game from the makers of “Ico” and “Shadow of the Colossus” had been delayed and delayed again for years. Gamers will finally get their hands on what promises to...

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Reshaping the pipeline in tech hiring

Lest you think that diversity hiring in the tech industry — the idea that there should be a so-called “pipeline” of capable, diverse candidates to fill jobs — is a new concept, Colette Pierce Burnette is here to tell you differently. “I graduated...

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Talking with Texas Standard about whether you should upgrade your wireless router

This week on the Texas Standard radio show, we dived into whether you should consider upgrading your home Wi-Fi router, whether it's to invest in a mesh network such as Google Wifi or replace an aging device that's not keeping up with current standards...

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Tech Crawl: Avalanche crime group cracked, Twitter buys Yes, plus Austin by drone

Happy Friday, Austin! Here's some of the tech news you should know about before starting your weekend: Twitter makes a talent acquisition with Yes Twitter has purchased Palo Alto-based Yes, Inc., a company that makes two mobile apps called "Frenzy"...

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Yep, there might be spam in your digital calendar, too

If you're one of people who has recently come to find spammy, unsolicited messages in your digital calendars (iCal, Google Calendar, for instance), you should know that it's a widespread problem. Black Friday and Cyber Monday brought a wave of spam...

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'Final Fantasy XV,' 'Super Mario Maker' for 3DS lead this week's new games

New video games out this week: “Final Fantasy XV.” Once known as “Final Fantasy Versus XIII,” this action-oriented take on the franchise involves a road trip, an unexpected invasion, a crown prince named Noctis, and a big open world to explore with...

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We've reached a turning point for Facebook -- and its users

At one time in the past, maybe before Nov. 8, Facebook felt pretty familiar and comfortable. It wasn’t always perfect: I’ve complained over the years about its quirks, its tendency toward creating an echo chamber where you only see what you want to...

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Video walkie-talkie 'Marco Polo' combines the best of several app features

The last thing most of us need in our life is another chat app and an additional list of contacts to keep track of. But about a month ago I accepted a friend's invite to "Marco Polo" (available at marcopolo.me)which works like a video walkie-talkie...

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Talking Nintendo Classic Edition and other holiday tech gifts with Texas Standard

This week on the Texas Standard radio program, we revisited 512tech's holiday technology and gadgets gift guide with some of my picks for items people will want to use again and again. In our conversation, we got into phones, personal voice assistants...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook tool will censor for China, new SXSW digs and gene editing as cancer treatment

Facebook builds censorship tool to gain China market Facebook's desire to get into a China, a market where it's been blocked, has led to the company building a censorship tool that could filter news feeds by geographic region, The New York Times...

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