Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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‘MLB The Show 17’ and ‘Has-Been Heroes’ lead the week’s new games

New video games out this week: “MLB The Show 17.” This year’s Sony baseball game includes a Retro Mode that includes classic matches, a “Road to The Show” RPG mode and better options to continue your player’s journey from season to season. Rated E...

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Talking about what’s been going wrong at Uber with Texas Standard

In this week’s “Texas Standard” radio tech segment, we take a look at the recent missteps at the tech giant Uber and how that has been playing out over issues of sexual harassment, leadership turnover and, of course, ride-hailing and Austin. You can check...

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Tech Crawl: Senate loosens ISP rules on sharing customer data, Gorillaz go 360-degree

You made it to Friday! Here’s some of the tech news we’re watching today on 512tech: Senate overturns Obama-era privacy rules for ISPs In a 50-48 party-line vote on Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to overturn 2016 privacy rules that prevented Internet...

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Rural Internet users can expect fewer options for high speeds than city dwellers

Several readers over the last few months have asked about what their options might be for high-speed Internet if they’re living far outside major cities.  “Because of our location (12 miles outside Bertram), the only Internet options we currently...

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Two Austin startups, Rap Charge and JumpStart Charging, focus on upping the power-station game

Remember when there were two disaster-themed movies coming to theaters, “Volcano” and “Dante’s Peak?” How about “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact?” Or for a more recent example, that time there was an FX docu-series, “American Crime Story: The People...

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Tech Crawl: Uber offers more details on sexual-harassment investigation, deals with more exec turnover

Happy Hump Day to you! Here are some of the top tech stories we’re watching this today: More tumult at Uber (surprised?) If it’s Uber, it’s probably time for more drama.  On Tuesday, the company held a phone conference detailing progress on its sexual-harassment...

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What worked (politics, weather) and what didn’t (lines, bots) at SXSW 2017

It’s hard to keep a consistent scorecard for South by Southwest because everyone’s South by is so different and personal. You make a schedule and adhere to it as much or as little as you care to and then the adventure begins. The unpredictability...

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Talking about fake news and SXSW with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about a keynote panel that shifted into a discussion of fake news during South by Southwest with two major purveyors of it, and about what companies such as Facebook and Google are doing about...

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The five coolest things I saw at South by Southwest 2017 (so far)

As I am continually being reminded by crowds that won’t disperse, South by Southwest’s tech portion (”Interactive,” as us old-timers will keep calling it) isn’t over. There’s still another full day of panels and programming, and then there’s SXSW...

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Warren Spector’s ‘System Shock 3’ collects $12 million in funding

Warren Spector’s next game, “System Shock 3,” looks like it could get bigger in scale. Swedish publisher Starbreeze is investing $12 million in the game, which is being developed by Boston-based OtherSide Entertainment, in order to “bring the game...

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