Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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My new chat buds Spider-Man and Star-Lord: not great listeners, but they type really fast

You’d think that a teen superhero and the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy would have better things to do on a Friday afternoon than assigning me silly names such as “Captain Taco” or suggesting I read a comic book in our chats on Facebook Messenger...

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Tech Crawl: Microsoft’s cloud boosts earnings, Samsung Note 8 on tap and restaurants that want to be ‘Instagrammable’

TGIF, amiright? Here are some tech stories you should be aware of before you jaunt off for your summer weekend. Microsoft’s earnings up on strong cloud revenue Microsoft’s ongoing reorganization seems to be heading in the right direction, at least...

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Talking with Texas Standard about first steps to take with a new computer

In this week’s “Texas Standard” radio technology segment, I gave some advice on first steps to take when you’ve just bought and unboxed a new computer, whether it’s a Windows PC, Mac or Other.  I recently had that experience and was thrilled to share...

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Improvements to mobile 911 calls are coming

Outages and spotty software has led to several cases in the last few years where wireless phones have had trouble making 911 emergency calls and it’s been a long road trying to get to a place where mobile phones work as well as landlines for getting...

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Kahoot, edutainment company with Austin ties, gets $10 million in new funding and a Disney Accelerator FastPass

Kahoot, an Oslo, Norway-based learning company with an Austin office and roots here, has landed a $10 million Series A funding round just a week after it was announced the company has been accepted into the three-month Disney Accelerator program....

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‘Splatoon 2’ paints the town on Nintendo Switch; ‘Gigantic’ battles it out on Xbox One, PC

New video games out this week: “Splatoon 2.” (Out Friday) One of the bigger and more beloved hits from the Nintendo Wii U era makes the jump to the Nintendo Switch with many more weapons, a new dodge-roll move and, for the first time, local multiplayer...

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More on the ongoing Mac vs. PC debate with Texas Standard

On this week’s “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about a recent column I wrote about buying my first Windows PC in about 15 years and how my intense loyalty for Apple’s Mac computers has shifted over the last couple of years. We also talked...

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2017’s summer video game jam is the relentless, indie ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’

For three summers going, I’ve been keeping an eye out for a bright summery blast of video-gaming fun, a title that appears to be everywhere like a song of the summer. It’s typically a game that nobody expected to be a huge hit, or in the case of...

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Austin’s Cirrus Logic releases hardware to bring Amazon’s Alexa to more devices

Austin-based tech company Cirrus Logic has released what it says is the baseline for a series of products that work with Amazon’s increasingly popular Alexa voice-control system. Its Voice Capture Development Kit for Amazon AVS (Alexa Voice Service)...

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