Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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Always Connected PCs to help blur the line between computers and phones

Have you ever wished your laptop was connected automatically online all the time instead of requiring you to seek a Wi-Fi hotspot whenever you’re traveling or trying to get work done at a coffee shop? Two tech titans, Microsoft and Qualcomm, are hoping...

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Melinda Gates to keynote SXSW 2018; Michael Dell, Richard Linklater added as featured speakers

South by Southwest on Monday announced that philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates, will be a keynote speaker in March. Gates nearly two and a half years ago established an outside organization called...

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Talking with Texas Standard about the tech we should have left behind in 2017

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, it’s time to take one last look back at 2017 and talk about some of the technologies we wish would have gone away before the new year. You can check out the segment on the Texas Standard website or...

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How plausible are the tech nightmares in Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ series? 

Last Friday, tucked between Christmas snoozing and New Year’s Eve revelry, Netflix debuted six new episodes of “Black Mirror,” the British-born anthology series that since 2011 has been provocatively exploring the dark side of our love affair with...

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Friday Tech Crawl: FCC chairman death threats, a CES preview, Microsoft’s smart thermostat and grandma + Google Home

Happy Friday, Austin! Hope you’ve enjoyed your first week (or half week) back at work after a restful holiday break. Didn’t get a holiday break? Time to call in sick! While you’re figuring that out, here are some of the tech stories we’re following...

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Scrambling for storage space on your phone? Try deleting some text-message threads

If you’re constantly running out of data storage space on your smart phone and you’ve resisted the siren call of buying a new phone with more memory, you might find some help in an unexpected place. While music streaming apps and photo and music libraries...

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Facebook’s ‘Engagement bait’ crackdown and 2018 predictions from Omarstradamus on Texas Standard

Even while some of us were busy taking extra-long winter vacation naps and cleaning up several tons of wrapping paper off the floor, 512tech and Texas Standard’s radio program rolled along over Christmas and New Year. Here are two tech-related segments...

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A buzzing and then flight: Dripping Springs students learn to program, pilot drones 

It’s a chilly Tuesday morning in December at Walnut Springs Elementary, and the school library is buzzing. Not with gossip or unruly chatter or the burned-off grounds of coffee for teachers, but actual buzzing.  It could be the windup of angry bees...

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The state of Austin’s gaming sector: Stable, diverse in size, due for some shakeups

Hemanshu Chhabra, the creative director at the small Austin indie studio Triple-I Games, used to work on huge video games such as “Star Wars: The Old Republic” for companies such as Electronic Arts-owned BioWare Austin and for Amazon Game Studios...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Coinbase’s Bitcoin Cash problem, Europe rules against Uber, funding issues for ‘HQ Trivia’ and an audio-animatronic Trump

Happy Wednesday, Austin! You only have to make it a few more days before holiday break. You can do it! Here are a few tech stories we’re following this morning: Trouble at Coinbase over Bitcoin volatility TechCrunch reports this morning that problems...

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