Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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Tech Crawl: The never-ending Uber news vortex, RIP Charles Thacker and Verizon-Yahoo finally a done deal

Welcome to your Wednesday! Here are some of the tech stories we’re clicking this morning: Uber can’t stop, won’t stop making headlines In what some are calling Uber’s ongoing “Culture Crisis,” the company on Wednesday had a very big day, including...

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UT Austin taking signups for 24-week data science and analytics boot camp

The University of Texas is offering a 24-week boot camp to start in October for those who want to pick up skills in data science. The Data Analytics and Visualization Boot Camp starts Oct. 3 and will run 24 weeks at the UT Thompson Conference Center...

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Nintendo Switch brawler ‘ARMS’ and ‘Cars 3’ are new in this week’s games

New video games out this week: “ARMS.” (Out Friday) This Nintendo Switch exclusive will remind you of the heyday of get-off-your-couch Wii games. It involves fighters battling with comically outstretched arms in battle arenas with customizable hands...

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Tech Crawl: Uber CEO’s leave of absence, Xbox One X officially announced and an ‘Anthem’ first look

Good Monday to you! Here are some of the tech stories you might have missed this morning or over the weekend: More turmoil at Uber Over the weekend, the board of directors at Uber met and according to reports, unanimously voted to adopt recommendations...

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Talking to Texas Standard about Uber and Lyft’s return and what it means for Austin

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the recent return of Uber and Lyft to Austin and what lessons Uber in particular may want to keep in mind as it comes back to a different ride-hailing landscape. You can listen to the...

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You don’t have to wait on Apple to experiment with augmented reality

This week, Apple finally introduced ARKit, a set of tools for creating augmented reality in apps. It’s something Facebook and Google have already pushed into, and since ARKit won’t debut until the Apple iOS 11 is out later this year, it would be understandable...

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Tech Crawl: Uber cleans house, head of USTPO resigns and rise of the Apple and Walmart kiosks

Happy Wednesday, Austin! Here’s some of the tech news we’re reading about right now. Uber fires 20, brings on new brand manager Ride-hailing company Uber said on Tuesday it has fired 20 employees, including senior executives, as part of an investigation...

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Declaring independence from our social media obligations

A few weeks ago, my daughter Lilly played guitar in her school’s talent show. She’s only 9. I never performed in any talent show and it wasn’t until long after high school that I ever got the gumption to perform on any stage by myself. I Tweeted, “My...

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‘Dirt 4,’ Austin-made ‘Battlesloths 2025’ and ‘Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind’ top the week’s new games

New video games out this week:  “Dirt 4.” The off-road racing sim is back with 50 cars, locations that include Australia, Spain, Michigan, Sweden and Wales, and lots of career and online competitive modes. It’s also promising more faithfully rendered...

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In their own words: All of Austin’s ride-hail companies make their pitch for your business

And here we finally are. Last year, the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft left Austin after a contentious Prop 1 election. In the year that followed, about a half dozen companies emerged to fill that void, including RideAustin, Fasten, Wingz, Fare (no...

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