Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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No, seriously, you can use your own router with AT&T U-Verse

A reader, James, wrote in response to a recent item about Wi-Fi router shopping: Our AT&T router isn't powerful to get signal throughout our apartment. I went to Best Buy and was told that there are no routers that I could buy that work with AT&...

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Shocking wearable tech: LifeVest saves San Marcos man's life during cardiac arrest

On May 13, a hot day in San Marcos, a garment saved Roger Hunt's life. He was in his sprawling, wooded backyard, walking with two friends through the workshop he built himself. The visitors were a father and son advising him on mortgage and property...

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Tech Crawl: Google 'Nexus' to depart, Waze carpooling expands and more on Facebook's 'Garbage fire' trending topics

Happy Wednesday, Austin, and happy end of the month! Here are some of the tech stories creating the most buzz this morning: So long, Nexus From Android Central: Google's Nexus phones will no longer carry that name and will offer more software that...

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'World of Warcraft: Legion' and 'Attack on Titan' lead this week's new games

New video games out this week: “World of Warcraft: Legion.” The sixth expansion for “World of Warcraft” raises the level cap to 110, introduces a Demon Hunter class and adds more management options as you command an Order Hall to take on missions...

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Talking tech-related TV with Texas Standard

As a companion to yesterday's column about "Mr. Robot" and "Halt and Catch Fire," you can check out a conversation with Texas Standard radio about these shows and others that reflect our tech culture back to us. You can hear the segment on the Texas...

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Amazon hiring for newly opened San Marcos facility

Amazon.com Inc. on Wednesday opened its San Marcos, where it expects to employ about 1,000 workers. Amazon's robotics fulfillment center will begin fulfilling customer orders next week for the San Antonio and Austin areas.  At a celebration, the company...

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Prisma app turns photos into works of AI art

If you've been seeing a lot of impressive images on social media lately that look like they were crafted by a brilliant digital artist, it might be the work of artificial intelligence from an app called Prisma. The Russian-based app allows iOS and...

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Tech Crawl: iPhone malware conspiracy, WhatsApp backtrack and the great monkey emoji debate 

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we're checking out this morning: Zero-day exploit sends Apple scrambling Citizen Lab and Lookout Security uncovered a major malware attack  that is apparently being sold to governments to spy...

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'Mr. Robot' and 'Halt and Catch Fire': the dark future and wistful past of our love affair with tech

Sometimes, the thing you thought you were ready to give up on returns to glory and it's just as great as you remember. That's what happened with "Mr. Robot," a TV drama on the USA Network that had its first darkly hypnotic and techno-thrilling season last...

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GameSalad's tools turning Texas students into game developers

When Austin-based GameSalad formed in 2007, it was with the intent of making it easier for developers to quickly create video games.  In 2009, the company's GameSalad Creator launched, allowing developers for the web, iOS devices and Android to make...

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