Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

Cardtek co-founder: Get ready for cars that can make mobile payments for you

Your next mobile wallet could be a bit larger than your cell phone. In fact, it could be large enough to drive around. We could soon be seeing automobiles that seamlessly integrate ways to make payments on things like drive-thru food, car washes and...

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More orc damage returns in ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’; ‘Evil Within 2’ looks scary

New video games out this week: “Middle-earth: Shadow of War.” The sequel to 2014’s wildly popular “Shadow of Mordor” brings more bloody, open-world action to the Tolkeinverse. In this game, you must go behind enemy lines to try to turn your enemies...

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GSD&M’s Roy Spence, Steve Ballmer, Ira Glass and Ana Marie Cox among SXSW 2018 featured additions

South by Southwest on Tuesday announced another round of featured speakers as its lineup for March 2018 continues to fill out. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was named a keynote speaker in a list that already includes author Ta-Nehisi Coates, director...

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Help wanted: Ericsson recruiting 80 for a 5G design center it’s opening in Austin

Ericsson, the Stockholm, Sweden-based communications tech company, says it is opening a design center in Austin focused on applications around 5G radio base stations and their microelectronic innards. The company says it expects to hire 80 Application...

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Like ‘a rave in space’: Austin’s TheWaveVR teams with musician to create virtual-reality album-art experience

At 8 p.m. Central time on Sunday, fans of Los Angeles producer TOKiMONSTA will get to participate in a listening-party concert. But fans will be wearing virtual-reality headsets connected to PCs and will be experiencing an interactive version of the “Lune...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Massive U.S. security leaks, Google Fiber coming to San Antonio and the Netflix price hike

Happy Friday, everybody! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning: More real and potential government leaks The news is not good in the cybersecurity world: on Thursday it was revealed that an NSA contractor was arrested for stealing...

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Talking about the problems with electronic medical records on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed the embattled arena of electronic health records. About 10 years ago, a big movement began to digitize healthcare, but there have been major bumps along the road. Are things getting better?...

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In praise of perfect cheap earbuds you’re not afraid to lose

With the announcement that Google will follow Apple’s lead and eliminate the heaphone jack from its new Pixel 2 smart phone, I’ve been thinking about how I use my headphones and whether having a new phone means I’m doomed to deal with fragile little dongle-adapters...

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‘District 9’ director Neill Blomkamp debuting ‘Adam: The Mirror’ short film from Unite Austin 2017 

The Oscar-nominated director of the South African sci-fi film “District 9” will debut his new short film, “Adam: The Mirror” at a tech conference in Austin Tuesday evening. The short film from Neill Blomkamp will debut free online with a livestream...

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‘Forza Motorsport 7’ arrives to finally give that 4K TV a proper workout

New video games out this week: “Forza Motorsport 7.” Microsoft's big racing franchise gets a graphical upgrade with 4K HDR and over 700 cars across 30 destinations. It’s also built for enhanced gameplay on the upcoming Xbox One X console (but still...

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