Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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How do you hack a military boat? Maritime hackathon this weekend offers the challenge

This weekend, Capital Factory will play host to a cybersecurity event by way of the sea. A hackathon event put together by Booz Allen Hamilton, the U.S. Navy’s Naval Post Graduate School and the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental will work to improve...

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Can VR overcome its challenges to go mainstream? I have some doubts

A few weeks ago, I got an email offering me a download code to review a virtual reality game called “Gunship Battle2 VR” for a the Samsung Gear VR. Last year, I had purchased a Gear VR, a headset that costs about $50-$99 and works with Samsung phones...

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Tech Crawl: Apple TV evolving too slowly, Facebook shifts to social good and Samsung exec arrested

Happy Friday, Austin! Let’s gear up for the weekend with some TGIF tech stories, shall we? Apple TV to get 4K, but why so late? Bloomberg reports frustration at Apple in its Apple TV team, which, as one source says, was supposed to be a revolution...

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How to save photos and other data on a dying iPad

A reader, Shanon, asks: “After reading your article regarding iPhone holding a charge, I wanted to ask you about same issue for my iPad. A few weeks ago, my iPad started losing battery power very quickly. I would work on it while keeping it plugged...

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What’s the deal with that ‘Halo Wars 2’ mural in downtown Austin?

If you’ve been near West 5th Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin this week, you might have noticed a new piece of street art sporting a Snapchat code and a strange creature. The creature is Atriox from the “Halo” universe. The mural is there...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook wants more videos in your face; who’s got the best unlimited wireless plan? 

Happy Hump Day, everyone! Here are some of the top tech stories worth checking out today: Facebook doesn’t care if you don’t like auto-play videos Are you distracted by the near-constant assault of national political news that has seemingly everyone...

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‘For Honor,’ ‘Sniper Elite 4’ bring the action this week in new games

New video games out this week: “For Honor.” Ubisoft swings for the fences (and people’s heads) with this visceral war game focused on melee combat among three warrior factions: knights, vikings and samurai. The game features a story campaign as well...

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SXSW gets more transparent about its politics in 2017

On Jan. 29, a Sunday night, South by Southwest issued a statement about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, specifically a controversial executive order limiting travel put into effect two days earlier. “SXSW is alarmed by the Trump administration’s...

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Bots 101: What you need to know about chatbots, AI and digital assistants

If you follow technology trends, you could be forgiven for having “bots” on the brain. It’s a word that over the past year or so has become ubiquitous, not unlike “The Cloud” or “The Internet of Things” in past years. Bots, it sounds like, will help...

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Talking about cooking and food-delivery tech with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we tackled the subject of how technology is changing our eating habits, from food delivery to meal kits ordered online to newly popular kitchen gadgets. We discussed a recent story I wrote about Austin-based...

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