Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

Holey rollers: Austin’s competitive Skee-ball players are building the future of the sport

It’s chilly for Austin on the Sunday night before Halloween and it’s getting a little late. The final four rollers have been chosen for the National Brewskee-Ball Championships, an event known to players as “The BEEB.”  The back area of Full Circle...

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Why’s retro tech making a comeback? We go back in time with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we take a look back (WAY back) to the 1980s and 1990s, decades that contain gadgets that appear to be making a comeback, from Polaroid film to retro game consoles such as the Nintendo Super NES Classic...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Apple’s earnings strong (again), Trump’s Twitter deactivated and the war over frowning poop emojis

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are a few tech stories you should be checking out today: Apple’s money roll grows and grows On the eve of its official iPhone X launch, Apple had a strong earnings report that countered fears that its main business line...

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Fast-growing ‘HQ Trivia’ lets iPhone players compete for cash

It’s 8 p.m. on a weeknight and the push alert comes through to tens of thousands of iPhones. “Hello players. Do you want to play a game? HQ is live.”  “HQ Trivia” is an idea so well-executed, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t happened before now. It’s...

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Mozilla pledges $95,000 to Austin tech-for-good projects

Mozilla, the Mountain View, California-based nonprofit, said it is awarding $95,000 total to seven Austin-based educational tech projects. The money is from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, which awards funding to projects in so-called “Gigabit...

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‘Call of Duty’ returns to ‘WWII’ while ‘Beast Quest’ brings Avantia to game consoles

New video games out this week “Call of Duty: WWII.” (Out Friday) The titanic game franchise goes back to the beginning, returning to World War II with a cinematic single-player storyline, a multiplayer community experience that spans five WWII divisions...

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Talking with Texas Standard about portrayals of tech in movies and TV 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talk about how technology and people in the tech industry are portrayed on movies and television, from “Mr. Robot” and “Halt and Catch Fire” to “Silicon Valley” and ‘24.”   You can listen to the segment...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Earningspocalypse Day includes Alphabet, Intel, Amazon and Microsoft; Pixel 2 has bug fixes on the way

Happy Friday, Austin! Ready for some tech stories? Let’s do this. Four huge tech companies, four positive earnings reports Woe be the tech journalist who had to cover four simultaneous earnings drops at the same time (that’s why I write about silly...

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Austin Internet pioneer Tracy LaQuey Parker on how it began and where we’re going

Sometimes it’s not about recognizing the next big thing in technology. It’s convincing everyone around you that your intuition about an incoming wave is the one everyone should surf. In her various roles at the University of Texas at Austin and at...

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TV rating measurements are trying to catch up with U.S. viewing habits

A reader from Loganville, Georgia named Jim asks, “Is there any way they (satellite company, broadcaster, advertiser) can know what TV show I am watching? I believe NOT! How are TV ratings derived?” The short answer is that increasingly, yes, satellite...

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