Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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Talking with Texas Standard about the problem with mobile wallets

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed the ways that so-called mobile wallets (the digital kind, not the ones that by nature of being carried around are mobile) still have a ways to go before being technology you can use anywhere...

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Blogging, survivor of social-media shakeout, lives on at BlogathonATX event

Blogging is not dead! We swear! In fact, you’re sort of reading one right now. Hey, welcome to this blog! In the mid-to-late aughts (say, 2004-2009), blogging became a premier form of communication for online writers, from people keeping personal...

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FBI director James Comey to speak at SXSW

South by Southwest, which already has two days of programming devoted to technology under President Donald Trump, has landed another large figure in government as a speaker: FBI director James Comey. The FBI director will be interviewed as part of SXSW’s...

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The three argument techniques to avoid on Facebook

In the current political climate, discussions on social networks such as Facebook can be a little... let’s say “Heated.” But what definitely doesn’t help is participants who use bad techniques to get their point across. Here are three common bad forms...

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‘Hidden Figures’ Made With Code event, hosted by Google and Girlstart at Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, Jan. 24, 2017

Google and Girlstart hosted a "Made With Code" STEM event for students and parents that included a screening of the Oscar-nominated film "Hidden Figures."

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‘Trump and Dump’ bot, from Austin’s T3, shorts stocks based on Trump Tweets, gives profits to charity

For all the criticism of President Donald J. Trump’s ongoing Twitter habit, one unexpected beneficiary has emerged: dogs, cats and other animals being helped by the ASPCA. An Austin marketing and innovation agency, T3, has created a piece of automated...

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‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ and vampires in ‘Sims 4’(!) lead this week’s new games

New video games out this week: “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” After several installments that seemed to go way off the rails, Capcom appears to be reining in its long-running survival horror series by limiting it to one location and giving it a first-person...

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Tech Crawl: Sprint gets in on Tidal, Yahoo/Verizon deal delayed and AMD processor price speculation

Happy Tuesday, folks! Here’s some of the tech news we’ve been spotting this morning Sprint adds one more potential problem to its 99 others with Tidal Sprint, the company that still sells mobile phones and service, has bought a third of Jay-Z’s Tidal...

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Can one man survive for a day with only Apple Pay?

In the large list of calamities that could happen to you on a given day (let’s not dwell on the possibilities), forgetting your wallet at home is a pretty minor one. It happened to me recently and would have been absolutely no big deal, except… 1...

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Tech Crawl: Samsung finally explains Note 7 fires, @Potus problems and Qualcomm’s battle with Apple 

Happy Monday, Austin! Here’s the top tech stories we’re following this a.m. The battery did it After months of investigating, Samsung says it has an answer to a problem that led to a complete recall of the Note 7 smart phone: two separate battery...

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