Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

Talking with Texas Standard about saving storm-damaged devices

On the most recent tech segment with the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about 512tech’s story on data recovery in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and what to do if you have a computer or hard drive damaged by floods. You can check out the...

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In Harvey’s wake, tough task of recovering data and getting it back online has begun

Kelly Klodzinski, owner of flooring store Floor Care & Interior in the East Texas town of Lumberton, did not have flood insurance when Hurricane Harvey destroyed his business. “It had never flooded here in over 100 years,” Klodzinski said. “It...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Equifax’s ugly breach, Facebook’s election ads from Russia and Amazon’s HQ2 (will it be Austin?)  

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following today: Equifax’s very big breach The latest cybersecurity meltdown is a big one: 143 million U.S. customers of the credit reporting agency Equifax may be affected by a cyberattack...

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Keep your eye on refresh rates if you’re shopping for monitors or HDTVs

If you’re ever been staring blearily at a computer screen, blinked your eyes sleepily as you yawned and noticed the screen momentarily flickering weirdly, you may have caught a glimpse of what’s known as the “Refresh rate.” On screens, refresh rate...

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On DACA, tech industry appears unified against Trump decision

Last week, tech companies reiterated their support for the U.S. immigration DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival), saying they would oppose president Donald Trump if he were to rescind the Obama administration-era order. On Tuesday...

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Guardians rejoice: Bungie’s ‘Destiny 2’ arrives this week 

New video games out this week “Destiny 2.” Bungie’s big space combat game evolves further into a massively multiplayer online game with easier ways to hook up with other players for raids and strikes. In this one, players try to take down Ghaul, the...

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Talking about rescue apps, online donations and the tech of Hurricane Harvey relief with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed ways in which technology − from apps to new websites to social media − have helped supplement rescue efforts and collect donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can find the segment...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Tech companies rally behind DACA, Apple sets iPhone event date and Uber loses market share

Hope you’re ready for the three-day weekend, Austin. Here are some of the tech-news stories we’re reading this morning: Microsoft, Facebook and others plan to fight on DACA On news that president Donald Trump is expected to halt the  DACA (Deferred...

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Deliv expands to 33 markets, joins Austin’s crowded on-demand delivery scene

In what may have earned a strongly breathed “Huh,” from leaders at Whole Foods/Amazon on Thursday, Menlo Park, California-based startup Deliv has expanded its business to 33 markets, adding Austin as well as Phoenix, Orlando, San Antonio and other...

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An ode to a little-appreciated hero: the phone re-charger

If the past week of disastrous coastal weather has proven anything, it’s that our smart phones and other mobile communication devices are not just useful: they can be life-savers. But the Achilles’ Heel of most phones is their limited battery life...

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