Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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Hit the Microsoft Store before paying for a Windows repair job

A reader, Debra, writes in: “I have an HP laptop that I promise you is in infinite update mode! I've had the IT guys at my job try and help me set the updates to night updates only but no matter what, I hear it churning in the background endlessly...

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Marie Kondo, ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners, Ray Kurzweil and Van Jones among SXSW lineup additions

South by Southwest on Wednesday morning released another round of featured speakers for the March 10-19 conference, including decluttering author Marie Kondo (”The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”); David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners...

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Game designer Richard Garriott’s big life of adventure detailed in new book, ‘Explore/Create’

If you are going to title a book about your life “Explore/Create,” a kind of memoir that ties together the threads of how life experience fuels creative output, you’d better have: A. Interesting life experiences, and   B. A body of creative work worth...

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Combo ‘Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone’ leads slim game-releases week

New video games out this week: “Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone.” This rhythm game from Sega actually consists of two separate releases, “Future Sound” and “Colorful Tone,” each of which includes more than 100 songs from the various “Hatsune...

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What’s ahead in 2017 for tech? Only Omarstadamus knows

Hello, seeker of knowledge! It is I, Omarstadamus, the great seer, soothsayer and, uh... soothseer, returned to share with you the secrets of what will be in the year ahead. “But Omarstadamus,” you might say, “we’re deep into January already and much...

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Austin’s Owlchemy Labs hits $3 million in sales for its funny VR game ‘Job Simulator’

Austin’s got a VR hit on its hands. “Job Simulator: the 2050 Archives,” a game that we first heard about in late 2015, has reached $3 million in sales for its creator, Austin-based Owlchemy Labs. The lean indie studio went all-in on virtual reality...

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More on tech trends at the Consumer Electronics Show with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we’re checking in on the big technology expo in Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Show. What are Texas companies (specifically Dell) doing out there and what kinds of technology on display will we...

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Tech Crawl: Samsung beats the street, feds vs. D-Link and high speeds at the Drone Rodeo

Happy chilly Friday to you, Austin! Here’s some of the top tech news we’re following today: Samsung surprises with strong earnings Despite a year of crisis management that included exploding phones and washing machines, Samsung’s earnings for its...

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Sights from the Consumer Electronics Show 2017

Connected refrigerators, self-driving cars, levitating speakers and Spider-Man’s laptops are among the highlights

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DirecTV Now won’t be replacing U-verse anytime soon

A reader, Carol, writes: “I recently heard that DirecTV Now was replacing AT&T's U-verse. Do you know if that is true?” I reached out to AT&T to make sure I had my facts straight and the company confirmed it: DirecTV and U-Verse are separate...

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