Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

Social media as lifeline, mobilizer during Hurricane Harvey, aftermath

When faced with the loss of their homes and, in some cases, the possibility of death, victims of Hurricane Harvey reached for the tool so many of us use every day: their smart phones.  Whether they were trying to share photos and videos of the devastation...

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Author, journalist and ‘Black Panther’ scribe Ta-Nehisi Coates announced as SXSW keynote 

South by Southwest has announced its fourth keynote: it’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, the award-winning author of “Between the World and Me” who is also a national correspondent for The Atlantic and writer of the “Black Panther” line of Marvel Comics (soon...

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Why Austin-based Mattr is using blockchain tech for marketing agreements 

Lots of people are aware of Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency used online, but not everyone is aware that the underlying  “blockchain” tech behind it can be used for functions other than money transactions. Mattr, an Austin company that as part of its business...

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Mario and Rabbids universes collide in ‘Kingdom Battle’; dinosaurs are ride-hailed in ‘ARK: Survival Evolved’

New video games out this week “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.” The Mario and Ubisoft Rabbids franchises collide in this squad battle game in which Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi team up with four Rabbids (no distinguishable personalities...

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Keep your drone away from Hurricane Harvey disaster areas, FAA warns

The FAA is warning amateur drone pilots that they could be fined for unauthorized flight near disaster zones left by Hurricane Harvey and that they should not interfere with the work of emergency responders. The brief warning Friday, sent via email...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Hurricane prep, Apple’s Tim Cook in town and more ‘Black Mirror’ coming

Happy safe Friday to you, Austin. As we prepare for some heavy rain from Hurricane Harvey, please be careful on the roads and mindful of weather warnings, especially if you end up anywhere near the gulf coast. Here are some tech stories we’re following...

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On Texas Standard, talking about great apps for college students

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we followed up on a recent 512tech story from Lilly Rockwell and Sebastian Herrera about back-to-school apps for new college students. We discussed transportation apps, note-taking apps and one new...

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AccuWeather app flap a reminder that not all location info is gathered via GPS

This week, a security researcher discovered that the iOS app from AccuWeather can collect location data for users even when they have location sharing for the application disabled. Moreso, AccuWeather has a deal with Reveal Mobile, a company that...

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Techie toilets, Nests and eco-paint: Four innovations we learned about at Austin’s TreeHouse store

Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of the Austin-based TreeHouse home-improvement stores, has a way of sounding earnest without being strident, of selling you on the idea of a smarter way of living versus hawking a product. If you look at his LinkedIn...

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‘Uncharted’ co-stars take lead in ‘The Lost Legacy’; ‘Madden NFL 18’ hits the field

New video games out this week: “Madden NFL 18.” This year’s football sim improves stadium exteriors and cityscapes (including firework displays) and adds a “Longshot” story mode allowing players to guide a forgotten high-school prospect toward his...

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