Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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In praise of perfect cheap earbuds you’re not afraid to lose

With the announcement that Google will follow Apple’s lead and eliminate the heaphone jack from its new Pixel 2 smart phone, I’ve been thinking about how I use my headphones and whether having a new phone means I’m doomed to deal with fragile little dongle-adapters...

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‘District 9’ director Neill Blomkamp debuting ‘Adam: The Mirror’ short film from Unite Austin 2017 

The Oscar-nominated director of the South African sci-fi film “District 9” will debut his new short film, “Adam: The Mirror” at a tech conference in Austin Tuesday evening. The short film from Neill Blomkamp will debut free online with a livestream...

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‘Forza Motorsport 7’ arrives to finally give that 4K TV a proper workout

New video games out this week: “Forza Motorsport 7.” Microsoft's big racing franchise gets a graphical upgrade with 4K HDR and over 700 cars across 30 destinations. It’s also built for enhanced gameplay on the upcoming Xbox One X console (but still...

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Six individuals and six charities, most from Austin, receive SXSW Community Service Awards grants

South by Southwest has announced the recipients of its 2018 Community Service Awards, naming six people and six non-profits that will be awarded badges to SXSW as well as grants that total $50,000. The Awards are an evolution of what used to be called...

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Discussing online immigrant-tracking policies from Homeland Security with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the Department of Homeland Security’s mixed messages on whether it will be tracking social media accounts and search results not only for immigrants with green cards, but also naturalized...

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Friday Tech Crawl: more Russia/election drama involving Twitter, IKEA snaps up TaskRabbit and Roku’s IPO day

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories you should be reading today: Twitter and Russia and the 2016 election: trudge continues The investigation into social media and last year’s U.S. presidential election trudges on like a trudging...

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Dr. Mehmet Oz shows off VR project ‘YOU’ at Austin’s Microsoft Store

On Thursday, Dr. Mehmet Oz (known on TV as simply “Dr. Oz”) was in Austin to demonstrate some virtual-reality software he said will help doctors improve care for their patients. “YOU,” which in the demonstration was focused on close-up examination...

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Soccer action arrives with ‘FIFA 18,’ RTS fans get long-awaited ‘Total War: Warhammer II’

New video games out this week “FIFA 18.” In case the recent “Madden 18” and “NBA 2K18” releases didn’t tip you off, it’s sports-game-release season. Soccer gets to throw in with new motion tech designed to give players more responsiveness and personality...

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Talking about ethics in tech (there probably should be some) with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the problematic issues that can arise when we race forward with new technologies, namely ethical concerns that some in the industry don’t always think through. Should tech firms make...

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