Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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Texas Standard: is it the MoviePassapocalypse and was it always too good to be true?

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discuss the recent sweeping changes happening with MoviePass and whether the brief window of time when you could watch a movie a day for $10 a month is now over. Also: what other online deals once seemed...

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Hey, minimalists: soundbars are totally still a thing

Time was that if you wanted to good surround sound for your home theater, you set up a ton of speakers (five or seven, typically, plus a subwoofer), ran miles of wire and hid your dirty audio deeds with cable wraps and moulding. Wireless rear speakers...

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TaskUs, growing in Austin and San Antonio, gets $250 million equity investment

A Santa Monica-based business-services company that has been beefing up its presence in Central Texas on Thursday announced a $250 million equity investment from Blackstone. TaskUs  runs its operations out of Austin because its two co-founders, Bryce...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: Magic Leap’s mixed-reality headset is finally here; shrugs at $2,295?

Happy Wednesday! Here are a few of the tech stories we’re taking a look at today. A Leap, but maybe not so Magic?  Mystery mixed-reality company Magic Leap has finally brought it first product out of the shadows. The Magic Leap One, which is selling...

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The perfect, cuddly robot pal? Gadget company Anki tries to crack that code with ‘Vector’ Kickstarter

Might things be a little bit better for all of us if we each had a cute, anthropomorphic little robot buddy around? One that did cute things like beep-boop encouragement when we’re down or that could fetch us the weather report in the most adorable...

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House calls for car repairs: Mobile mechanics service Wrench expands into Austin market

When Christina Michelle needed an oil change on her 2015 Subaru WRX, she didn’t want to do another stint at the car dealership. Michelle, a Cedar Park human-resources manager in real estate, waited nearly three hours last time she went there.  “Summertime...

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Talking with Texas Standard about Google Next conference’s big themes

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed Google’s big Next Cloud conference, which attracted 20,000 this week and focused primarily on internet security and artificial intelligence. How much of what Google is advancing will affect...

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Do you even need a streaming TV box anymore?

There was a time just a few years ago when 4K televisions first started becoming affordable, but there wasn’t a lot of actual 4K-quality video content you could watch on them. Slowly, set-top boxes from Roku, Apple and Amazon caught up and so did...

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Austin-based Tankee, a free safe-space video network for kid gamers, launching this fall

Parents who feel a cold chill up their back whenever their kids venture into the world of online gaming have a new resource. This week, an Austin-based video service aimed at 6-12-year-olds called Tankee came out of stealth mode with plans to launch...

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Wednesday Tech Crawl: soul searching in FB departures, Google Cloud Next announcements and a jaw-dropping one-take drone shot

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Here are some of the tech stories we’re poring over this morning: Facebook departures get real There are some high-profile departures happening at Facebook, and at least one of those leaving is directly addressing some...

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