Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

15 moments that have defined Austin’s Rooster Teeth 

It all started with a funny web video posted on April Fool’s Day in 2003. A group of friends put together their own scripted dialogue with the video game “Halo: Combat Evolved” to animate a snarky meta commentary on basic Marines-in-space gaming tropes...

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Open Source

Three questions to ask yourself before you buy wireless headphones

As the race to take away headphone ports on smart phones continues, you may still be thinking about switching from wired to wireless headphones, especially if there’s a phone upgrade in your future. Before you commit to a set of cans or earbuds, especially...

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Apple’s new recycle robot, Daisy, calls Austin home

If you’ve ever broken an iPhone screen, dealt with a drained-of-life iPhone battery or unsuccessfully tried to rescue an iPhone from ocean water, the gigantic pile of dead devices might feel a little haunting. They sit in a rose gold, space gray,...

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Austin Game Conference sitting out 2018; Game Leadership Summit coming in September

In September, Austin will be missing one of its key videogaming-focused conferences. But another one, more focused on the management of game companies, will be taking its place. The Austin Game Conference, which made a return to Austin in 2016 and...

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Talking with Texas Standard about Apple Pay’s big (and possibly annoying) push

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about why Apple has been so aggressive of late pushing its Apple Pay digital wallet platform, to the point that some users are trying to figure out ways to get rid of an alert badge that it...

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Open Source

Friday Tech Crawl: Backpage CEO faces charges, phone security woes and what’s a computer, really?

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following Backpage.com pleads guilty in human trafficking  In case you missed it yesterday, the company behind classified ads site Backpage.com has pleaded guilty to charges of human trafficking...

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Pilot program to help blind and visually impaired Cap Metro riders could eventually go citywide

An executive for the Paris-based company Connecthings says that a pilot program it started last month with Capital Metro to provide real-time bus information to the blind and visually impaired in Austin is going well and that he hopes it will expand...

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Friday Tech Crawl: more Facebook fallout, Trump’s Amazon grudge and ‘Legion’ stars on Tinder

Good Friday morning, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning. Facebook keeps stepping in it Facebook has been on the ropes of late over its Cambridge Analytica data snafu, but that hasn’t kept it from making moves that...

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Talking about the Hell that is conference calls on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discuss why so many of us dread web meetings, videoconference chats and conference calls. Sometimes, it’s technological issues (why can’t people mute themselves? Why won’t this browser plug-in work?)...

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Things to check before you hand-me-down a gadget to your kid

My 8-year-old is a savant at lyrics and beats from current hit music (the clean songs only, I hope). When she began asking if she could have her own iPhone in order to listen to music, my wife and I balked. But then I came with what I thought might...

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