Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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PAX South returns, brings plenty of cosplay, tourneys and retro thrills for fourth year

In its fourth year in San Antonio, the big PAX South gaming convention continues to be one of the key gathering places for fans of video games and tabletop gaming in the region. Along with SXSW Gaming, Classic Games Fest and RTX, it’s one of the few...

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Talking with Texas Standard about why Hauwei’s struggling with wireless carriers in the U.S.

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the news that the Chinese gadget maker Huawei lost a partnership with AT&T to bring a flagship product to the U.S. with that wireless carrier. Why is the government concerned about...

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Friday Tech Crawl: feed changes for Facebook, a Dropbox IPO, GM wants to drop steering wheels (in test cars) and ‘Star Wars’ pencil music

Happy Friday, folks! Here’s some of the tech news we’re following this morning: Facebook wants you to spend more time with family and friends We know we’ve been saying this for a while, but Facebook is really, really serious about changing the news...

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Always Connected PCs to help blur the line between computers and phones

Have you ever wished your laptop was connected automatically online all the time instead of requiring you to seek a Wi-Fi hotspot whenever you’re traveling or trying to get work done at a coffee shop? Two tech titans, Microsoft and Qualcomm, are hoping...

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Melinda Gates to keynote SXSW 2018; Michael Dell, Richard Linklater added as featured speakers

South by Southwest on Monday announced that philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates, will be a keynote speaker in March. Gates nearly two and a half years ago established an outside organization called...

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Talking with Texas Standard about the tech we should have left behind in 2017

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, it’s time to take one last look back at 2017 and talk about some of the technologies we wish would have gone away before the new year. You can check out the segment on the Texas Standard website or...

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How plausible are the tech nightmares in Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ series? 

Last Friday, tucked between Christmas snoozing and New Year’s Eve revelry, Netflix debuted six new episodes of “Black Mirror,” the British-born anthology series that since 2011 has been provocatively exploring the dark side of our love affair with...

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Friday Tech Crawl: FCC chairman death threats, a CES preview, Microsoft’s smart thermostat and grandma + Google Home

Happy Friday, Austin! Hope you’ve enjoyed your first week (or half week) back at work after a restful holiday break. Didn’t get a holiday break? Time to call in sick! While you’re figuring that out, here are some of the tech stories we’re following...

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Scrambling for storage space on your phone? Try deleting some text-message threads

If you’re constantly running out of data storage space on your smart phone and you’ve resisted the siren call of buying a new phone with more memory, you might find some help in an unexpected place. While music streaming apps and photo and music libraries...

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