Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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Friday Tech Crawl: MyFitnessPal breach, Google takes out ‘Kodi’ autocomplete and leaked Facebook memos aren’t a good look

Happy Friday, Good or otherwise, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning: Bad news for MyFitnessPal users On Thursday, Under Armour, which owns the MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness brands (the latter of which started in Austin)...

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Talking about Bitcoin and the basics of blockchain tech with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we go back to basics explaining why Bitcoin is a thing that people care so much about and what blockchain technology actually does. Are we entering a new technological Valhalla of online transactions?...

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The de-register/re-register trick that might help your stalled app downloads

I ran into a problem recently when ebooks purchased or borrowed from Amazon’s Kindle store wouldn’t download to the company’s iPad app. After some frustrating attempts to keep downloading the same digital files over and over, seeing them get to 50...

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Can gliding through downtown Austin on electric bikes (URB-E) and scooters (LimeBike) fix congestion woes?

The thing that takes getting used to is that you’re going to get looks. Cruising down the reddish protected bike lane of downtown Austin’s 3rd Street on a near-soundless set of wheels at speeds of up to 20 mph, bypassing sloggy traffic, the glances...

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Talking about Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, our tech topic was the crisis at Facebook over data from millions of Facebook users apparently used by a company to aid the Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2016.  This week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Craigslist pulls personals, Twitter’s Dorsey sees big Bitcoin future, ‘Banner Saga 3’ will be on Switch

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some tech-related stories we’re checking out today. Craigslist removes personals Axios reports that Craigslist has pulled all personal ads from its online service as a response to a new law passed by the U.S. Congress...

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Six lessons we learned from SXSW 2018

South by Southwest, the whirlwind that concluded its 2018 edition on March 17, can leave you with a mental hangover worse than any set of tequila shots or overdosing on Texas tacos.  It’s not just the sprawl and the length of time it stretches (10-11...

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3-D printing is within reach, even if you don’t have a printer

About five years ago, I made a prediction that 3-D printing was going to be a sea-change technology that would sweep into our lives and change everything. Well... it could still happen! But for now, 3-D printers, which can fabricate objects out of...

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Ready, player for June 1: DreamHack game festival returning to Austin for third year

DreamHack Austin is coming back for a third year, bringing three days of game tournaments, live music and cosplay to the Austin Convention Center June 1-3. The Swedish-based gaming-culture festival makes only two stops in the U.S. this year. The other...

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Was it just us, or was SXSW 2018 less crowded?

It’s long been a maxim of South by Southwest that everybody’s SXSW is different: with so much content going on, attendees will all have a different experience. But after a few days of the festivals and conference, somewhere around March 11, I began...

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