Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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On Texas Standard, talking about great apps for college students

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we followed up on a recent 512tech story from Lilly Rockwell and Sebastian Herrera about back-to-school apps for new college students. We discussed transportation apps, note-taking apps and one new...

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AccuWeather app flap a reminder that not all location info is gathered via GPS

This week, a security researcher discovered that the iOS app from AccuWeather can collect location data for users even when they have location sharing for the application disabled. Moreso, AccuWeather has a deal with Reveal Mobile, a company that...

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Techie toilets, Nests and eco-paint: Four innovations we learned about at Austin’s TreeHouse store

Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of the Austin-based TreeHouse home-improvement stores, has a way of sounding earnest without being strident, of selling you on the idea of a smarter way of living versus hawking a product. If you look at his LinkedIn...

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‘Uncharted’ co-stars take lead in ‘The Lost Legacy’; ‘Madden NFL 18’ hits the field

New video games out this week: “Madden NFL 18.” This year’s football sim improves stadium exteriors and cityscapes (including firework displays) and adds a “Longshot” story mode allowing players to guide a forgotten high-school prospect toward his...

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Retro gaming bliss: ‘StarCraft Remastered’ and ‘Sonic Mania’ are new this week

New video games out this week: “StarCraft Remastered.” The remastered edition of one of Blizzard Entertainment’s most enduring franchises includes improved audio and graphics, but adheres to the successful formula that made the real-time-strategy...

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Talking about Disney, Netflix and the future of streaming with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program we discussed the news that Disney is planning to pull its movies from Netflix and start at least two streaming video services, for its movies and for its sports network ESPN. What does that mean for...

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Tech Crawl: Google memo mess grows, Benchmark Capital sues Kalanick and Snap’s losses grow 

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re keeping an eye on today. Google memo mess is not going away Fallout from a controversial memo about diversity from a now-fired Google employee continued on Thursday when the company’s CEO...

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What does ‘Multithreading’ mean for the processor wars?

As the high-end computer processor wars heat up once again with Intel and AMD’s new, competing offerings, the new chips will be measured on a variety of factors, from speed to efficiency to price. One measure of performance will be how the Intel Core...

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‘LawBreakers’ challenges gravity while a new season of ‘Batman’ begins from Telltale Games

New video games out this week: “LawBreakers.” The latest from Cliff Bleszinksi (“Unreal,” “Gears of War”) is an omnidirectional gravity-breaking first-person shooter that may not be for the easily motion-sick. The futuristic game is likely to challenge...

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With ‘Pong to Pokémon,’ Bullock Museum spotlights games as art and artifact

Even in an age when practically anything can be looked up instantaneously, there are some pieces of knowledge that defy second-hand learning. Such as: why the joystick for the arcade console version of “Ms. Pac-Man” feels so perfectly clicky, with...

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