Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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SXSW’s PanelPicker is here; this is what’s new and different

South by Southwest’s annual PanelPicker, the primary venue for public  to submit programming ideas for next year’s SXSW, is up and running. The submission period will be open until Friday, July 20 (which in SXSW-speak typically means midnight the...

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Talking about The Carters and the changing landscape of album releases with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we’re talking about the way the format and release of music albums is changing (or not changing as much as expected) in the age of streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal. Does the...

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Thumbs cramping? A controller for mobile games might help

As smart phones get more powerful, mobile video games are getting increasingly sophisticated, with blockbuster titles such as “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” and “Fortnite” blurring the line between console and games you can play on phones or tablets...

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Thursday Tech Crawl: Instagram’s new channel, CapMetro meets Google Maps and more

Good Thursday to you, dear reader! Here are some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning. Instagram vs. YouTube is now a real thing Instagram on Wednesday unveiled IGTV, a project that has been rumored for months. It will allow users...

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Carver Museum and Library latest to hop on Google Fiber’s Austin gigabit-speed Community Connections

On Saturday, East Austin’s George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center held a “Let It Ring” Juneteenth celebration in advance of Tuesday’s holiday.  The event, which attracted about 600 attendees, included music, a petting zoo and games, but...

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Friday Tech Crawl: AT&T/Time Warner a done deal, key Facebook figure exits and Google’s diversity report

Happy Friday, friends! Before you sneak out early from work to catch “Incredibles 2,” check out some of the tech stories we’re reading about this morning. AT&T finalizes Time Warner acquisition Last night, AT&T announced that it has completed...

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Talking about what’s on the video game horizon, plus Apple’s anti-tech-addiction plans, on Texas Standard

It’s been too long since we checked in with the “Texas Standard” radio show, so this week, we’ve got a double feature: In case you missed it last week, we had a discussion on the new ways that Apple and Google are trying to get you to be a little...

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You’ve been whitelisted. What does that even mean?

A recent research report suggests that some Apple computers running older operating system software were made vulnerable by a miscommunication that allowed for malicious code to be flagged as fine. The mix-up was apparently caused by third-party whitelisting...

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Don’t just hang up on robocalls; report them to the FTC

If you’re like me, the volume of robocalls for things that have nothing to do with you has increased dramatically on your phone the last few years. That’s even if you’re on the National Do Not Call Registry. (I’ve never had a student loan. But boy...

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Former Stratfor CEO David Sikora launches Austin blockchain security firm, ALTR

In another indication that Austin’s roster of blockchain-related startups is growing quickly, a new firm with about 25 employees, $15 million in funding and an enviable roster of software-veteran advisors, has come out of stealth mode to launch today...

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