Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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Talking with Texas Standard about the implications of Amazon HQ2 for Austin and Dallas

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we revisited a trio of recent 512tech stories about how Austinites and the state of Texas might be impacted if Amazon chooses Austin or Dallas as its second headquarters, bringing 50,000 new jobs and...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown secret, more Amazon Go stores and Kylie Jenner’s costly Snapchat diss

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading this morning:  Did Intel wait too long providing security intel? Reuters and others are reporting on a series of letters sent by tech companies to the government detailing what...

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Have esports reached the tipping point? 

Are esports, events where spectators watch professional video-game players compete, finally going mainstream in Texas and the rest of the United States? Given the popularity of the recently launched Overwatch League, TV networks such as TBS, NBC and ESPN...

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In new South Austin development, smart homes come with a roommate: Alexa

“Alexa, I’m home.” The command, given at the entry foyer of a model home in South Austin’s Enclave at Estancia, does a few things. Amazon’s voice-recognition technology, which is in a variety of devices in many homes, in this case is triggering a...

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VR journalist Nonny de la Peña added as SXSW keynote; Bernie Sanders and Schwarzenegger coming, too

South by Southwest on Wednesday afternoon announced another keynote speaker for the March festival and conference as well as several featured speakers including U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger...

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From education to transportation to cost of living, weighing the impact Amazon’s HQ2 could have on Austin -- and its people

By now, it’s common knowledge that Austin is a potential site for Amazon’s planned second headquarters. The Austin area is one of 20 finalists in the U.S. and Canada where the online retailer could build the project known as HQ2, a development expected...

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Friday Tech Crawl: watchdogs target FCC and Sinclair, Google removes ‘View Image’ option and does holding up your phone do anything for reception?

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching early today: Investigation targets FCC and Sinclair Broadcasting The New York Times is reporting that the committee that oversees the Federal Communications Commission launched...

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Talking with Texas Standard about high-tech ways to watch the Winter Olympics

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about new ways to watch the Winter Olympics, including viewing broadcasts in 4K quality and getting a virtual-reality view of the sports. Unfortunately, there are lots of hoops to jump through...

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Ads showing up on your phone unexpectedly? Try these tips

A friend of mine using an Android phone recently found that some apps, particularly social media ones, were starting up with full-screen ads attached and displaying more ads when she quit out of them. The problem started when she did a recent update...

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