Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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‘Monster Hunter: World’ and ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ bringing the battles this week in new games

New video games out this week: “Monster Hunter: World.” (Out Friday) Capcom’s “Monster Hunter” series returns with what the game’s developers are calling a huge open-world ecosystem that allows players to interact with environments and wildlife more...

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Austin Answered: What’s the story behind Austin’s ‘Ramp of Mystery’?

If you search on Google Maps for “Ramp of Mystery,” a curious Southeast Austin landmark appears, a concrete structure that leads to nowhere, sitting in an overgrown field.  It’s a steep ramp with too much of an incline to walk up easily. To the...

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Talking about tech for freezing weather on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we bundled up in our winter coats and discussed some of the tech implications of the freezing temperatures we had this week. What are some of the best tech-infused ice scrapers, should you get a remote...

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Austin’s Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3D, takes $1 million WeWork Creator prize

An Austin entrepreneur whose company has been focused on industrial 3D printers for emerging countries, won a $1 million award Wednesday night. Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3D, was one of two $1 million winners at the WeWork Creator Awards Global...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Apple and Amazon HQ2 talk, layoffs at Snap and the post-headphone-jack era is fragmented

Happy Friday, Austin! You survived a massive snowstorm that wasn’t this week. But can you make it to the weekend. We believe in you! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following right now: To HQ2 or not to HQ2?  It’s been a busy week for Austin...

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Recovering loved one’s data after death likely won’t be easy

A reader, Rick, asks, “A friend’s brother died suddenly. The family needs access to his iPhone and MacBook but have no idea what his passwords are. Is there a procedure to request Apple to unlock the devices? Is there a third party that can do this?”...

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‘Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition’ and ‘Kirby Battle Royale’ among the year’s first big new releases

New video games out this week: “Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.” For fighting fans, there’ll be enough tweaks, fine tuning, new modes and new/returning downloadable characters to make this a worth update to last year’s “SFV.” Best of all, if you...

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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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