Omar L. Gallaga

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More human than ‘Humans,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ concludes with the hope of big ideas
 Like a lot of television shows that go on to do great things, AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” started off a little rough.  Its first season, which debuted in June 2014 a few months after screening at South by Southwest, was a fictionalized account of the nerdy North Texas computer industry of the early 1980s. As they...

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Like a lot of television shows that go on to do great things, AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” started off a little rough.  Its first season, which debuted in June 2014 a few months after screening at South by Southwest, was a fictionalized account of the nerdy North Texas computer industry of the early 1980s. As they...
South by Southwest releases list of more than 700 panels, adds two-day blockchain series
 South by Southwest has announced the bulk of its March 2018 programming in a panel drop Monday, adding a two-day series of blockchain-related panels and more spread over 24 different tracks. The blockchain programming, focused on the tech behind cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum, will take place March 14-15 in the Startup &...

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South by Southwest has announced the bulk of its March 2018 programming in a panel drop Monday, adding a two-day series of blockchain-related panels and more spread over 24 different tracks. The blockchain programming, focused on the tech behind cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum, will take place March 14-15 in the Startup &...
Texas Standard: auto tech races on, despite speed bumps
 This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we revisited a popular topic: technology in our vehicles and the inevitable rise of self-driving cars. We discussed a recent 512tech story about in-car mobile payments, Tesla and more. Check it out! You can listen to the segment on the Texas Standard website or in the file...

Posted: 4 days ago

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we revisited a popular topic: technology in our vehicles and the inevitable rise of self-driving cars. We discussed a recent 512tech story about in-car mobile payments, Tesla and more. Check it out! You can listen to the segment on the Texas Standard website or in the file...
What happens when Facebook’s Order Food joins the restaurant-delivery scene?
 The on-demand economy continues to get more demanding: Friday morning, Facebook is announcing its getting into the food-delivery game, at least as a conduit to existing delivery options. With the introduction of a new feature, “Order Food” that debuts today, Facebook users will be able to browse restaurant options and place...

Posted: 4 days ago

The on-demand economy continues to get more demanding: Friday morning, Facebook is announcing its getting into the food-delivery game, at least as a conduit to existing delivery options. With the introduction of a new feature, “Order Food” that debuts today, Facebook users will be able to browse restaurant options and place...
Why do some VR headsets still need wires?
 This week, Facebook’s Oculus VR announced that it will release a $199 VR headset next year that doesn’t require a phone, a Windows PC or even wires attached to anything to operate. That’s a far cry from the $399 flagship Oculus Rift, a very powerful piece of equipment that requires a tether to a nearby computer. With wireless...

Posted: 5 days ago

This week, Facebook’s Oculus VR announced that it will release a $199 VR headset next year that doesn’t require a phone, a Windows PC or even wires attached to anything to operate. That’s a far cry from the $399 flagship Oculus Rift, a very powerful piece of equipment that requires a tether to a nearby computer. With wireless...
An Austin reader charmingly turns a tech reporter into the ‘Department of Strange Tech Questions’
 One day, I found two identically addressed letters in my work mailbox. My name wasn’t on either envelope. Instead, they were each addressed to the Austin American-Statesman’s “Department of Strange Tech Questions.” And so they came to me. Both letters were written on 3/8-inch graph paper in small, but perfectly neat...

Posted: 5 days ago

One day, I found two identically addressed letters in my work mailbox. My name wasn’t on either envelope. Instead, they were each addressed to the Austin American-Statesman’s “Department of Strange Tech Questions.” And so they came to me. Both letters were written on 3/8-inch graph paper in small, but perfectly neat...
Thursday Tech Crawl: Conversable and Shake Shack pilot new software version, new Oculus VR hardware and Alexa’s new family values
 Happy Thursday, Austin! Here’s some tech news for you: If you’ve been following our stories about chatbots, you’re probably already familiar with Conversable, a company based in Austin and Dallas that’s been doing work for companies including Marvel Comics, Pizza Hut and Whole Foods to bring conversational...

Posted: 5 days ago

Happy Thursday, Austin! Here’s some tech news for you: If you’ve been following our stories about chatbots, you’re probably already familiar with Conversable, a company based in Austin and Dallas that’s been doing work for companies including Marvel Comics, Pizza Hut and Whole Foods to bring conversational...
The Department of Strange Tech Questions
An excerpt from letters sent in to the Austin American-Statesman from a reader named Barbara Ann Wilson

Posted: 6 days ago

An excerpt from letters sent in to the Austin American-Statesman from a reader named Barbara Ann Wilson
Cardtek co-founder: Get ready for cars that can make mobile payments for you
 Your next mobile wallet could be a bit larger than your cell phone. In fact, it could be large enough to drive around. We could soon be seeing automobiles that seamlessly integrate ways to make payments on things like drive-thru food, car washes and gas with wireless hardware built into the car. That’s an idea that will be explored...

Posted: 7 days ago

Your next mobile wallet could be a bit larger than your cell phone. In fact, it could be large enough to drive around. We could soon be seeing automobiles that seamlessly integrate ways to make payments on things like drive-thru food, car washes and gas with wireless hardware built into the car. That’s an idea that will be explored...