Omar L. Gallaga

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The year of yes for holiday tech gifts
 Most years, when I look at the gadgets and devices on offer for Black Friday sales and the push into Christmas, there are clear winners and losers: stuff that would make great gifts depending on your budget, and stuff you should clearly avoid. For instance, in past years, ebook readers were solid choices as gifts, but 4K TVs suffered from...

Posted: 3 days ago

Most years, when I look at the gadgets and devices on offer for Black Friday sales and the push into Christmas, there are clear winners and losers: stuff that would make great gifts depending on your budget, and stuff you should clearly avoid. For instance, in past years, ebook readers were solid choices as gifts, but 4K TVs suffered from...
Wednesday Tech Crawl: What experts got wrong about Bitcoin, Apple’s new Texas investment and threading added to Twitter 
 Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning: It takes a strong columnist to admit they were completely wrong, but that’s what business writer Kevin Roose is doing over at the New York Times, enumerating the way he missed the boat four years ago on the phenomenon that is Bitcoin...

Posted: 4 days ago

Happy Hump Day, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re taking a look at this morning: It takes a strong columnist to admit they were completely wrong, but that’s what business writer Kevin Roose is doing over at the New York Times, enumerating the way he missed the boat four years ago on the phenomenon that is Bitcoin...
‘PUBG’ finally arrives on a game console, ‘Fallout 4’ goes VR
 “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Game Preview Edition.” The incredibly popular PC game, a “Hunger Games”-like battle royal that has sold 20 million copies, finally arrives on a game console. The game contains graphical enhancements for the new Xbox One X and has the unusual distinction of being one of the few major...

Posted: 4 days ago

“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Game Preview Edition.” The incredibly popular PC game, a “Hunger Games”-like battle royal that has sold 20 million copies, finally arrives on a game console. The game contains graphical enhancements for the new Xbox One X and has the unusual distinction of being one of the few major...
Talking about ways to protect kids online with Texas Standard 
 This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about some strategies for keeping kids safe online, especially in light of recent problems on YouTube with adult-themed videos targeted at kids. You can find the segment, which includes resources and advice, on the Texas Standard website, or listen to to the audio...

Posted: 8 days ago

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about some strategies for keeping kids safe online, especially in light of recent problems on YouTube with adult-themed videos targeted at kids. You can find the segment, which includes resources and advice, on the Texas Standard website, or listen to to the audio...
Friday Tech Crawl: snow day, yes, but also a HomeKit security issue, a hot Bitcoin app and living in Amazon’s bubble
 Who cares about tech news, it snowed in Austin last night, can you believe it!? You can? You still want some tech news, rounded up? All right, fine, but we’re going out and making a snowman after this. According to 9to5Mac and other sites, a serious security flaw in Apple’s HomeKit software could allow remote hackers...

Posted: 9 days ago

Who cares about tech news, it snowed in Austin last night, can you believe it!? You can? You still want some tech news, rounded up? All right, fine, but we’re going out and making a snowman after this. According to 9to5Mac and other sites, a serious security flaw in Apple’s HomeKit software could allow remote hackers...
ILYSM Ep. 22: Yoga with Adriene, Blue Genie Art Bazaar and fitness advice from Erica Nix
 Adriene Mishler started making yoga videos for YouTube in 2012, and in five years, she’s grown own of the largest yoga communities on the internet. Nearly 3 million people subscribe to her Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel, where she’ll be rolling out her fourth annual 30 Days of Yoga series next month. The actress and...

Posted: 9 days ago

Adriene Mishler started making yoga videos for YouTube in 2012, and in five years, she’s grown own of the largest yoga communities on the internet. Nearly 3 million people subscribe to her Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel, where she’ll be rolling out her fourth annual 30 Days of Yoga series next month. The actress and...
With free ‘Wander’ project, artists want you to choose your own downtown Austin adventure
 One of the joys of the old “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, popular in the 1980s and 1990s, was the dead ends. In the series of books, flipping to a page to continue the story could result in your character’s death. But you could always backtrack and take an alternate path and see where the story would go if you had...

Posted: 9 days ago

One of the joys of the old “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, popular in the 1980s and 1990s, was the dead ends. In the series of books, flipping to a page to continue the story could result in your character’s death. But you could always backtrack and take an alternate path and see where the story would go if you had...
Rear-view cameras and other new-car features you can add to older vehicles
 If you’ve been coveting some of the tech features you’d typically find in newer cars but you’re determined to hang on to an older vehicle you love, you can split the difference with some smart aftermarket upgrades. For instance, I get a lot of use out of my car’s built-in rear-view camera: it ensures I won&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

If you’ve been coveting some of the tech features you’d typically find in newer cars but you’re determined to hang on to an older vehicle you love, you can split the difference with some smart aftermarket upgrades. For instance, I get a lot of use out of my car’s built-in rear-view camera: it ensures I won&rsquo...
Friday Tech Crawl: new features for Alexa and Google Home, Disney suing Redbox and crying Nintendo kid still crying
 Happy Friday, everybody! Here are some tech stories we’re following on this first day of December(!).  The race to make smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home more useful continues as both Amazon and Google introduced some new features for their product lines. Google has added local home services to Home, which...

Posted: 16 days ago

Happy Friday, everybody! Here are some tech stories we’re following on this first day of December(!).  The race to make smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home more useful continues as both Amazon and Google introduced some new features for their product lines. Google has added local home services to Home, which...
ILYSM Ep. 21: Esther Perel on love, relationships and infidelity
 It’s time to do a deep dive on your relationships and coupledom. And to do it, this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much” presents a renowned expert in the field. Esther Perel, the Belgian couples therapist whose podcast “Where Should We Begin?” has become a sensation, is a guest this week on our show...

Posted: 16 days ago

It’s time to do a deep dive on your relationships and coupledom. And to do it, this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much” presents a renowned expert in the field. Esther Perel, the Belgian couples therapist whose podcast “Where Should We Begin?” has become a sensation, is a guest this week on our show...