Omar L. Gallaga

Technology Culture Reporter

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Amber is the color of your Swanwick blue-light-blocking glasses
 The screens, it turns out, don’t want you to sleep. Computer monitors, mobile phone screens, 4K HDTVs, the screen at the gas pump blaring ads and infotainment at you while you fuel up, they are at the ready at all times. They want your stare, to draw your eyeballs. And, it turns out, there might be more to it than the time and attention...

Posted: 20 hours ago

The screens, it turns out, don’t want you to sleep. Computer monitors, mobile phone screens, 4K HDTVs, the screen at the gas pump blaring ads and infotainment at you while you fuel up, they are at the ready at all times. They want your stare, to draw your eyeballs. And, it turns out, there might be more to it than the time and attention...
Economic historian: Don’t blame tech for the gig economy sea change
 Happy Monday morning, Austin! Here, in our revamped-format Tech Crawl, we take a look at some of the stories we’re most interested in sharing. Grab that second cup of coffee and let’s catch up: The best story I read this morning wasn’t a news item or trend piece, it was an opinion column from Louis Hyman, director...

Posted: 23 hours ago

Happy Monday morning, Austin! Here, in our revamped-format Tech Crawl, we take a look at some of the stories we’re most interested in sharing. Grab that second cup of coffee and let’s catch up: The best story I read this morning wasn’t a news item or trend piece, it was an opinion column from Louis Hyman, director...
On Texas Standard: protecting yourself from hackers and identity thieves
 This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we’re discussing what to do when the inevitable happens: an e-commerce company, bank or social-media site you use gets hacked. We share some tips on where to go and how to protect yourself if your data has been exposed. You can listen to the segment below or check it out...

Posted: 3 days ago

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we’re discussing what to do when the inevitable happens: an e-commerce company, bank or social-media site you use gets hacked. We share some tips on where to go and how to protect yourself if your data has been exposed. You can listen to the segment below or check it out...
ILYSM Ep. 54: Joshua Bingaman on following his passions with Helm Boots and Progress Coffee
 What if you followed your dream, no matter how unlikely it was and how many people told you it was crazy? Joshua Bingaman did it twice, creating two uniquely Austin businesses, Progress Coffee and Helm Boots. In this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast,” Joshua tells co-hosts Tolly Moseley and...

Posted: 4 days ago

What if you followed your dream, no matter how unlikely it was and how many people told you it was crazy? Joshua Bingaman did it twice, creating two uniquely Austin businesses, Progress Coffee and Helm Boots. In this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast,” Joshua tells co-hosts Tolly Moseley and...
Do you need a security key or is that just the paranoia talking?
 Our personal data is in so many places online, whether we want it there or not, that it’s become time to stop asking whether we’ll ever be hacked and accept that it’s just a matter of when and how badly. With that in mind, you can think about the risks you face if your emails, your Social Security number or your electronic...

Posted: 4 days ago

Our personal data is in so many places online, whether we want it there or not, that it’s become time to stop asking whether we’ll ever be hacked and accept that it’s just a matter of when and how badly. With that in mind, you can think about the risks you face if your emails, your Social Security number or your electronic...
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Posted: 5 days ago

Twitter finally acts on Alex Jones, but takes only half measures 
 Happy Wednesday! In Tech Crawl, we’re sharing some of the tech stories we’re eyeing this morning. After a week of criticism, social-media giant Twitter finally did something about Infowars host and Austin celebrity(?) Alex Jones. Jones is facing a one-week suspension for linking to a video that was said to promote...

Posted: 6 days ago

Happy Wednesday! In Tech Crawl, we’re sharing some of the tech stories we’re eyeing this morning. After a week of criticism, social-media giant Twitter finally did something about Infowars host and Austin celebrity(?) Alex Jones. Jones is facing a one-week suspension for linking to a video that was said to promote...
Texas Standard: is it the MoviePassapocalypse and was it always too good to be true?
 This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discuss the recent sweeping changes happening with MoviePass and whether the brief window of time when you could watch a movie a day for $10 a month is now over. Also: what other online deals once seemed too good to be true? You can listen to the tech segment below or check...

Posted: 10 days ago

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discuss the recent sweeping changes happening with MoviePass and whether the brief window of time when you could watch a movie a day for $10 a month is now over. Also: what other online deals once seemed too good to be true? You can listen to the tech segment below or check...
Hey, minimalists: soundbars are totally still a thing
 Time was that if you wanted to good surround sound for your home theater, you set up a ton of speakers (five or seven, typically, plus a subwoofer), ran miles of wire and hid your dirty audio deeds with cable wraps and moulding. Wireless rear speakers helped, but some people just don’t want a lot of speakers around. Soundbars, which...

Posted: 11 days ago

Time was that if you wanted to good surround sound for your home theater, you set up a ton of speakers (five or seven, typically, plus a subwoofer), ran miles of wire and hid your dirty audio deeds with cable wraps and moulding. Wireless rear speakers helped, but some people just don’t want a lot of speakers around. Soundbars, which...
TaskUs, growing in Austin and San Antonio, gets $250 million equity investment
 A Santa Monica-based business-services company that has been beefing up its presence in Central Texas on Thursday announced a $250 million equity investment from Blackstone. TaskUs  runs its operations out of Austin because its two co-founders, Bryce Maddock and Jaspar Weir, both live here. It employees a team of nine here. The...

Posted: 11 days ago

A Santa Monica-based business-services company that has been beefing up its presence in Central Texas on Thursday announced a $250 million equity investment from Blackstone. TaskUs  runs its operations out of Austin because its two co-founders, Bryce Maddock and Jaspar Weir, both live here. It employees a team of nine here. The...