Omar L. Gallaga

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Friday Tech Crawl: AT&T/Time Warner a done deal, key Facebook figure exits and Google’s diversity report
 Happy Friday, friends! Before you sneak out early from work to catch “Incredibles 2,” check out some of the tech stories we’re reading about this morning. Last night, AT&T announced that it has completed its massive, $85 billion pickup of Time Warner after a federal judge approved the move. The U.S. Justice Department...

Posted: 3 days ago

Happy Friday, friends! Before you sneak out early from work to catch “Incredibles 2,” check out some of the tech stories we’re reading about this morning. Last night, AT&T announced that it has completed its massive, $85 billion pickup of Time Warner after a federal judge approved the move. The U.S. Justice Department...
Talking about what’s on the video game horizon, plus Apple’s anti-tech-addiction plans, on Texas Standard
 It’s been too long since we checked in with the “Texas Standard” radio show, so this week, we’ve got a double feature: In case you missed it last week, we had a discussion on the new ways that Apple and Google are trying to get you to be a little less addicted to your gadgets (smart phones, mostly). What do future...

Posted: 3 days ago

It’s been too long since we checked in with the “Texas Standard” radio show, so this week, we’ve got a double feature: In case you missed it last week, we had a discussion on the new ways that Apple and Google are trying to get you to be a little less addicted to your gadgets (smart phones, mostly). What do future...
You’ve been whitelisted. What does that even mean?
 A recent research report suggests that some Apple computers running older operating system software were made vulnerable by a miscommunication that allowed for malicious code to be flagged as fine. The mix-up was apparently caused by third-party whitelisting software. But what is “Whitelisting?” in a nutshell, it’s the opposite...

Posted: 4 days ago

A recent research report suggests that some Apple computers running older operating system software were made vulnerable by a miscommunication that allowed for malicious code to be flagged as fine. The mix-up was apparently caused by third-party whitelisting software. But what is “Whitelisting?” in a nutshell, it’s the opposite...
Don’t just hang up on robocalls; report them to the FTC
 If you’re like me, the volume of robocalls for things that have nothing to do with you has increased dramatically on your phone the last few years. That’s even if you’re on the National Do Not Call Registry.  (I’ve never had a student loan. But boy do these robocallers want to help me resolve my student-loan debt.) ...

Posted: 11 days ago

If you’re like me, the volume of robocalls for things that have nothing to do with you has increased dramatically on your phone the last few years. That’s even if you’re on the National Do Not Call Registry. (I’ve never had a student loan. But boy do these robocallers want to help me resolve my student-loan debt.) ...
Former Stratfor CEO David Sikora launches Austin blockchain security firm, ALTR
 In another indication that Austin’s roster of blockchain-related startups is growing quickly, a new firm with about 25 employees, $15 million in funding and an enviable roster of software-veteran advisors, has come out of stealth mode to launch today. ALTR, which is focused on using the underlying blockchain technology that caught fire...

Posted: 11 days ago

In another indication that Austin’s roster of blockchain-related startups is growing quickly, a new firm with about 25 employees, $15 million in funding and an enviable roster of software-veteran advisors, has come out of stealth mode to launch today. ALTR, which is focused on using the underlying blockchain technology that caught fire...
Talking about Trump, China and tech company ZTE with Texas Standard
 This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed in a tech segment the ongoing saga about ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications and electronics maker that could be saved from doom by the president after the U.S. Department of Commerce took action against the company for various reasons. This comes against the backdrop...

Posted: 16 days ago

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we discussed in a tech segment the ongoing saga about ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications and electronics maker that could be saved from doom by the president after the U.S. Department of Commerce took action against the company for various reasons. This comes against the backdrop...
At Austin Central Library, hands-on gadget time drives the Tech Petting Zoo
 By now, even if you haven’t visited, you’ve probably already heard a lot about the Austin Central Library: its unusual architecture, its plentiful meeting spaces, the enormous amount of print and digital offerings. But you might not have heard about the Technology Petting Zoo. Sitting up on the fifth floor (you can do it!...

Posted: 16 days ago

By now, even if you haven’t visited, you’ve probably already heard a lot about the Austin Central Library: its unusual architecture, its plentiful meeting spaces, the enormous amount of print and digital offerings. But you might not have heard about the Technology Petting Zoo. Sitting up on the fifth floor (you can do it!...
Spire Studio samples music-studio magic in deceptively simple package
 There are all kinds of ways that technology has improved the process of creating and consuming audio over the past 20 years. Wireless headphones, easier sound editing, streaming music services and the built-in recording capabilities of smart phones are just a few of them. But if you walk into any professional music studio or even a room where...

Posted: 16 days ago

There are all kinds of ways that technology has improved the process of creating and consuming audio over the past 20 years. Wireless headphones, easier sound editing, streaming music services and the built-in recording capabilities of smart phones are just a few of them. But if you walk into any professional music studio or even a room where...
Friday Tech Crawl: Apple WWDC preview, ATX Hack for Change and a cyberattack at Ticketfly
 Happy Friday! Here are some of the tech news stories and events we’re taking a glance at today: Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference starts Monday and while it is sometimes an occasion for the world’s biggest tech company to roll out new gadgets, analysts are expecting a more subdued presentation focused on software...

Posted: 17 days ago

Happy Friday! Here are some of the tech news stories and events we’re taking a glance at today: Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference starts Monday and while it is sometimes an occasion for the world’s biggest tech company to roll out new gadgets, analysts are expecting a more subdued presentation focused on software...
Reader wants to know: where are the personal tech coaches?
 A reader asks: “What's the best way to find a regular technology coach? Like a personal trainer, but for a senior citizen needing regular one-to-one education/support.  Not wanting to learn hardware or coding, but basic (very basic) stuff on Android phone, desktop computer, maybe laptop. I don't want to take classes.” This...

Posted: 18 days ago

A reader asks: “What's the best way to find a regular technology coach? Like a personal trainer, but for a senior citizen needing regular one-to-one education/support. Not wanting to learn hardware or coding, but basic (very basic) stuff on Android phone, desktop computer, maybe laptop. I don't want to take classes.” This...