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Digital Savant

Digital Savant

Digital Savant is Omar L. Gallaga's tech culture blog.

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"Swype" for iPhone

Slow typists get an assist with "SwiftKey" and "Swype" on iOS 8

Apple now allows third-party keyboards on its mobile operating system. Prepare to increase typing speeds!

GALLAGA: Weighing right and wrong as technologies take hold

Column: thinking about right and wrong amid tech's excess

New technology can afford us opportunities to get away with more than we should. Can we keep ourselves in check?

Video game releases and things to do on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and beyond

'Wasteland 2' and new 'Naruto' hit video game shelves this week

A crowdfunded "Wasteland 2" and a ninja battle "Naruto Shippuden" game highlight this week's new video game releases.

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Micro: Reader asks for a travel-friendly way to store photos

Micro: what's a travel-friendly way to store photos?

A reader asks about ways to make a backup from a camera's memory card without a computer.

Apple Watch

Live coverage: Apple Watch, larger iPhones unveiled

Updates on today's Apple event, featuring new iPhones and maybe other surprises.

GALLAGA: Taking the ‘social’ out of ‘social networks’

Column: post-Ferguson, social schisms growing on Facebook and Twitter

In this week's Digital Savant columns, we ask whether social media users are isolating themselves from the outside world by blocking conflicting opinions and uncomfortable news.


Long-awaited 'Destiny' and 'NHL 15' new in games this week

Bungie's action game "Destiny" and a this year's "NHL" game are the highlights of this week's video game releases.

July 25, 2014

'Walking Dead' creator, tech luminaries added to SXSW lineup

"Walking Dead" writer Robert Kirkman, Momofuku chef and two advocates for women in tech among speakers added to SXSW Interactive 2015 lineup.

Samsung Note Edge

Samsung gets edgy in advance of Apple announcements

This week Samsung introduced several new products just as Apple gears up for a new iPhone. One of them caught our eye.

Gallaga: Video-game spectating catches on

Column: A few more TV options for cord cutters

In this week's Digital Savant column, I take a look at Tablo, a device to record over-the-air high-definition broadcasts.

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"The Sims 4"

'Sims 4' and 'Dance Central Spotlight' new in games this week

"The Sims" return in a new, more emotional edition and "Dance Central" goes downloadable for Xbox One Kinect.


Micro: what is Instagram's new 'Hyperlapse?'

Instagram's free new app allows for time-lapse videos while smoothing out shaky footage.


Daily Dot and Rooster Teeth launch e-sports show 'Leaderboard'

The two Austin media companies take to YouTube together for a new show focused on electronics sports.

Gallaga: Austin’s ‘Intergalactic Nemesis’ targets the digital mainstream

Column: Austin-bred 'Nemesis' pushes into digital to crack mainstream

The long-running live-action graphic novel series gets into podcasting, webisodes and digital comics.

"Madden 15"

'Madden 15,' 'Layton' / 'Phoenix Wright' crossover new in games

The latest edition of the "Madden" NFL football juggernaut and a Nintendo 3DS crossover of "Professor Layton" and "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney" are new in video games this week.

Omar L. Gallaga

Omar L. Gallaga writes about technology culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He was a technology correspondent for NPR's "All Things Considered," helping originate the All Tech Considered segment and blog.


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