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Digital Savant

Digital Savant

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

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Want to get involved in SXSW? Try submitting a panel

Submitting to SXSW Panel Picker? Take our advice

Want to submit a panel to SXSW that will get selected and earn you a festival badge? Heed these words of wisdom.

RIP MP3? Transition to streaming is speeding up

Column: is it time for MP3s to R.I.P.?

In this week's Digital Savant column, we look at whether it's the end of the line for not only physical media but for some kinds of digital files as well.

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"Wii Sports Club" for Wii U

Remakes of 'Wii Sports' and 'Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee' top this week's game releases

A retail version of Wii U's 'Sports Club' and a revamped 'Oddworld' lead a slow week of video-game releases.

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Lexar card reader

Micro: can a card-reader device hold data?

A reader asks whether a memory card-reading device can be used to store files on its own.

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Let it ride: SXSW V2V plugs along in second Vegas year

More intimate SXSW Interactive festival appears to hold steady in attendance and content for year two.

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A tech helper who makes house calls

Column: tech helper demystifies the digital

An Austin business owner uses her teaching experience to help people with their tech problems.

"Abyss Odyssey"

'Abyss Odyssey,' 'Magic' update new in games this week

Indie game "Abyss Odyssey" and a "Magic: The Gathering" annual update lead this week's video game releases.

Netflix streaming issues may not be due to slow Internet

Micro: how do you fix a balky Netflix stream?

A reader asks whether slow Internet could be causing streaming problems for Netflix.

RTX 2014

Sights, sounds and crowdfunding goals at RTX 2014

The annual RTX convention draws more than 30,000, film project sets Indiegogo record.

GALLAGA: Ranks of women-in-tech groups growing in AustinMeetups and classes teach skills and address gender issues in tech

Column: women-in-tech groups growing in Austin

Groups in Austin to train and support women in technology fields have had strong growth in the last year, organizers say.

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"Sniper Elite III"

'Sniper Elite III' and portable 'Child of Light' new in games

This week's new releases include "Sniper Elite III" and a PlayStation Vita version of "Child of Light" in video games.

Android TV at Google I/O

Micro: Google tries television again with Android TV

Google rolls out new TV software (again?) at its I/O developer conference along with other innovations that take Android to new places.

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GALLAGA: Future of tech may include virtual reality, vaporized spirits

Column: what you missed at Engadget Live on Friday

A touring expo makes its first stop and Austin startups steal the show with virtual reality and new takes on old spirits.

"Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark"

'Transformers' and 'Xblaze Code' among new game releases

New "Transformers" game and "BlazBlue" prequel "Xblaze Code: Embryo" are new in game releases this week.

New emoji on the way

Micro: hey texting addicts, get ready for 250 new emoji characters

By as early as July, texting addicts may have new emoji options.

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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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