Omar Gallega

Texas Mutual is proud to sponsor an informative podcast series by Omar Gallaga, former tech culture writer for the Austin American-Statesman and ongoing contributor to public radio’s “Texas Standard.” Mr. Gallaga has served as a contributor for CNN.comMSNBC.com, and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and each 60-second podcast provides useful insights into the latest developments in technology.

Texas Mutual is at the forefront of the industry with technologies that help companies work safer. In addition, we’ve introduced innovations that make the workers’ comp process simpler, faster and more convenient for our policyholder owners.

Omar Gallega
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Texas Mutual is proud to sponsor an informative podcast series by Omar Gallaga, former tech culture writer for the Austin American-Statesman and ongoing contributor to public radio’s “Texas Standard.” Mr. Gallaga has served as a contributor for CNN.comMSNBC.com, and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and each 60-second podcast provides useful insights into the latest developments in technology.

Texas Mutual is at the forefront of the industry with technologies that help companies work safer. In addition, we’ve introduced innovations that make the workers’ comp process simpler, faster and more convenient for our policyholder owners.

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Episode 155: Digital License Plates Could Be a Thing!

Digital license plates that can display different kinds of information on a screen are in use in some states and Texas is considering making them legal.

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Episode 154: For Great Pictures, Wipe that Lens

One of the best ways to improve photos and videos you take with your phone is also one of the easiest – make sure the camera lens isn’t blocked by dust, smudges or any other particles.

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Episode 153: Know Your Quantum Computers

You may not understand how quantum computing works, but you should know that many tech giants are exploring the technology for future applications.

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Episode 152: Are Challenger Banks Going to Take Over?

Leaner institutions that do away with branches, ATMs and customer perks may be the future of banking for people who do all their financial transactions online.

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Episode 151: Your Boss in Your Facebook

There’s no law on the books in Texas that prevents employers from requiring employees or job applicants to hand over their social media passwords.

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Episode 150: What is a Data Center?

Texas is a major player in data centers with a large concentration of critical IT data moving through the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Episode 149: Preserving the Internet

Preserving data and artwork that has only ever existed on the internet can be a huge challenge for museums and historians.

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Episode 148: Organizing Photos and Videos

Organizing all the photos and videos that you’ve accumulated is not an easy task; but there are some practical steps you can take to get started.

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Episode 146: Cars Are Collecting More Data Than You Might Think

Cars are becoming rolling data collection centers capable of collecting information about driving habits and on-board communications.

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Episode 145: The Content Moderators

The task of determining whether content is inappropriate and should be removed from social media typically falls on automated software or employees.

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Episode 144: Tech and the Military

Google and Microsoft are among companies that have had to figure out whether their technology should be used by the U.S. military amid pressure from employees.

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Episode 143: Adaptive Game Controllers

Microsoft’s efforts to make adaptive video-game controllers mainstream have put the spotlight on physically disabled gamers and the communities making hardware to get them playing.

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Episode 142: Online is Forever

Deleting something you’ve posted online is never a guarantee that it will actually disappear forever because the internet is pretty permanent.

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Episode 140: Tech Hardware Purging

Many of us are holding on to too much tech clutter, but trust me, you don’t need to keep all those adapters, cables and extra hardware for a rainy day.

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Episode 139: The Internet… in Space!

Posting to Facebook may not be a high priority for astronauts, but a Texas firm is working to provide interplanetary internet access for future workers and tourists on the moon and Mars. 

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Episode 138: The State of Delivery Robots

Package-delivering robots are coming, but there are big challenges to making them work on public sidewalks.

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Episode 137: Putting the “Tech” in Texas Tech

Texas Tech University started as a technological college, but even as it has expanded its scope, the name has managed to remain the same.

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Episode 136: Changes in Retail Experience

Retail brick-and-mortar stores aren’t dead, and they’re evolving to offer more digital services that enhance or speed up the shopping experience.

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Episode 135: The California Poach

The Texas tech economy is growing in part thanks to many companies looking to relocate their headquarters to the state from more-expensive areas, such as Silicon Valley.

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Episode 134: The Bitcoin Reckoning

Bitcoin had a terrible year in 2018 but that doesn’t mean the ride is over for a lot of cryptocurrency investors.

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Episode 133: Cash Back and Discount Codes

Cash-back sites are taking over where coupons used to rule, saving money and cutting special deals for frugal online shoppers.

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Episode 132: DNA Kits

Despite their popularity, DNA kits that tell you more about your genetic background can carry some risks. Be aware of what those risks are before sending in a saliva sample.

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Episode 131: Texas’ Top City for Women in Tech

Based on census data, a financial services company says that Houston ranks highly as a good city for women in the tech industry.

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Episode 130: Coming Soon: A Phone That Folds Up

The next big design change for smartphones could be screens that can bend or fold like pocketbooks or wallets.

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Episode 129: Siri is Fading?

Despite having a big lead when it introduced its Siri voice assistant in 2011, Apple appears to be losing the home voice assistant battle to competitors such as Amazon and Google.

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Episode 128: Coding Academies

Short of a college degree, one way to get skills for a tech-industry job are coding academies and bootcamps.

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Episode 127: AT&T, Media Company

AT&T has toyed with entertainment production in the past, but with its acquisition of Time Warner, it’s playing in the big leagues of content creators.

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Episode 126: How to Quit Facebook

Fed up with Facebook? There are two main ways to get out of the social network: putting your account on pause or deleting it permanently.

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Episode 125: Deep Breaths, Look At Your Phone

You might be able to find some peace with some highly evolved meditation and mindfulness apps available for free on your smart hone.

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Episode 124: Your Pizzas, Upgraded

There’s a lot of technology investment happening behind the scenes at the giant pizza chain based in Texas.

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Episode 123: Is Robocall Help Finally Coming?

There’s been very little done to minimize unwanted robocalls, you may have noticed, but the FCC says it recognizes the problem and wants to take steps to address them.

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Episode 122: The Exoskeletons are Coming

Helper technologies that can assist warehouse and factory workers — lightweight exoskeletons — have gotten less expensive and perhaps more necessary.

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Episode 121: Cyberbullying in the Workplace

Corporations are required to maintain a safe work space for employees and that includes an environment free of cyberbullying.

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Episode 120: End of the Line For Game Consoles?

There may be a future where what we think of as video-game consoles become more like tiny streaming-video boxes. But we’re not quite there yet.

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Episode 119: Dell: Public to Private to Public Again

Remember that time Dell went private? After five years off the stock market, the company returned to public trading at the end of 2018.

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Episode 118: Biggest Crowdfunded Game Ever

A huge new video game in development, “Star Citizen,” has roots in Austin and more than $200 million in crowdfunding raised so far.

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Episode 117: Are Theaters Bouncing Back?

Netflix and other streaming services haven’t killed movie theaters; in fact, they had a very strong year propped up by event movies.

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Episode 116: Tech Spring Cleaning

Tech clutter can really add up. You should develop an urge to purge outdated, unused, and unnecessary tech gadgets and accessories.

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Episode 115: Lottery in Texas

A company that makes a popular lottery-tracking app has been doing so well in Texas it moved its headquarters to the state.

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Episode 114: Photo ID on Your Phone

They’re not here yet, but the option to use your phone as your driver’s license may be on the way in Texas and other states.

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Episode 113: Bad Update Blues

It’s not just you! Bad system updates can cause problems with computers or mobile phones for people just trying to keep their gadgets up to date.

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Episode 112: Finally, a Babel Fish

The idea of translating speech in real-time for conversations between two people or groups seems to be finally becoming a reality with tech from Microsoft, Google, and other tech companies.

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Episode 111: Zillow Might Sell You Your Next House

The next time you look through home listings, you may be shopping for homes owned directly by real-estate sites Zillow or Redfin.

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Episode 110: Robot Vacuums in the House!

It can be “The Jetsons” in your house with a robot vacuum. But what should you look for as you shop for one of these dirt-buster ‘bots?

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Episode 109: Mapping Airports With Robots

A San Antonio startup has been working to make the San Antonio International Airport easier to navigate with the help of its mapping robot tech.

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Episode 108: Robot Week – Texas Kids and Robots

Kids are participating in Texas robotics programs and competitions and learning valuable STEM skills along the way.

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Episode 107: Robot Week – Alexa, OK Google and Others in More Places

The range of Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant products is going beyond smart speakers. Laptops may be another new place where that tech becomes available.

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Episode 106: Robot Week – Coffee by Briggo

An Austin company has rolled out about a half dozen automated coffee-dispensing kiosks called Briggo serving on-demand coffee drinks for iOS and Android app users.

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Episode 105: Remember Power Computing?

Mac clone computers used to be a thing and they were built in Texas with Apple’s blessing. At least until Steve Jobs’ return.

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Episode 104: And Now E-Bikes

The next evolution of electric scooters might not be scooters at all; they may have opened the door for a surge in e-bike sales in large Texas cities.

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Episode 103: Austin a Tech Hub, Nation Discovers

While locals have already known it for years, Apple’s expansion in Austin has caused some around the country to discover what a tech hub the city has become.

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Episode 102: Our Internet’s Fast Too

With three cities in the top five for Internet speeds in major U.S. cities, Texas ranks highly for its download and upload rates, according to Ookla.

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Episode 101: Big in Biotech

The Texas Governor’s office says that part of the state’s strong economy can be attributed to an abundance of life science and biotech companies here.

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Episode 100: Rural Internet Still a Problem

In states with lots of wide-open spaces, such as Texas, the availability of broadband internet service is still a problem. Here’s why rural internet access is still problematic.

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Episode 099: Fake News 2.0

While social-media companies still continue to assess the damage that fake accounts and bots caused during the 2016 election cycle, there are indications that the next generation of disruptive players will be even worse.

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Episode 098: Concerts Go High-Tech

As album sales revenue dries up, top music performers are working to make their live arena shows more dynamic by adding drones, augmented reality and other technologies.

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Episode 097: Wanna Be an Influencer?

If you’ve ever dreamed of a life as a social-media influencer, someone who gets paid to promote your lifestyle, there are a few things you should know about what’s required.

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Episode 096: Maybe Don’t Upgrade

Despite the lure of new smartphones introduced every year, there are ways to extend the life of your current phone by improving battery life and freeing up data storage space.

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Episode 095: Tech Companies Helping Tech Addiction

Even major tech companies such as Google and Apple are starting to acknowledge that some of our digital-screen habits aren’t healthy. Here’s what they’re doing to promote digital wellness.

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Episode 094: VR Tourism

As virtual-reality technology improves and it becomes more accessible to more people, there’s a movement to make virtual travel and virtual history lessons available using these tools.

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Episode 093: High-Tech Military in Austin

While it’s not as well-known as a military down as San Antonio down the road, Austin scored a major victory this year by landing the U.S. Army’s Futures Command Center.

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Episode 092: Tips for When You’ve Been Hacked

If you’re one of the people who’s been the victim of a major hacking on a banking or retail site, there are resources available to help ensure your identity is protected.

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Episode 091: Coupon Sites

Some of sites that help you track down special discounts, clip online coupons and seek out cashback offers from lots of major retailers have roots in Texas.

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Episode 090: Fresh-Built Smart Homes

Home builders are going all-in with technology features that turn a regular home into a smart home. What kinds of gadgets and home improvements are being included?

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Episode 089: Subscription Family Accounts

If you want to share some of your streaming accounts or digital files you’ve purchased, some major tech companies have ways to create and share family or group accounts.

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Episode 088: Autonomous Aircraft Planning

A Texas company is helping plan the future of our skies as a huge new wave of autonomous aircraft take flight; it’s going to take a lot of artificial intelligence to make sure it happens safely.

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Episode 087: Provider Leapfrogging

The race to create new 5G-speed networks means that all the major wireless companies are jumping around in speed rankings as infrastructure and equipment improve.

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Episode 086: Online Safe Spaces for Kids

Several startups are trying to make it easier for parents to let their kids explore online. They’re meant to give children a safe space online free from harassment and adult content.

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Episode 085: Soundbars

Soundbars, which are typically a single speaker you can add to your TV to simulate surround sound, have gotten much better over the last decade or so.

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Episode 084: Blue Light Bothering You?

The blue-spectrum light given off by screens on some of your digital devices may be having a physical effect on your body and your sleep. Here’s why.

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Episode 083: App Rot

A mobile device software upgrade might bring new features, but it could also mean saying goodbye to apps that aren’t updated by developers. What’s behind “App rot?”

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Episode 082: On-Demand Repairs and Gas

If you hate dealing with your car, there’s good news: several apps and online services are designed to take the hassle out of oil changes or even filling up your gas tank.

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Episode 081: Texas is an Online Dating Hub

Texas is not only one of the most attractive places in the country for singles, it’s also a place where some of the most popular online dating services are based.

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Episode 080: Buying Wireless Headphones

Are you looking into purchasing some wireless headphones for work or play? Make sure to keep these three questions in mind while you’re shopping around for the perfect pair.

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Episode 079: Robocall Tsunami

Automated calls are on the rise, especially in Texas. Learn about what is currently being done and what you can do, to help solve this overflow of robocalls.

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Episode 078: Connected Cooking

Smart cooking gadgets are slowly making their way into kitchens across the globe. Will you be one of the first to dabble in the future of meal prep at home?

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Episode 077: Over the Air 4K?

Although it might be a few years before we see it everywhere, the free broadcast television that you would ordinarily get from an antenna, could be on its way to smart TV’s around the country.

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Episode 076: How to Deal with a Data Breach

If you’re afraid hackers might have gotten ahold of your personal information, there are things you can do to help protect yourself, and your info, from further exposure.

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Episode 075: Graphene

Listen to learn about the substance that scientists believe could mean big changes in multiple different areas of technology, and what it takes to mass produce and use it.

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Episode 074: Healthcare by Amazon?

Technology may be making its way into medical care with things like online patient portals, electronic scheduling, billing and medical records, and Amazons pursuit of prescriptions.

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Episode 073: Top Tech Company Perks

While jobs in technology are notoriously difficult, there are quite a few non-financial perks and benefits that top technology companies are making standard for their employees.

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Episode 072: Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors and Bootstrappers

Want to make sure you’re up to date with your tech lingo? Here are some important terms defined and explained so you can stay in the know.

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Episode 071: What is an Innovation District?

Companies these days aren’t only interested in growing physically, but mentally and ideologically as well. Innovation districts are how many tech companies are trying to bring more great minds together.

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Episode 070: Is Tech Addiction Real?

While scientists are still debating whether or not technology addiction is a real thing, companies in the business of making and selling electronics are getting involved in promoting healthy device use.

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Episode 069: How to Improve Conference Calls

Feel like you’re always running into problems trying to set up a conference call at work? Here’s some tips to make technology-based conference calls run a little more smoothly.

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Episode 068: The EULA Problem

Even the least technologically advanced of us have encountered an End-User License Agreement (EULA) at some point while installing or updating software. Here’s what you’re missing if you’re just scrolling ahead and clicking “Agree”.

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Episode 067: Is Being There Virtually Almost as Good?

Companies and people around the world have found convenient and practical uses for virtual reality. Listen to learn about some entertainment options that could also be making the move to VR.

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Episode 066: Why Smaller Microprocessors?

These tiny chips that run our electronic devices are getting tinier. Find out what this means for the technology that we use in both the office and at home.

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Episode 065: Mark Cuban’s Tech Start?

Although you might know a few things about Mark Cuban’s personal life and professional career, you probably don’t know exactly how he rose to the top as an entrepreneur.

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Episode 064: Warranty Sticker Shocker

Ever wonder about the repercussions of tinkering with, upgrading or self-repairing your tech gadgets? Turns out they might not be as dire as some companies want you to believe.

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Episode 063: The Wi-Fi Alliance

Meet the Texas-based nonprofit group that is working behind the scenes to help with all things Wi-Fi, from product innovations to internet and download speeds.

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Episode 062: Popularity of Fortnite

Gamer or not, there’s no doubt you haven’t heard of the video game that’s attracting millions of players from around the world. But if somehow you haven’t, here’s what it’s all about.

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Episode 061: Voice Tech Too Real?

Sometimes robots are better off sounding, well, robotic. Earlier this year, Google ran into quite a few complaints with their latest automated voice technology.

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Episode 060: Innovation Labs

When it comes to product testing, innovation labs are where the top tech companies are spending their time and money to ensure premium technology for themselves and their consumers.

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Episode 059: Migrating your Email Address

Got some old email addresses you’d like to retire? Here’s a few best practices for getting rid of old addresses safely and efficiently.

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Episode 058: 3-D printing on demand

If 3-D printing has caught your eye, there are ways to play and experiment with this new tech without committing to spending a fortune on a printer of your own.

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Episode 057: Attack of the Scooters

What is up those electric scooters? How do they work? Listen to learn about the pros and cons of the hottest new mode of transportation making their way into a few tech cities across America.

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Episode 056: Texas Instruments and the TI-84

All technology is advancing at lightning speeds, right? Learn why this particular calculator has been able to corner the market without making gigantic leaps in technology.

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