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 75: 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 74: 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 73: 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 72: 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 71: 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 70: 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 69: 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 68: 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 67: 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 66: 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 65: 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 64: 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 63: 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 62: 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 61: 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 60: 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 59: 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 58: 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 57: 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 56: 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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Episode 55: Ads in your Phone

With ad blockers now popular when browsing the internet from a computer, what can be done on your mobile device? Listen for some tips to help you navigate and even dodge mobile ads.

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Episode 54: Embrace Emoji

Do you absolutely avoid using emojis in any text-based conversations? Find out some of your emoji adoption options If you’re looking to add more fun visuals to your conversations.

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Episode 53: Voicemail’s Texas Roots

Voicemail has its own story you can trace back to the Lone Star State. Learn about the man behind voicemail and his many ties to Texas.

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Episode 52: Aging in Place Tech

Older generations are getting their own fair share of tech products to help them continue to live independently. Find out some of the gadgets tech companies have made to help.

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Episode 51: Phone Data Purge

Running out of storage space on your phone and not quite ready to buy a device with more memory? Take advantage of the following tips to free up some room.

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Episode 50: New-car Features for Older Cars

Your current car might have a softer spot in your heart and wallet. But do you feel like you’re missing out on some of the gadgets you could be enjoying? Discover what adds on you can potentially include in your older car.

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Episode 49: Crypto vs. Gamers

If you’re a graphic designer or gamer, have you been wondering why the prices for graphics cards are soaring up? Learn more about cryptocurrency’s role in their escalating demand.

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Episode 48: Alexa, But Local

Need help finding an Italian restaurant close to your home? Or how about when a store closes? Call on Alexa to help you quickly find out information on local businesses.

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Episode 47: Texas Power Shortage

With Texas’ surging population, demand could soon max out our energy supplies. What could happen if we max out our electrical grid?

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Episode 46: How’s Your Profile Photo?

Your profile photo could be preventing you from advancing your career. Discover one website that helps give you a second opinion along with tips to create a positive profile photo.

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Episode 45: Safe Baby Monitors

Did you know baby monitors are hackable? Take advantage of these tips from experts to help you avoid eavesdropping on your baby monitor.

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Episode 44: RIP MP3

In the span of less than a decade, MP3s ended up in the dust next to cassettes and walkmans. One particularly surprising group has even determined MP3 files are no longer necessary.

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Episode 43: Range Anxiety

For all the benefits of electric vehicles, range anxiety has emerged. Learn more about what many experts believe is one of the largest obstacles to EV adoption and solutions that Tesla is incorporating.

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Episode 42: Spotting a Unicorn

The true unicorns in the startup and business landscape are hard to come by. But do you know when the tech industry started using the term?

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Episode 41: Predicting Trouble

An Austin-based company is helping other businesses predict what was once nearly unpredictable. Find out how artificial intelligence is spotting potential problems ahead for companies across many different verticals.

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Episode 40: Passes

Some startups are disrupting the way we can buy what we already enjoy. Find out how you can potentially save more on your favorite activities by purchasing different passes in advance.

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Episode 39: Hooray for Cobalt

Did you know how essential of an element cobalt is to your daily life? Find out how tech companies are using it now and planning to leverage it further with the next generation of products.

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Episode 38: Telecommuting

Thinking of making the move to working from home? Keep in mind the following tips to help you maintain a work/life balance and still stay connected to the rest of your team.

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Episode 37: Data after Death

You may not be thinking of this now, but have you ever considered what happens to your data once you’re gone? Consider the following to help you manage your data and digital footprint.

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Episode 36: Smart Homes Smarter

Making your home smarter hasn’t just made managing appliances easier, it’s providing comfort and convenience. Discover how to keep your smart home products connected and how new homes are making installations easier.

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Episode 35: 5G

Ready for your phone’s connection to get the next big upgrade to 5G? Find out the latest news on the 5G Networks and where in Texas that AT&T may pilot it.

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Episode 34: Pitch Me

Looking for help launching a new business? Whether you’re looking for funding or just a mentor who has been there and done that, learn about local pitch opportunities in Texas.

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Episode 33: Problematic Wi-Fi

Does the internet speed at your home feel throttled? It could be your Wi-Fi router – here are a few tips to help you troubleshoot a spotty internet connection.

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Episode 32: Data Veracity

How can companies make the most informed business decisions if their data is compromised? Find out some of the ways you can double-check the accuracy of your big data.

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Episode 31: Online Grocery Delivery

Looking to avoid the Sunday rush at the grocery store? Here are a few online delivery options that come to your doorstep or car curbside in Texas.

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Episode 30: Mac vs. PCs Lives On

The never-ending debate of Mac versus Windows continues on today. If you’re thinking of switching to a different operating system, keep in mind the following tidbits.

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Episode 28: 9-1-1 and Cell Phones

A call drop is a disaster during an emergency. Find out some of the latest phone improvements and developments under way making calling 9-1-1 more reliable.

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Episode 27: Your Location, GPS and Ads

When needing turn-by-turn directions, having your location settings enabled is helpful. But how do you adjust them so your data isn’t turned into ad dollars?

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Episode 26: Hyperloop Travel

Elon Musk and other key players in tech are itching to build a hyperloop to connect our major cities. So where is the state of Texas currently in the development process?

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Episode 25: Biometric Scanning

What’s the most difficult thing to replicate that can serve as a password? Learn about the pros and cons of biometric scanning.

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Episode 24: Your Privacy Versus New Tech

With all the convenience technology brings us, your privacy can be compromised. Listen now for tips to help you ward off digital intrusion.

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Episode 23: The Texas Esports Connection

The fastest growing sport in the world is also popular in Texas. Learn about esports and how the largest video game competition network for college-aged gamers began on the University of Texas campus.

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Episode 22: Drone Rules

Looking to take a drone up in the air as a new hobby? Find out what you need to know about flying a drone to avoid fines.

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Episode 21: Disaster Data Recovery

Data recovery efforts may go further than you ever thought possible. In the wake of a disaster, your data may still be intact.

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Episode 20: Once and For All: Screen Time

How much is too much? Listen to tips from American Academy of Pediatrics on managing your children’s screen time.

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Episode 19: What are the Top Tech Jobs in Texas?

Programmers, web designers and software developers are in high demand in the state of Texas, but they are only a slice of the technology pie. Find out the other hot areas for job growth in the tech industry.

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Episode 18: Why are Smartphone Cameras Improving so Quickly?

With every new phone generation, taking photos is becoming more of a snap. Discover why many professional photographers are turning to their mobile device as their preferred camera of choice.

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Episode 17: Cutting the Cord/Calculate the Costs

Has cutting the cord on your TV services crossed your mind? Take advantage of these tips to help guide you with weighing the costs and finding the latest alternatives to cable and satellite.

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Episode 16: What is a Diversity Report?

How much do the diversity statistics reported actually reflect the current workforce in the tech industry? See why Google, Apple and other major companies still may be choosing to release diversity reports.

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Episode 15: Your Connected Car is Your Wallet

Worrying when you forget your wallet at home could soon be a thing of the past. Find out how car manufacturers are looking towards the future with mobile payments in mind.

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Episode 14: The Origin of Origin

Did you know the highest crowdfunded video game has humble roots you can trace back to Austin, TX? Find out the latest games in development by Origin Systems alum including Richard Garriott.

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Episode 13: Spaceports in Texas

Will commercial space travel happen in our neck of the woods? Learn about some of the places in Texas looking to launch into recreational orbit soon.

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Episode 12: Electronic Medical Records

Smarter healthcare may be on the horizon to make managing your overall wellness easier. Listen to hear how EMRs and EHRs are changing the way doctors and health professionals interact with and assist patients.

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Episode 11: Alamo Reality

To help remember the Alamo, one company has created a new educational experience. Immerse yourself in Alamo Reality, an augmented reality app covering the Alamo’s key figures and scenes.

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Episode 10: Five Levels of Self-Driving Cars

If you can’t imagine riding in a car with no one at the wheel, not every future automobile will be completely autonomous. Learn more about the different levels of self-driving cars.

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Episode 09: Importance of a Good Cell Phone Charger

You never know when you truly need a phone charger until a really vital moment arises. Whether you just want a high quality piece or to go completely portable, here are some of your phone charger options.

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Episode 08: VR training and safety

Virtual Reality is creating a low stakes, immersive environment for employees to explore. Discover how some businesses are already applying VR to their operations.

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Episode 07: Aunt Bertha’s Help

Technology today’s not just making us more efficient, it can also provide help to those struggling. Aunt Bertha is one startup looking to make a big difference and connect people who are truly in need.

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Episode 06: What happened to Compaq?

For long-time PC users, you likely have memories around Compaq computers. Take a walk down memory lane and find out how Compaq met its demise.

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Episode 05: How does Spotify know what songs you’ll like?

Have you ever been pleasantly surprised when Spotify suggested a song you’ve never heard before and you enjoyed it? Spotify factors in multiple variables to help guide you new to musical discoveries.

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Episode 04: Ambient Technology

Immersive technology is emerging and becoming available at the beckon call of your voice. Find out how big data is working with a new wave of technology and items you use every day to provide convenience to you.

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Episode 03: The Texas woman who was the first to beat a spammer

Over twenty years ago after spam caused damage to her business, Tracey Laguey Parker won a landmark case to ward off spammers. Learn about the first person that successfully won a court case against spam.

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Episode 02: Should I upgrade my phone software?

Will updating your phone’s operating system bring more joy or cause you headaches? Take advantage of these tips to help you decide on whether to update your phone’s software.

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Episode 01: Chatbots

By now you’ve heard the buzz and likely seen them in action. Find out some of the ways businesses are using chatbots and how one may add value to your company.

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