Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

Open Source

Retro gaming bliss: ‘StarCraft Remastered’ and ‘Sonic Mania’ are new this week

New video games out this week: “StarCraft Remastered.” The remastered edition of one of Blizzard Entertainment’s most enduring franchises includes improved audio and graphics, but adheres to the successful formula that made the real-time-strategy...

Read More

Open Source

Talking about Disney, Netflix and the future of streaming with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program we discussed the news that Disney is planning to pull its movies from Netflix and start at least two streaming video services, for its movies and for its sports network ESPN. What does that mean for...

Read More

Open Source

Tech Crawl: Google memo mess grows, Benchmark Capital sues Kalanick and Snap’s losses grow 

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re keeping an eye on today. Google memo mess is not going away Fallout from a controversial memo about diversity from a now-fired Google employee continued on Thursday when the company’s CEO...

Read More

Open Source

What does ‘Multithreading’ mean for the processor wars?

As the high-end computer processor wars heat up once again with Intel and AMD’s new, competing offerings, the new chips will be measured on a variety of factors, from speed to efficiency to price. One measure of performance will be how the Intel Core...

Read More

Open Source

‘LawBreakers’ challenges gravity while a new season of ‘Batman’ begins from Telltale Games

New video games out this week: “LawBreakers.” The latest from Cliff Bleszinksi (“Unreal,” “Gears of War”) is an omnidirectional gravity-breaking first-person shooter that may not be for the easily motion-sick. The futuristic game is likely to challenge...

Read More

With ‘Pong to Pokémon,’ Bullock Museum spotlights games as art and artifact

Even in an age when practically anything can be looked up instantaneously, there are some pieces of knowledge that defy second-hand learning. Such as: why the joystick for the arcade console version of “Ms. Pac-Man” feels so perfectly clicky, with...

Read More

Open Source

Talking about the role of Texas in the video-game industry with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discuss how Texas is a giant player in the video-game industry and how some recent events, including a new exhibit at the Bob Bullock State History Museum are highlighting the history and accomplishments...

Read More

Open Source

Friday Tech Crawl: WannaCry hero arrested, Uber’s shady Singapore leases and the toll on teens of omnipresent tech

Happy Friday, Austin! Here’s some of the tech news we’re spying with our little pre-weekend eyes: WannaCry hero arrested by FBI The man who helped stop the damage done by the WannaCry malware earlier this year has subsequently been arrested by the...

Read More

Open Source

How soon until we’re riding the Hyperloop?

Back in 2013, when tech entrepreneur Elon Musk first proposed the idea of a high-speed underground “Hyperloop” transportation system, it seemed like a wild and far-in-the-future idea. But only four years later, we’re already seeing working prototypes...

Read More