Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

Open Source

‘Valkyria Revolution’ and ‘Diablo III’ Necromancer expansion are new this week

New video games out this week “Valkyria Revolution.” This fantasy game set in “An alternate world based on the European era of industrialization” evolves the series from turn-based strategy to real-time combat. Expect lots of drama whether you play...

Read More

Open Source

PanelPicker is ready for your SXSW 2018 ideas

The long, yet here-before-you-know it trek toward South by Southwest 2018 has begun with Monday’s opening of the PanelPicker, the mechanism by which the bulk of SXSW’s panels and programming gets chosen. PanelPicker is open for submissions through...

Read More

Open Source

Tech Crawl: Walmart plays hardball on web services, Pandora founder exit and SpaceX sticks two landings 

Happy Monday, Austin! Here are some tech stories we’re reading about today. Walmart gets pushy about vendors using Amazon’s cloud Walmart, which has been making lots of improvements to its web retail business since it bought Jet.com, is now apparently...

Read More

Open Source

Q&A sessions reveal some details on game guru Richard Garriott’s new ‘Shroud of the Avatar’

As development of the first full release of his new game, “Shroud of the Avatar” hits the home stretch this year, Portalarium Inc.’s CEO and creative director Richard Garriott de Cayeux is inviting equity investors to help raise another $2 million...

Read More

Open Source

Talking about the evolution of USB (yes, the port) with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we had an entire discussion about USB ports, cables and the increasingly popular USB-C standard. Seriously! A whole segment! About USB! You’d be surprised how much there was to talk about. Find out...

Read More

Tech firm shows off new video-relay device to Austin’s deaf community

On Tuesday night, in the lobby of Austin’s Topfer Theatre on South Lamar, about 350 members of Austin’s deaf community gathered to learn about a new device being offered from Sorenson Communications, a video-relay device called the ntouch VP2. The...

Read More

Open Source

Your broken Mac’s not old and unfixable, it’s ‘Vintage’ (and unfixable)

My 2011 MacBook Pro died suddenly as I was in the middle of editing some photos for work. The workhorse machine has been a great companion, but it was the subject of a recall for faulty graphics cards and already had its innards replaced once. Now...

Read More

Open Source

Tech Crawl: Amazon/Whole Foods fallout, Google’s plan against extremism and a two-factor how-to

Happy Monday, Austin! Back to work we go. Here are some tech stories you may have missed this morning or over the weekend: Whole Foods under the microscope with Amazon deal You probably didn’t miss Friday’s huge news, that Amazon is buying Whole...

Read More

Open Source

Talking about taking control of your finances and investments − with apps

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about what apps you may want to check out if you want to get a better handle on your personal finances or start getting into investing. We discussed “Mint,” of course, but also a few others you...

Read More

SXSW says it had 421,900 at 2017 events as it continues unifying conferences

(Updated, 11:55 a.m.)  Three months after South by Southwest 2017’s conclusion, the organization behind its events has released a six-page report on how many people participated this year, among other statistics. Clouding the picture is that for the...

Read More