Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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...

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‘Final Fantasy XIV Online’ gets a ‘Complete Edition,’ and ‘Ever Oasis’ hits Nintendo 3DS

New video games out this week  “Final Fantasy XIV Online: Complete Edition.” If you hesitated on investing time and money into what was at launch not a super-great massively multiplayer experience, it may be time to give it another look. The game...

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A retro-styled return of party video games

There used to be a kind of video game that invited (mostly innocent) trash talk, victorious fist pumps and very loud involuntary noises (grunts, yelps, the occasional guttural scream) from its players. They were played on shag-carpeted living-room...

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Tech Crawl: The never-ending Uber news vortex, RIP Charles Thacker and Verizon-Yahoo finally a done deal

Welcome to your Wednesday! Here are some of the tech stories we’re clicking this morning: Uber can’t stop, won’t stop making headlines In what some are calling Uber’s ongoing “Culture Crisis,” the company on Wednesday had a very big day, including...

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UT Austin taking signups for 24-week data science and analytics boot camp

The University of Texas is offering a 24-week boot camp to start in October for those who want to pick up skills in data science. The Data Analytics and Visualization Boot Camp starts Oct. 3 and will run 24 weeks at the UT Thompson Conference Center...

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Nintendo Switch brawler ‘ARMS’ and ‘Cars 3’ are new in this week’s games

New video games out this week: “ARMS.” (Out Friday) This Nintendo Switch exclusive will remind you of the heyday of get-off-your-couch Wii games. It involves fighters battling with comically outstretched arms in battle arenas with customizable hands...

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Tech Crawl: Uber CEO’s leave of absence, Xbox One X officially announced and an ‘Anthem’ first look

Good Monday to you! Here are some of the tech stories you might have missed this morning or over the weekend: More turmoil at Uber Over the weekend, the board of directors at Uber met and according to reports, unanimously voted to adopt recommendations...

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Talking to Texas Standard about Uber and Lyft’s return and what it means for Austin

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the recent return of Uber and Lyft to Austin and what lessons Uber in particular may want to keep in mind as it comes back to a different ride-hailing landscape. You can listen to the...

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You don’t have to wait on Apple to experiment with augmented reality

This week, Apple finally introduced ARKit, a set of tools for creating augmented reality in apps. It’s something Facebook and Google have already pushed into, and since ARKit won’t debut until the Apple iOS 11 is out later this year, it would be understandable...

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