Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

Open Source

These three websites will scare you silly for Halloween

You could go see a scary movie or terrify yourself by simply viewing the day’s headlines, but why not enjoy some more old-fashioned creepy vibes from the nearest web browser? Here are three sites you may have missed that will get you in the Halloween...

Read More

More human than ‘Humans,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ concludes with the hope of big ideas

Like a lot of television shows that go on to do great things, AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” started off a little rough.  Its first season, which debuted in June 2014 a few months after screening at South by Southwest, was a fictionalized account of...

Read More

St. Gabriel’s Catholic School students learn about augmented reality with Google Expeditions

Students at St. Gabriel's Catholic School in Austin learned about augmented reality as part of Google's Expeditions Augmented Reality Pioneer Program on Monday, October 16, 2017. They learned how to use AR to bring virtual 3-D objects into the classroom...

View Gallery

Open Source

Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies buys $10 million stake in Austin’s Certain Affinity game studio

Austin indie video game studio Certain Affinity  -- the company behind a successful reboot of  “DOOM” and a player on the “Halo” and “Call of Duty” franchises -- said Monday that it has landed a new investor. Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies Holdings...

Read More

Open Source

South by Southwest releases list of more than 700 panels, adds two-day blockchain series

South by Southwest has announced the bulk of its March 2018 programming in a panel drop Monday, adding a two-day series of blockchain-related panels and more spread over 24 different tracks. The blockchain programming, focused on the tech behind cryptocurrencies...

Read More

Open Source

Texas Standard: auto tech races on, despite speed bumps

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we revisited a popular topic: technology in our vehicles and the inevitable rise of self-driving cars. We discussed a recent 512tech story about in-car mobile payments, Tesla and more. Check it out!...

Read More

What happens when Facebook’s Order Food joins the restaurant-delivery scene?

The on-demand economy continues to get more demanding: Friday morning, Facebook is announcing its getting into the food-delivery game, at least as a conduit to existing delivery options. With the introduction of a new feature, “Order Food” that debuts...

Read More

Open Source

Why do some VR headsets still need wires?

This week, Facebook’s Oculus VR announced that it will release a $199 VR headset next year that doesn’t require a phone, a Windows PC or even wires attached to anything to operate. That’s a far cry from the $399 flagship Oculus Rift, a very powerful...

Read More

An Austin reader charmingly turns a tech reporter into the ‘Department of Strange Tech Questions’

One day, I found two identically addressed letters in my work mailbox. My name wasn’t on either envelope. Instead, they were each addressed to the Austin American-Statesman’s “Department of Strange Tech Questions.” And so they came to me. Both letters...

Read More

Open Source

Thursday Tech Crawl: Conversable and Shake Shack pilot new software version, new Oculus VR hardware and Alexa’s new family values

Happy Thursday, Austin! Here’s some tech news for you: Conversable updates AI software If you’ve been following our stories about chatbots, you’re probably already familiar with Conversable, a company based in Austin and Dallas that’s been doing...

Read More