Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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3-D printing is within reach, even if you don’t have a printer

About five years ago, I made a prediction that 3-D printing was going to be a sea-change technology that would sweep into our lives and change everything. Well... it could still happen! But for now, 3-D printers, which can fabricate objects out of...

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Ready, player for June 1: DreamHack game festival returning to Austin for third year

DreamHack Austin is coming back for a third year, bringing three days of game tournaments, live music and cosplay to the Austin Convention Center June 1-3. The Swedish-based gaming-culture festival makes only two stops in the U.S. this year. The other...

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Was it just us, or was SXSW 2018 less crowded?

It’s long been a maxim of South by Southwest that everybody’s SXSW is different: with so much content going on, attendees will all have a different experience. But after a few days of the festivals and conference, somewhere around March 11, I began...

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SXSW Gaming: ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ developer Brendan Greene on being king (with chicken dinner) of battle royals

What’s the easiest way to go from being a small-time programmer to the developer of a game with over 30 million players? Don’t ask Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, as he didn’t have a strong answer for the secret to the success of his hit multiplayer...

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Despite some glitches, VR cinema takes a leap forward at SXSW 2018

Virtual reality technology, which made such a splash at South by Southwest two years ago, mostly for gaming experience, took a sizable leap forward this week, at least judging by its presence at the SXSW Virtual Cinema. What last year felt like a...

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UT’s Eberlin Lab, Austin writer Amanda Gail among SXSW Interactive Innovation Award winners

On Tuesday night, South by Southwest handed out its annual Interactive Innovation Awards at a ceremony at the Austin Downtown Hilton. Here are the winners: AI & Machine Learning: Swarm AI by Unanimous AI, San Francisco. Health, Med, & BioTech...

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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talks up new context tools amid SXSW 2018 interview grilling 

Maybe it was the body language, with the interviewer leaning forward, consulting a shiny notebook on occasion to draw upon for sharp points, and with the subject of the interview, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, sometimes squinting at the questions as...

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Robots with lightsabers and VR treadmill among SXSW 2018 Trade Show highlights

The South by Southwest Trade Show is always a grab bag of interesting eye-popping technologies (giant robots! Sushi machines! Weird musicians planing digital music in crazy costumes), and more down-to Earth booths for universities such at Texas A&...

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Nonny de la Peña makes case for volumetric VR storytelling in at-capacity SXSW convergence keynote

At at 2018 South by Southwest event that is seeing a strong shift toward virtual- and augmented-reality technology moving into the hands of filmmakers, convergence keynote Nonny de la Peña made a strong case for embracing a new generation of storytelling...

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