Omar Gallaga: Digital Savant

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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The Boring Company: Elon Musk is low-key at hot-ticket, last-minute SXSW 2018 Q&A session

It’s not that Elon Musk isn’t one of the world’s most interesting people. As enumerated by South by Southwest chief programming officer Hugh Forrest in his introduction of a late-added Q&A session at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Musk checks...

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The ‘Westworld’ creators/cast panel at SXSW 2018 was a beautiful mess, and then Elon Musk showed up

There were lots of laughs, quite a few curse words (thanks, Thandie Newton) and a white-hot secret preview of HBO’s “Westworld,” Season Two, but like the enigmatic show itself, Saturday afternoon’s creator/cast presentation at South by Southwest ...

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SXSW 2018: refreshing sense of non-punditry in Ta-Nehisi Coates convergence keynote

Some South by Southwest speakers, when interviewed, will talk about any topic, at length, whether they know what they’re talking about or not.  Atlantic national correspondent, award-winning author and “Black Panther” comics writer Ta-Nehisi Coates...

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