Omar L. Gallaga, Austin American-Statesman

Omar L. Gallaga

Austin American-Statesman

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Omar L.:

Roku raises profile in Austin

The TV platform company says Central Texas 'is important to our future growth.' → Read More

REVENUE STREAMERS: Austin-based online video stars adjust to life as a business

“Angry Joe,” the star of thousands of YouTube videos that have collected more than 1 billion views over the Past 10 years, is actually not that angry.When he’s not blasting subpar video games such as “Anthem” in clever, lengthy and labor-intensive video reviews, Austin-based creator Jose Antonio Vargas is thoughtful, engaging and warm. Sweet, even.On YouTube, however, “Pleasant Joe” or… → Read More

Meet the man helping bring Selena's story to Netflix

By now, more than six months after Netflix announced it is making a scripted TV show about the life of Tejano music superstar Selena Quintanilla, producer → Read More

A guide to local favorites in North Loop

Visiting North Loop in Austin? Here's a neighborhood guide to vintage clothing shops, dive bars and bookstores. → Read More

A guide to local favorites in East Austin

Visiting East Austin? Here's a neighborhood guide to bars, restaurants and sights from East Cesar Chavez to East Seventh streets. → Read More

When and how to let kids use TikTok and other social apps

Earlier this year, my younger daughter, who’d just turned 9, started asking me to install an app on my phone called TikTok.There are a lot of apps my kids ask to try from time to time on my phone or their iPad, from games where you drive dangerously around in a honking virtual car to “Harry Potter” stuff to word scrambles and puzzle apps. My older daughter of late has started playing with home… → Read More

Curse Words and 5 Other Hilarious Comic Books You'll Love

In pop culture, as in life, nothing super funny tends to last. Comedy film sequels tend to be an exercise in diminishing returns. Repeated a joke a few times—it's funny until it's not. (In rare cases, it gets back to funny again with even more repetition, but leave that to the pros.) Lots of stand-u → Read More

Austin gamemaker offers real fun with a virtual pet

In September of 2017, executives at Austin video-game maker Blue Goji decided to let the company go to the dogs.That was when Blue Goji -- best known for → Read More

Podcasts show their power with big SXSW session

If there was any doubt left that podcasts have earned a big spot in the big tent of South by Southwest, alongside streaming video and virtual reality, a → Read More

Podcasts show their power with big SXSW session

If there was any doubt left that podcasts have earned a big spot in the big tent of South by Southwest, alongside streaming video and virtual reality, a → Read More

At SXSW, fimmaker Brillhart attacks 'uncharted territories' of VR, AR

Tuesday's convergence keynote presentation at South by Southwest featuring filmmaker and virtual reality/augmented reality explorer Jessica Brillhart contained all the welcome complexities of a good SXSW session.Brillhart is equal parts filmmaker and technology innovator, working on projects that these days fall under the label of "immersive," a broad swath that can include VR, mixed reality and… → Read More

Henry Winkler charms and gently teaches in SXSW acting workshop

What could be better than acting help from Henry Winkler, the actor, director and author who's had a career resurgence of late with his first Emmy-winning → Read More

Neil Gaiman's SXSW advice to writers: 'Learn to finish'

Neil Gaiman, beloved fantasy writer and perhaps the most crushed-on Englishman since Paul McCartney, is having a transmedia moment.In May, the Amazon TV → Read More

Defiant Kathy Griffin flaps unflappable Kara Swisher in provocative SXSW keynote

If anyone thought that comedian Kathy Griffin might tone things down, keep it classy or in any way bow her head in submission at South by Southwest, they → Read More

Trevor Noah and crew's 'Daily Show' panel at SXSW: overcrowded and on point

The line to see Comedy Central star Trevor Noah's South by Southwest panel was so long more than an hour and a half before the 12:30 p.m. Saturday start → Read More

Rural media outlets: National press must do better covering 'Trump country'

More than two years into the presidency of Donald Trump, how are national journalists doing covering the parts of the country that favored him in the 2016 → Read More

CNN’s SXSW clubhouse gets lost in the '80s

How totally ‘80s is the CNN South by Southwest party house at 88 Rainey Street?Awesomely! Like, bodaciously! It is tubular and gnarly!For about five whole minutes.Then the sense that the original cable news network is grasping at empty nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake begins to create a Cold War in your heart for which there will be no Perestroika.The idea is that this is the CNN event that will… → Read More

SXSW Gaming respawns with new schedule, tournaments aplenty

SXSW Gaming’s closing party will usher out South by Southwest 2019 → Read More

At SXSW, Priscilla Chan touts empathy, results from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

One of the first talks at South by Southwest 2019 featured one of the country's most wealthy women giving a rare public talk on International Women's Day. → Read More

Nintendo changes course, sends 'Metroid Prime' project back to Austin's Retro Studios

One of the things you almost never see in the videogame industry is a major player such as Nintendo saying: “We made a mistake.” But that seemed to be the case last week when the company’s senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi said in a YouTube video to fans that development of the much-anticipated game “Metroid Prime 4,” would be restarted.Saying the game “has not reached the… → Read More