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SIGGRAPH 2017 is coming

July 17th 2017

SIGGRAPH is the world’s largest, most influential annual conference and exhibition in computer graphics and interactive techniques: Five days of research results, demos, educational sessions, art, screenings, and hands-on interactivity featuring the community’s latest technical achievements, and three days of commercial exhibits displaying the industry's current hardware, software, and services. SIGGRAPH will be in Los Angeles this year beginning on August 1st, with the JPR annual SIGGRAPH Luncheon taking place on August 2nd. Get the details here.

Today’s VR is so disappointing

Techwatch July 8th 2017

Can we finally say the emperor is naked, and move on? The fact that I am not happy with the state of affairs in VR today is probably not news. But, what you are reading are the bitter words of a disappointed lover.   Here’s what we have for VR today:  1. A heavy mask that becomes uncomfortable and sometimes hurts the bridge of your nose, and can become without adequate venting.  2. Cumbersome headphones (except for the Oculus Rift).  3. An umbilical cord that restricts and endangers you unless suspended somehow.  4. Limited resolution causing eye fatigue.

Apple updates DVD Studio Pro 1.5 for Mac OS X

Apple has introduced the latest version of its DVD Studio Pro, the 1.5 version has been optimized for Max OS X. The OS X advantage gives the program the ability to do MPEG encoding and other work in background. Other new features include integration with Final Cut Pro that lets users Click here to read this news article

AMD gets new endorsements for Opteron

AMD is building an environment for its new Opteron—their first chip to be introduced using the Hammer technology. Obviously, a hunky chip like this needs graphics, and AMD announced that 3DLabs, ATI, Matrox and SiS have committed to developing products for the Opteron chip. The Opteron will support AGP- Click here to read this news article

ATI and PalmSource announce licensing deal

Sometimes, all you have to do is speculate a little and suddenly the answers are handed to you. (It really works when you go out on a limb and speculate in public.) Recently, when writing about the potential of ATI's Imageon chip for handhelds we noted that the first announcement Click here to read this news article

Toshiba opts for Spatializer in its Edge RD-X2 DVD recorder

Toshiba’s brand new RD-X2 recorder is a DVD-R/RAM product that enables users to record up to six hours of content on a single disk. The way this works out on formats is that users can record to the DVD-Video format on DVD-R disks and be assured their content Click here to read this news article

ATI and PalmSource announce licensing deal

Sometimes, all you have to do is speculate a little and suddenly the answers are handed to you. (It really works when you go out on a limb and speculate in public.) Recently, when writing about the potential of ATI’s Imageon chip for handhelds we noted that the first Click here to read this news article