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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.

Palm 130 doesn’t quite make it to 65K colors but whose counting?

Palm has had to admit that its m130 handheld, the one with the slogan “as colorful as your life” is actually a little less colorful than advertised. The machine is capable of only 58,621 color rather than 65,536. The problem apparently lies with the screen of the new handheld which sells for $249. Read the complete article

Where’s Rick?

Rick Belluzzo is the new CEO of Quantum Corp. of Milpitas, California. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, this seems a step down for Belluzzo who has flown pretty high as CEO of SGI (when SGI was still flying reasonably high itself), and as COO and Ballmer heir-apparent at Click here to read this news article

Gateway goes into home projectors

The cow company is willing to try anything, but their current plans have consistently addressed the emerging digital TV market. Last year it was plasma screens and this year the company has announced plans to sell digital projectors. This time out, however, the projectors are aimed at the education and Click here to read this news article

And the beat goes on; AMD introduces Athlon 4 1500+ for notebooks

AMD’s latest processor is for notebooks. The new mobile processor is the Athlon 4 1500+ featuring QuantiSpeed and AMD PowerNow! Technology. The new part is built at the Dresden Fab 30 using AMD’s .18-micron process. As you know, this new processor may be named the Athlon 4 1500+, but in reality it is Read the complete article

MPEG-2 LA strikes again, this time at Dell

December 2001: Just because it’s a standard doesn’t mean there aren’t patent holders lurking in the bushes, and nowhere is this more true than in the confusing jungle of MPEG-2. The MPEG-LA group, formed in 1996 as a limited liability company, has emerged as a major coalition of patent Click here to read this news article