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WebGL Security - Kill it before it grows?

Posted by Robert Dow on June 29th 2011 | Permalink
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When Khronos launched the WebGL specifications with strong backing from Mozilla, Google, Apple and Opera we thought at least peace had come to the 3D web valley. We should have known better; seems that there are competing vested interests in proprietary software and plug-ins that will put a few bumps in the road in WebGL’s journey to pervasiveness. Read more on Jon's new blog here.

Nvidia’s 2nd generation of Fermi mobile GPUs becoming available

Posted by Robert Dow on June 28th 2011 | Permalink
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GTX 580M, 570M are becoming available by OEMs, MSI is offering the 570M is their gaming notebook, while Alienware is also offering the 2nd Generation Fermi GPUs as an option. The GTX 580M and 570M have 384 cores and 336 cores respectively. The 580M's GPU runs at 1240MHz with a texture fill rate of 39.7 billion/s.

Supreme Court equates video games to free speech

Posted by Robert Dow on June 27th 2011 | Permalink
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By a 7-2 vote, the high court upheld a ruling by an appeals court that declared the law, which also imposes strict video-game labeling requirements, unconstitutional. The 2005 law which would have barred the sales of video games with violent imagery to minors was challenged by the Entertainment Software Association. Its members include Disney, EA, Microsoft and Sony.

DMP goes public has impressive opening day

Posted by Robert Dow on June 24th 2011 | Permalink
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Japanese 3D IP provider Digital Media Professionals IPOed this week and rallied the first day moving from ¥2,400 to ¥3,050. According to CEO Tatsuo Yamamoto and many others this has been the most successful debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange since the March Tsunami disaster.

AMD and Nvidia pull out of BAPCo

Posted by Robert Dow on June 23rd 2011 | Permalink
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AMD resigned from BAPCo and asked that their name and logo be removed from marketing materials promoting SYSmark 2012. BAPCo's benchmarks are based on various software packages focused on video creation and 3D Modeling. AMD's disagreement with BAPCo centers around the lack of a GPU compute intensive applications in the upcoming SYSmark 2012 benchmark. Nvidia and Via have also pulled out of the consortium.

Major vendors plan to offer ARM-architecture notebooks

Posted by Robert Dow on June 22nd 2011 | Permalink
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ARM's transformation from a single to dual to quad-core has jump started its introduction into laptops. Asus has plans to launch a 13-inch ARM-based notebook adopting Nvidia's processor with Android, with major vendors such as Samsung Electronics, Toshiba, Acer planning to develop ARM notebooks as well. ARM products could possibly be launched by the end of 2011.

Nokia debuts MeeGo N9 Smartphone

Posted by Robert Dow on June 21st 2011 | Permalink
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With Nokia due to ship its first Windows based phones later this year it unveiled the "unique all-screen smartphone” N9 based on MeeGo earlier today. The N9 is running MeeGo 1.2, has an 8MP camera has 1GB RAM and up to 64GB storage and has a impressive 3.9-inch 854 x 480 Gorilla Glass screen.

AMD’s amazing A to Z APU accomplishments

Posted by Robert Dow on June 20th 2011 | Permalink
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The last five years have been an incredible roller coaster ride for AMD, the largest rival to Intel in the personal computer CPU marketplace. Jon Peddie takes a close look at both the company and their new Accelerated Processor Units here.

IBM to Power the New Wii U

Posted by Robert Dow on June 17th 2011 | Permalink
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IBM announced that it will provide the microprocessors that will serve as the heart of the new Wii U. IBM plans to produce millions of chips for Nintendo featuring IBM Silicon on Insulator technology at 45 nanometers, the relationship between IBM and Nintendo dates to May 1999, when IBM was selected to design and manufacture the central microprocessor for the Nintendo GameCube. Read more about IBM and Nintendo here.

New C++ AMP will feature GPU compute

Posted by Robert Dow on June 16th 2011 | Permalink
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At the AMD Fusion Developer Summit in Seattle Microsoft's Herb Sutter, Principal Architect, Native Languages and resident C++ guru gave an important keynote. Mr. Sutter's talk was centered around heterogeneous computing and the changes coming with future versions of Visual Studio and C++. Microsoft's new C++ AMP will take advantage of all compute resources CPU, integrated GPU and discrete GPU resources.