News Archive

October 2005

30 October

3DMarkMobile06 Graphics Performance Benchmarking

3DMarkMobile06 Developers Edition is a robust OpenGL ES 1.0 and 1.1 benchmark that tests 3D graphics performance of mobile 3D hardware. Read more here.

Nvidia adds OpenGL ES Java API to mobile phone GPUs

NVIDIA has licensed Hybrid's M3G (JSR 184 API implementation to be used on top of GoForce mediaprocessors to deliver a native, integrated, OpenGL ES hardware accelerated mobile Java 3D API. Read more here.

Microsoft Releases Visual Studio.NET 2005 and .NET 2.0

Microsoft has announced the release of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and .NET Framework 2.0 which are new versions of its developer tools and database that will officially be launched on November 7.

26 October

Code::Blocks IDE v1.0rc2 Released

\"Code::Blocks is an open-source, cross-platform IDE built around a plugin framework. This fact alone, allows it to be *very* extensible. As a matter of fact, most of already provided functionality comes from the existing plugins!\" Please contact me or post a message in the forums if you use Code::Blocks. If there is a great demand, I will create tutorial source code downloads for the Code::Blocks IDE.


\"The Real-time Free Surface Solver project has been developed to create a fast open-source free surface fluid solver based on MAC grid. The last versions add capacity to simulate viscoelastic fluids too. It also aims to be one of the first open source implementations freely avaiable for a free surface 3d fluid solver.\"

23 October

Indie Game Monthly Round-Up

Game Tunnel have released the September 2005 edition of their Indie Game Monthly Round-Up.

20 October

OpenGL for Java

Java Specification Request (JSR) 231, Java Bindings for OpenGL, aims to define a minimal, robust and cross-platform interface to the OpenGL API from the Java programming language which will become a standard extension to the Java platform. The first official publicly available draft of these forthcoming APIs, Early Draft Review, is now available.

OpenOffice 2.0 Released

The Project has released 2.0, adding new features that the group claim will resonate with users from business and governments right down to the home desktop.


TransGaming Technologies has recently launched SwiftShader, a software-based rendering product that enables the use of 3D graphics in games and applications, without the cost and complexity of dedicated graphics hardware. SwiftShader empowers developers and publishers by allowing graphics-intensive titles to run on older PCs, expanding the potential buying market size for games and applications. SwiftShader also provides new opportunities for operating system and embedded system developers to bring high-performance 3D graphics to less powerful hardware and devices.
Read more here.

18 October

Motorola and Palm sign up for Linux on mobiles

\"Motorola and PalmSource have signed up to efforts to put Linux on mobile phones. The Mobile Linux Initiative has been launched by Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) to tackle technical challenges and support the adoption of Linux on handheld devices.
Read more here.

New Intel \"Robson\" Technology

Intel has unveiled a new technology, Robson, on Monday that significantly reduces the time it takes for a notebook PC to power up or access programs, while improving battery life to boot.

Transparent Armor

This isn\'t really related to the computer industry but I found it rather interesting. Engineers are testing a new kind of transparent armor which is stronger and lighter than traditional materials. One use could be to stop armor-piercing weapons from penetrating vehicle windows.
Read more here.

17 October

Vim 6.4 Released

It has been more than a year since version 6.3 of Vim was released. Dozens of bugs have been fixed and runtime files have been added and updated. There are no new features as these will go into Vim 7.

KDE for Mobile Phones

\"KDE could soon be making its way to your mobile phone. At aKademy in August, David Carson and Deepika Chauhan from Nokia presented the work they\'ve done in integrating KDE components into the latest version of the company\'s mobile phone software. Philip Rodrigues discusses this work with them on\"

13 October

OpenGL Tutorials

5 new tutorials have been added to the OpenGL section. Various beginner techniques are discussed including the following :

Please post any comments you may have in the forums or contact me.

12 October

Radeon SDK October 2005 Update

\"ATI has released a new version of the Radeon SDK. New samples, tech papers, and demos are included. The SDK is a compilation of new and previously posted information from the Developer web site. See the SDK\'s site for details.\"

5 October

DirectX 9.0 October SDK

\"The new DirectX SDK has been released. This DirectX SDK release contains updates to tools, utilities, samples, Documentation, and runtime debug files for x64 and x86 platforms. This release also includes a public pre-release of the Microsoft Cross-Platform Audio Creation tool and Managed Direct Code for Beta 2 (2.0 CLR).\"

Autodesk to buy Alias for $182 million

Autodesk, the company behind 3ds max, has announced the intention to acquire Alias, the company behind Maya, for $182 million cash. The acquisition is expected to take between 4-6 months to finalize.
Read more here.

4 October

Lord of the Rings Team to Work on Halo Movie

\"The Oscar-winning creative team behind the \"The Lord of the Rings\" films, including director Peter Jackson, has been named to run the production of the upcoming film based on Microsoft\'s blockbuster \"Halo\" video game\".
Read more here.

Milkshape 3D 1.7.6 Released

A new version of Milkshape, a 3D modelling tool, has been released. This release fixes a few bugs and adds a plane primitive with different turn edge options. There are 2 new close cylinder options including a triangle fan and triangle strip. Some OpenGL wireframe rendering problems with ATI graphic cards have also been fixed.

Microsoft Office to Support PDF

Microsoft is adding native support for Adobe\'s portable document format (PDF) in the next version of its office productivity suite, code-named Office 12, which is expected to be available next year.
Read more here.

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