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Maxthon releases latest version of their cloud browser with WebGL support

Maxthon says that the new rendering engine and other tweaks to the Maxthon browser make it 10% faster overall than Chrome 30, and has 40% faster start times than previous versions. The Maxthon browser includes broad and deep HTML5 suppor as well as support for WebGL & GPU acceleration allowing for improved graphics and image processing. As well, the browser allows multi-threaded downloads and a promise to use the smallest amount of RAM of any web browser.

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CopperCube 4.3 released with Internet Explorer WebGL support

CopperCube is ideal for creating 3D educational programs, architectural visualizations, military simulations, product configurators, games, e-learning applications and 3D prototypes. The most recent release now offers WebGL support for Internet Explorer 11.

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NORAD will track Santa Claus this year with Bing Maps and WebGL

NORAD has now switched allegiance and will use Bing Maps, as this year’s site has been developed in partnership with Microsoft's Internet Explorer team. The company has optimised the site for touchscreen devices and is using 3D technology with WebGL to provide a "more realistic-looking version of Santa’s Village and Santa’s trek across the world".

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Minecraft creator Notch creating WebGL app

@notch of Minecraft fame is now working on a WebGL app. As pointed out by Brandon Jones, Notch is demonstrating the ability to ramp up quickly in todays age of coding.

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PS4 PlayStation Store, Music and Video Applications running WebGL

When you login to your PS4 you are running WebGL code. The PlayStation Store, the Music and Video Applications, as well as a good chunk of UX are all rendered within the browser. Don Olmstead spent a good amount of time tuning the WebGL rendering engine, and he will be speaking at +SFHTML5 about how to optimize WebGL usage within the context of his work. There will be plenty of great tips on how you can speed up your own WebGL applications so get your slot now. And for those of you can't make it in person it will be live streamed on Google Developers Live.

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AMD released new versions of AMD CodeXL, Bolt and AMD APP SDK

The AMD CodeXL 1.3 release which includes many updates including remote GPU profiling and debugging. Bolt, an STL compatible C++ template library for creating data-parallel applications using C++ (no C++ AMP / OpenCL code required) has also been updated. AMD APP SDK has also been updated to v2.9. APP SDK 2.9 now includes 2 new features which are currently in Beta.

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Goo Technologies launches WebGL powered Goo Create

Goo Technologies announced the launch of Goo Create, the first professional platform for high-end web graphics. For the first time, professional, high-end 3D visualizations can be created and published online using HTML5, without any downloads or plug-ins, accessible from any device supporting WebGL. Goo Create enables artists and web developers to create rich, interactive web graphics with incredible smoothness and sophistication.

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Goo Technologies finds that the majority of americans play browser-based games

Goo Technologies creates HTML 5 high-end graphics for games and interactive visualizations on the Web and is the company behind the Goo Engine. The findings of their 2013 State of Browser Gaming Index are out, and guess what, over half of americans play browser based games. This bodes well for WebGL. Goo Technologies is a web technology company whose aim is to make all digital experiences instantly available on all devices, everywhere using HTML5 and WebGL.

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OpenGL ES 2.0 GPU Core at less than 1 mm square total silicon area

Vivante Corporation announced an area-optimized version of its GC series OpenGL 2.0 ES GPU cores for Wearable and other IoT devices. Featuring the industry's tiniest GPU core, less than one mm2, the GC400 gives MCU/MPU silicon vendors a simple plug-in solution and complete IoT software stack that easily adds full-featured smartphone graphics capabilities to any product line.

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VLC 2.1 supports a slew of Khronos APIs

VLC 2.1, known as 'Rincewind', has been released for OS X and is considered a major upgrade. OpenGL has now been ported to OpenGL ES with new video inputs for iOS using OpenGL ES 2. Improvements to the OpenMAX IL decoders, encoders and renderers has been made along with correct YUV-RGB color matrix in the OpenGL shaders.

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