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WebGL appears in Mozilla trunk

Michael Smith posted on his twitter page this morning that WebGL has appeared in the Mozilla trunk. It was just three days ago that WebGL was first noticed in WebKit. From the homepage of Michael Smith, "I joined the W3C in 2007 as part [of] the W3C Mobile Web Initiative. I am involved with the work on The HTML Markup Language and on standards related to browsing technologies; in particular, the phenomenon known as HTML5, as well as other standards related to Web Applications."
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Cycleblob WebGL/HTML5 game now online

Cycleblob is based on the lighcycles game from TRON. Cycleblob takes TRON to the next level and makes the grid a three-dimentional object, floating in space. Cycleblob is implemented using WebGL and HTML 5 canvas elements and is written completely in JavaScript. Cycleblob was created by Shy Shalom as a personal project for learning WebGL and game engine design. You will, of course, need a WebGL enabled browser to play.
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CNN utilizes WebGL in their Ecosphere Twitter discussions

The CNN Ecosphere Project was conceived by Heimat-Berlin and developed and produced by Minivegas (Amsterdam, Los Angeles) in partnership with Stinkdigital (London, New York). Utilizing WebGL to visualize represent growing discussions on twitter.
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Does your mobile browsers support WebGL?

Head on over to MobileHTML5.org to see if you mobile browser supports WebGL. The well thought out chart by @firt covers pretty much all HTML5 mobile browser compatibilities.
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Pokki announces 1UP HTML5 game developer challenge

We're excited to announce the kick off of our Pokki 1UP $50k HTML5 game development challenge. The first place game developer will take home $30k and win a trip to the Game Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco where we will feature their game! We've pulled together a top notch panel of game developer leaders to judge submissions which must be submitted by February 20th, 2012 at 11:59pm (PST). What's also cool is that we just launched support for WebGL, WebSockets, and the Web Audio API. We're really excited about cutting edge HTML5 technologies like canvas, CSS3, WebGL and Web Audio. There's already been some impressive demos with these technologies and we're looking forward to seeing what the Pokki game developers come up with.
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Virtual Texturing with WebGL

Sven Andersson and Jhonny Göransson from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology recently posted their masters thesis on Virtual Texturing with WebGL online. This thesis investigates how to implement Virtual Texturing for web browsers using WebGL and how to maintain high performance.
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Rightware introduces Browsermark 2.0 with tests for WebGL, CSS3, HTML5 and more

Rightware introduces Browsermark 2.0. Browsermark is a free to use benchmark designed to measure and compare the performance of any browser on any internet enabled device. In addition to measuring general browsing functionality such as page loading and conformance testing for HTML5 and network speed, Browsermark 2.0 tests your browser with WebGL, Canvas, HTML5, and CSS3/3D. You can test your browser right here, right now, with Rightware.
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COLLADA-VIEWER using ColladaLoader.js and three.js

collada-viewer is a HTML5 app that brings together ColladaLoader.js, three.js, and HTML5 File API to allow easy persistent storage and loading of 3D models in the COLLADA file format.
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Why should I use WebGL?

Among graphics enthusiasts there is a certain amount of debate on what API/version of something to use with a bunch of hotly contested alternatives. Florian Boesch, self proclaimed tinkerer of 3d things has written a convincing article on why you should give WebGL a try.
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Turns your smartphone into Web-based game controller with WebGL

World Wide Maze is a pretty basic ball-rolling game, but at it's core is something quite interesting. The first is a link to the mobile version of Chrome that turns your smartphone into a PC game controller. The second is of course that World Wide Maze works off the WebGL standard, and it requires pretty decent system specs for a browser game, including 1GB of RAM and a 256MB graphics card for hardware acceleration.
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