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The Khronos Group has registered the mimetype "model/vnd.collada+xml" with IANA for the COLLADA extension .dae. Mark Barnes, COLLADA Work Group Chair said "the important thing about having a MIME type for COLLADA is that it enables applications and operating systems to recognize ".dae" documents and provide a much richer and secure experience to users, especially for Web applications and browsers."

Proximal Studios is running an OpenGL Demo Challenge. The current challenge is to produce a demo featuring reflections for a platform of your choice. Advanced producers are encouraged to incorporate secondary technologies (such as a webcam) in order to facilitate viewer interaction. The demo is running from February 1st until February 28th. Complete rules and details of what are required for your submission are available on the Demo Chronicles website. The challenge is open to beginner and experienced OpenGL programmers alike.

Intel extends OpenCL support with today’s announcement of an update to the Intel® OpenCL SDK alpha version on WhatIf.intel.com. This update release brings full coverage of the OpenCL 1.1 standard to the Intel® CoreTM processors, and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit applications on windows based operation systems.

Google announced today that WebGL is enabled by default in the stable release of Google Chrome. This is the first browser to have WebGL enabled for everyone to use. Web designers, prepare your WebGL content!

OpenCOLLADA released a major update a few days ago on the Windows side. OpenCOLLADA now supports Max/Maya 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 x86 and x64. Download is available today on the OpenCOLLADA website.

Rightware will be participating in the upcoming Mobile World Congress to present the world’s first stereoscopic 3D home screen replacement for Android. This unique and innovative product is running on Kanzi UI Solution, and is targeted for mobile device manufacturers, operators and application developers to enable the best innovation and differentiation capabilities in today’s devices.

A little fun for Monday morning, Scott Downe has created a WebGL page that is only 88 characters in size. He challenges any one to create a smaller page. Although the WebGL page is blank, it makes for an interesting challenge in optimization, and reminds me of the day when programming, every byte counted.

AMD just released two new FirePro GPUs. The FirePro 2270 using only 15W at full load fully supports OpenGL 4.1. Designed for professional use in CAD workstations and rendering systems, the budget-end FirePro 2270 card has a low-profile design, passive cooler, and is intended to replace the actively-cooled FirePro 2250.

The OpenCL University Kit is a set of materials for teaching a full semester course in OpenCL programming. Each lecture includes instructor notes and speaker notes, plus code examples for lectures 2, 3, and 13. A sample application is provided for lecture 9. A number of educational institutions now offer courses in OpenCL programming to help prepare developers for the new era of heterogeneous computing.

Sonic Solutions recently announced the availability of the MainConcept OpenCL H.264/AVC encoder SDK, optimized for ATI FirePro professional graphics and AMD Radeon graphics. Widely recognized as the world leader in codec development, MainConcept's new SDK dramatically improves H.264/AVC HD video encoding times by efficiently harnessing the OpenCL standard.

AMD recently renamed their OpenCL Stream SDK to AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP). APP is a set of advanced hardware and software technologies that enable AMD graphics processing cores (GPU), working in concert with the system’s x86 cores (CPU), to accelerate many applications beyond just graphics. This update also offers support for AMD E-Series and C-Series platforms (AMD Fusion APUs).