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Led by Samsung UK, international standards body Khronos Group to have Chapter meeting in Cambridge

This Khronos Group Chapter meetup will be held on Thursday 31st October 2013 and is one of the free sessions offered by the Mosaic3DX conference and exhibition this year. The Khronos UK Chapter is a group of the UK's Khronos API users enabling them to get together and expand understanding of the APIs, discuss ideas to improve them, and share technical achievements in the graphics/multimedia/compute domains. At Mosaic3DX this year, we would like to hear about your experiences developing games using APIs such as OpenGL, OpenGL ES, and OpenCL and thoughts on what you'd want to see in future versions. Expect some interesting presentations and a heated discussion!

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Autodesk Releases Maya LT with COLLADA export capabilities

Autodesk has introduced Maya LT, an affordably priced but powerful 3D animation tool for indie game developers. Through support for FBX export, Maya LT can be used for game engines like Unity Engine and Unreal Engine and content creation for Second Life. The FBX converter can export from Maya LT into Collada DAE format.

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WebGL and HTML5: Is this the future of gaming?

Marcus Kruger from Goo Technologies discusses why he and his company see WebGL and HTML5 as the future of gaming... in the cloud.

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Intel’s open source graphics driver goes mobile with OpenGL ES 3.0

Intel submitted a branch of the 3D graphics open source driver (Mesa), and is certified for compliance to the OpenGL ES 3.0 3D Graphics specification for the 3rd Generation Intel Core platform. This specification is expected to be used by many mobile Linux based operating systems in the near future.

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WebGL editor CopperCube 4.2 released

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CopperCube, the WebGL 3D editor for creating interactive 3D apps and websites has just been released in version 4.2. It now supports normal maps, import of Blender .blend files, using precalculated lightmaps, includes WebGL performance improvements, and much more. A detailed list of the changes in this free update can be viewed on the website.

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The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR

Jon Peddie from Jon Peddie Research has published a new book "The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR." If you have ever looked at a fantastic adventure or science fiction movie, or an amazingly complex and rich computer game, or a TV commercial where cars or gas pumps or biscuits behaved liked people and wondered, “How do they do that?”, then you’ve experienced the magic of 3D worlds generated by a computer. This book will guide you through the history of how this came about and show you a little about how it's all done. Dr. Jon Peddie is one of the pioneers of the graphics industry and was recently named one of the most influential analysts.

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AEC Hackathon: An Industry First

The first Architecture, Engineering, Construction Hackathon. The AEC Hackathon is using open source and open standard technologies to develop the AEC Hackathon’s software solutions--cloud-based solutions are encouraged. Some data sets and API’s (REST, REST3D, etc.) will be distributed before the event for all registered attendees. Technologies being encouraged include 3D Gaming, BIM, XML, iOS, Android, HTML5/javascript among others. Running from November 8th to 10th this fall, space is quickly filling up, so hurry to get your tickets!

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Real world use for WebGL in web development

Time for web developers to learn WebGL. A great little demo showing off a possible real world use of WebGL.

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Portable Computing Language (pocl) v0.8 released

PoCL is aiming at becoming an efficient open source (MIT-licensed) implementation of the OpenCL 1.2 (and soon OpenCL 2.0) standard. This release adds support for LLVM/Clang 3.3, employs inner loop parallelization in the kernel compiler, uses Vecmathlib for inlineable efficient math library implementations, contains plenty of bug fixes, and provides several new OpenCL API implementations.

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WebGL craze at SIGGRAPH 2013

Dr Rémi Arnaud from AMD offers a great review the WebGL community and a round up of just how fast WebGL is catching on, from SIGGRAPH 2013. "The SIGGRAPH 2013 WebGL BOF definitely had the kind of energy and vibrant community that I took for granted when at Silicon Graphics, but have since learned is rare. WebGL is an enabler;" writes Remi.

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