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Imagination Technologies webinar series part II on Vulkan is now online. Vulkan is designed from the ground up with the idea of not being bottlenecked by the CPU, and provides huge efficiency gains over previous generation graphics APIs in this area. This webinar provides an overview of what mechanisms in Vulkan enable this, what this means in practice, and why it is so important for embedded and mobile devices. The episode was presented by Tobias Hector, Software Design Engineer for Vulkan and OpenGL ES, Imagination Technologies. Be sure to add November 19th to your calendar as the webinar series continues with 'Scaling to multiple threads'.

Facebook’s new SDK for Unity v7.1 provides the opportunity for Unity developers to better integrate their games with Facebook. The new update includes full support for Unity 5, support for the new WebGL build target and Facebook’s latest native mobile SDKs with new tools and features. The Facebook SDK for Unity complements Unity’s cross-platform support, providing a pure-Unity write-once, run-everywhere experience across the gaming platforms of WebGL, Unity Web Player, Android and iOS.

Imagination’s R&D group has developed a face detection algorithm using OpenCL, which is based on a classifier cascade and is optimized to run on mobile devices comprising a CPU and PowerVR GPU.

After having gone through a management buyout just three months ago, the newly formed Basemark has introduced a suite of mobile benchmarks for iOS, OpenGL ES 3.1, and Metal. That’s impressive in of and by itself, but even more so because now for the first time a comparative test suite can be run across OSs with the same workloads and profile.

Get Hands-on with Mobile Graphics! “An Introduction to Mobile Graphics” are one day workshops offered by Imagination Technologies in North London. At Universities, graphics technologies are generally taught as part of game development or the computer science curriculum, and are based on standard console or PC graphics. Since mobile devices are becoming increasingly popular, it is important that developers also understand the specific constraints of mobile devices where power-efficient rendering is a must. Imagination is partnering with Darren McKie (games and graphics programme leader at the University of Hull) to organize a workshop designed to introduce real-time rendering using OpenGL ES on mobile devices to students who have little or no prior experience with 3D graphics programming.

The Khronos Group announced significantly expanded scope and momentum for its family of open standard 3D graphics APIs. Vulkan™, the new generation API for high-efficiency access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs, is on track for implementation and specifications later this year. It has received support from Android, SteamOS, Tizen, and multiple Linux distributions, including Ubuntu and Red Hat.  The new OpenGL® ES 3.2 specification absorbs AEP (Android Extension Pack) functionality to enhance pervasive graphics capabilities across mobile, consumer, and automotive devices.  A set of OpenGL extensions will also expose the very latest capabilities of desktop hardware.

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Imagination Technologies announces a new offering as part of its Imagination University Programme (IUP) that provides the first complete teaching course on mobile graphics. "An Introduction to Mobile Graphics" includes a rich set of teaching materials and practical exercises that leverage Imagination's popular PowerVR graphics processors (GPUs). The new course has been developed so that little to no previous knowledge of graphics is required, and the content is adaptable to fit most teaching methods and structures. This introductory course is based around OpenGL ES 2.0, the most widely deployed and adopted mobile graphics API.

PlayCanvas announces Physically Based Rendering is now available via WebGL. Over the past 3 years since PlayCanvas started, WebGL adoption has skyrocketed. WebGL now supported in every major browser, both on mobile and the desktop. Current statistics show that 82.7% of web users have the ability to run WebGL content, and this number continues to rise. The PlayCanvas ‘Star-Lord Demo’ shows that WebGL is perfectly capable of implementing PBR and other high-end graphical features.

The Khronos Group will be at SIGGRAPH Asia this coming weekend. Neil Trevett, Khronos Group President and VP of Mobile Content at NVIDIA will be speaking. There will be a panel session "Next Frontiers For Interactive Applications" on Saturday followed by a tech-talk "What's Next In Graphics APIs?" on Saturday December 6th which will cover the rapidly changing landscape of acceleration APIs for mobile devices and the Next Generation OpenGL Initiative first revealed at SIGGRAPH 2014.

Browser game demonstrates the power of WebGLUrban Galaxy Online is a MMORPG built entirely on HTML5 technologies. Its graphics are powered by the WebGL renderer of the popular three.js engine. The game was built by a small team of 3 developers during the last 5 years, betting on WebGL while the standard was still shaping up and browser support was partial. Now the game is fully supported on all major desktop browsers, with experimental support for WebGL enabled mobile Chrome and mobile Safari.

Rightware launched Basemark ES 3.0, a new benchmarking software that enables professional and objective performance comparisons of mobile devices that feature the new OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics API. This API can be found in the latest popular Android and iOS smartphones and tablets and it enables unprecedented graphical fidelity in graphically rich apps such as games and navigation.

The annual Augmented Reality Conference hosted by Metaio - InsideAR - will be held in Munich, Germany on October 29-30th. Neil Trevett will be presenting on Bringing Spatial Awareness to Mobile AR including Google Project Tango and Advances in Mobile Sensing – and will provide insights on how Khronos APIs can be used to accelerate advanced AR applications. Metaio hosts InsideAR in Munich, Tokyo and Beijing, and had great success last year with more than 800 participants from industry, research, OEMs and developers.

Interested in mobile technologies? Come to Mobilization 2014 on 18 October in Lodz, Poland for talks about the latest trends and happenings in mobilization. Especially catch the talk about the newest features in OpenGL ES 3.1, given by Dominik Witczak of Mobica (presented in Polish).

The Khronos Toronto Chapter will be holding their next meetup on Thursday July 10 on Yonge street in Toronto at the Uken Games Office. From the meetup page "Those who've tried out the iOS8 update were met with something truly remarkable: WebGL is enabled by default in Mobile Safari. With Apple finally on board, we now have support from ALL major desktop and mobile browsers." Spacing is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please signup soon!