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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.

Dive headfirst into 3D web application development using WebGL and JavaScript. Each chapter is loaded with code examples and exercises that allow the reader to quickly learn the various concepts associated with 3D web development. The only software that the reader needs to run the examples is an HTML5 enabled modern web browser. No additional tools needed. A practical beginner’s guide with a fast paced but friendly and engaging approach towards 3D web development.

Sketchfab went live recently with new technology making it easy to publish interactive 3D content online. The free service does not require any third-party application installed on either the client side or the server. All Sketchfab needs is for the end-user to be running a WebGL compatible browser.

MaximumPC has published a brief history and review of OpenCL and WebCL in their January 2012 print magazine. A brief excerpt from the article “Support for OpenCL has been quite strong. AMD is so enamored of OpenCL that it dropped its ATI Stream SDK in favor of a new Accelerated Parallel Processing SDK, which exclusively supports OpenCL. OpenCL has also come to the web. A variant of OpenCL, called WebCL, is in the prototype stage for web browsers, which allows JavaScript to call OpenCL code. This means you may one day run GPU compute code inside your browser.”

The Joint And Object (JOA) Framework is a set of javascript templates and a “class” so that beginners can make use of this technology without having to learn the lower level WebGL stuff. The JOA Framework is a combination of a template, support files, user data file, example files and manual. The template file and support files are all modified or unmodified versions of the files used in the WebGL tutorials on LearningWebGL.

Irrlicht3d is asking rhetorically if WebGL is the future. Of course it is, find out why. The Irrlicht Engine is an open source high performance realtime 3D engine written and usable in C++ and also available for .NET languages. It is completely cross-platform, using D3D, OpenGL and its own software renderer, and has all of the state-of-the-art features which can be found in commercial 3d engines.

VSR WebGL Export is a Rhinoceros 3D plug-in providing user with an easy to use tool which allows data models to be viewed on any other hardware. All that is needed on the target device is a state-of-the-art Web browser. “We are proud to have enhanced our VSR product suite in highly relevant areas,” says Michael Wieczorek, one of the executive directors of VSR. “The product launch of ‘VSR WebGL Export’ very nicely demonstrates our agility and technological competence to quickly translate customers’ wishes into available products.”

My Robot Nation from Kodama Studios brings printable 3-D robots just in time for the holidays. The service emerged from Beta on November 30th with a promise of nine billion different robot design combinations, which users can create by themselves at home using a web browser with WebGL 3D graphics. “WebGL allows us to create and manipulate 3D objects right in your browser in real-time–something that was previously only possible in PC applications or consoles games,” said Mark Danks, the co-founder of My Robot Nation, previously a game designer at Sony.

In the latest software upgrade we did for the 2011 Xperia phones, we’ve included WebGL support. By doing so, Sony Ericsson is the first mobile phone manufacturer to support WebGL for the Android web browser. WebGL basically makes it possible to extend the capability of the JavaScript programming language to allow it to generate interactive 3D graphics within the web browser. Read more about Sony Ericsson’s WebGL support after the jump, and find out about special considerations to keep in mind when developing 3D web applications targeting touch-enabled devices.

Google announces ANGLE engine passes the rigorous OpenGL ES 2.0 test suite and has been certified as a compliant GL ES 2.0 implementation. Thanks to continued work from Transgaming, in collaboration with Google engineers and other contributors, ANGLE now allows OpenGL ES to be run on Windows without the need for OpenGL drivers. Firefox is already using ANGLE to render WebGL content on Windows. ANGLE is an open-source standalone library. “We hope WebGL developers and implementors will continue to join us in making ANGLE, and the open web platform, successful.” said Vangelis Kokkevis, Software Engineer at Google.