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Nokia releases WebGL Maps

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Hot on the heals of the Google announcement about their new MapsGL, Nokia has followed suit with their own maps using WebGL. Currently supported only in Chrome, the Google Earth like Nokia Maps sport 3D terrain and 3D buildings. A great user experience.
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PixelLight 0.9.9-R1 released, introducing Android support

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Version 0.9.9 of the free open-source, cross-platform 3D application framework PixelLight has been released. The focus was on the support of mobile devices, improving Unicode support, bug fixing and enhancing the general usability of the technology. Starting with this release, there's support for Google's mobile operating system Android and the OpenGL ES 2.0 renderer has been improved. The OpenGL ES 2.0 renderer can now be used natively under MS Windows and Linux without using an emulator.
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Android 4 offers new OpenMAX AL API support for low-level streaming multimedia

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Google's recently announced Android 4.0 platform, and related Ice Cream Sandwich SDK, include many new media capabilities. One very nice addition is the introduction for low-level streaming multimedia. To support this low-level streaming, the platform introduces a new native API based on the Khronos OpenMAX AL 1.0.1 API. This API is implemented on the same underlying services as the platform’s existing OpenSL ES API, so developers can make use of both APIs together if needed. Tools support for low-level streaming multimedia will be available in an upcoming release of the Android NDK. Learn more about OpenMAX AL on the Khronos Group website.
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WebGL bookcase and other experiments

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What would a bookcase look like if it was designed to hold digital books? Googles bookcase experiment lets you browse over 10,000 titles using WebGL and the Google Books API. View this WebGL experiment and many more.
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Ice Cream Sandwich SDK for Android

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Hot on the heals of Android 4.0, Google released Ice Cream SDK. Bringing a slew of changes and improvements, including TextureView object. Developers can directly integrate OpenGL ES textures as rendering targets in a UI hierarchy, making it easy to embed camera preview, decoded video and OpenGL game scenes.TextureView can be viewed as a more powerful version of the existing SurfaceView object, since it offers the same benefits of access to a GL rendering surface, with the added advantage of having that surface participate fully in the normal view hierarchy. The camera also sees some improvements with the addition of high-performance transformation filters allowing developers to apply rich effects to any image passed as an OpenGL ES 2.0 texture.
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3D Web hits the big time with Google Maps on WebGL - MapsGL

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Google has enabled "MapsGL" allowing you to view 3D buildings on the site through the use of WebGL, a 3D graphics technology for the Web that four of the five top browsers have embraced.
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Google advertise Chrome and WebGL on National Television

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While watching the season premiere of Terra Nova the other night, we were surprised to see a Google Chrome commercial. We were even more surprised to hear Google prominently announce WebGL in the commercial, not once but twice. We hope you will enjoy the commercial as much as we did.
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Microsoft Principal Architect writes “Why Microsoft and Internet Explorer need WebGL-and vice-versa

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Avi Bar-Zeev, a Principal Architect at Microsoft, was disappointed by recent Microsoft headlines parroted from a recent security scare report. He writes "Is WebGL actually harming your computer in any way? I doubt that’s a serious or credible claim. And, frankly, if Microsoft has taken a formal position against WebGL, no one I know got the memo." Avi goes on to express his thoughts on the pro's and cons of Microsoft supporting WebGL vs running away from it. If you have only 5 minutes to read something today, make it this well thought out article on the future of WebGL and your 3D user experience. Avi's article ends with "There is clearly only one direction forward for Microsoft and 3D on the web. WebGL is the way."
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Mirada and radical.media director Chris Milk create WebGL immersive landscape experience

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Mirada and Chris Milk have teamed up to create an ambitious transmedia interactive music video experience called "3 Dreams of Black" for Danger Mouse and composer Daniele Luppi's Spaghetti Western-inspired concept album ROME featuring Jack White and Norah Jones. "'3 Dreams of Black' has made it clear that WebGL brings a lot of possibilities, but at the same time requires a level of technical knowledge that just a few studios have," said Ricardo Cabello, Lead Data Arts Developer, Google Creative Lab. You can watch a preview on YouTube.
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Google I/O 2011 WebGL Techniques and Performance presentation

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Gregg Tavares discusses WebGL techniques and performance at Google I/O 2011. Whether a seasoned pro, or a WebGL noob, this fast paced presentation is worth your time to watch.
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