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ARM, which designs processors for smartphones and tablets, has disclosed a new graphics chip design with many more processor cores than in the current generation.
A future Mali-T760 graphics processing unit (GPU) -- due in products in the coming years -- will have up to 16 processor cores, ARM said Tuesday in a statement.
By comparison, the iPhone 5S' A7 chip boasts four GPU cores. The A7 chip is based on a design from Imagination Technologies, an ARM competitor.
In addition to offering up to 16 cores, ARM said the Mali-T760 chips will see an increase in both performance per … Read more
It should come as no surprise that the 0.7-inch-thick 15.4-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Pro Retina models aren't easy to repair. iFixit said this week their repairability is still rock bottom.
Thin laptops, especially those from Apple, aren't known for easy accessibility or repair as their cases are often completely sealed.
That hasn't changed with the 2013 MacBook Pro Retina.
You can … Read more
Bamboo, you've been eaten by pandas. Wacom's jettisoning the Bamboo brand for its consumer graphics tablets and encompassing them within the Intuos brand, simultaneously rebranding its Intuos5 line as Intuos Pro. The latter remains unchanged, save for the bundling of the wireless connection kit in the box and a new $379 Special Edition of the medium tablet with silver bezels on top and bottom for those of you who don't like the basic black.
Wacom's also made some odd pricing changes, dropping the price of the small tablet by $20 to $249, raising the price of … Read more
Apple on Friday began a new program to replace faulty graphics cards found in some mid-2011 to late-2012 iMacs.
The program covers systems with AMD Radeon HD 6970M video cards. Those were found in the 27-inch iMac models with either the 3.1GHz or 3.4GHz quad-core Intel i-series chips.
According to support language, the video cards could fail, "causing the computer display to appear distorted, white or blue with vertical lines, or to turn black."
That iteration of iMac was sold between May 2011 to October 2012.
A Ride Into the Mountains (iOS|Android) uses simple graphics to create a stunningly artistic world where you play as a young boy battling demons with his trusty bow. The touch controls for firing your bow take some practice, but it's worth it to master your skills to watch the story unfold. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done.
The storyline for A Ride Into the Mountains is simple, but the presentation is what makes the game special. A family lives in the shadow of a mountain that houses a magical relic that protects the surrounding land. When an … Read more
Astronauts used to have it really bad when it came to orbital dining options. Freeze-dried powders and cube food made for pretty depressing fare.
Now they have everything from fresh fruit to scrambled eggs. But what they really need is this 12-course meal in a can.
British design student Christopher Godfrey doesn't seem to have been thinking of spacefaring diners when he conceived All in One, a layered gourmet feast in a can. Doubtless the container would be unsuitable for space, but think of the gross-out fun you could have with this in zero-g. … Read more
Smiling (even when it's a forced grin) can reduce stress and improve your mood, recent research indicates. But do you still get those boosts with a computer-generated smile?
Building on the idea that physiological changes can generate psychological ones, Japanese researchers have developed a setup that creates "computer-generated emotion by letting people recognize pseudo-generated facial expressions as changes to their own facial expressions."
In other words, the "Emotion Evoking System" can make it look like that reflection of yourself you see in the mirror is smiling or frowning when you're not, thus potentially altering your mood when you take a gander at the looking glass. … Read more
Google Chrome engineers have rained on the parade of Google engineers who want to promote the animated WebP graphics format as an alternative to animated GIF images.
Darin Fisher, engineering leader for the Google Chrome team, turned down a proposal to build animated WebP images into Chrome's Blink browser engine. In a mailing list message Tuesday night, he said skeptical Chrome engineers hadn't been convinced of the performance merits:
It's not clear that we are ready to ship Animated WebP.
For instance, it seems that Animated WebP is trying to be an improvement over Animated GIF, but...… Read more
Google introduced WebP in an attempt to speed up the Web, but now the company's engineers are raising concerns that one of the graphics format's features will actually slow it down.
WebP is designed to compress graphics more efficiently than JPEG, GIF, and PNG. Shrinking file sizes more means data arrives faster, though there can be a penalty of longer times to encode and decode image files. One of WebP's newer features is support for animation -- a package of multiple images shown in sequence to display a short movie.
Animated GIFs have risen from obscurity to … Read more