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Math for Game Programmers

Welcome to the resource homepage for the annual Math for Game Programmers tutorial at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, CA.<p>Below …

GDC

Vulkan Renderpasses

Decoding Radeon Vulkan versions<p>There are traditionally just two hard problems in computer science — naming things, cache invalidation, and off-by-1 …

Game Development

A look at the PowerVR graphics architecture: Deferred rendering

In my previous article, I wrote about how our GPU architecture works. It’s a novel architecture which works unlike any other, and we call it a …

Graphics

9 GIFs That Explain Responsive Design Brilliantly

Can’t tell a responsive website from a merely adaptive one? These GIFs courtesy of Froont will turn you into a pedant in no time.<p>What is responsive design? Most people vaguely understand that it refers to websites that work just as well on desktops as they do on smartphones, but there’s a lot more …

Live Map Shows Thousands Of Cyber Attacks As They Happen

Sony got nuked, said one security expert. But it’s hardly the only attack aimed at a major corporation. Tens of thousands of cyber attacks are launched every second – a majority of which are directed at the United States – but few have the impact that can force a Hollywood studio to cancel a …

Amazon Announces EC2 Container Service For Managing Docker Containers On AWS

At its re:invent developer conference in Las Vegas, Amazon today announced its first Docker-centric product: the EC2 Container Service for managing Docker containers on its cloud computing platform. The service is available in preview now and developers who want to use it can do so free of …

14-Year-Old Who Built Low-Cost Battery Is Named 'Top Young Scientist'

A 14-year-old boy who developed an eco-friendly battery that harnesses carbon dioxide to generate electricity has been named "Top Young Scientist" in this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Sahil Doshi from Pittsburgh, a ninth-grader at Upper St. Clair High School, takes home …

This Guy Convinced Google, Dropcam, Pinterest To Let 10,000 Hackers Attack

When they find a bug, they get paid.<p>The more bugs they find, the more they are invited in to hack ever-more sensitive parts of a company's network. They hack companies like Google, Dropcam, Pinterest, even some banks.<p>And these companies couldn't be happier about it.<p>In the two years since Australian …

Computer Systems

Karma Go launches so you can stop hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots

Karma is trying to end the hunt for Wi-Fi with its latest portable wireless Internet hub.<p>The new device, called Karma Go, gives users nationwide coverage via Sprint’s 4G LTE and 3G network. Previously the company serviced only select regions and cities in the U.S.<p>Among the many companies that want …

Data Breaches: Is Your Website Leaking Data?

Is your website leaking the keys to your kingdom? You might not even realize it but your webserver might be simply begging to get compromised. This could possibly be leading to a data breach. This week I was poking about on my search engine of choice looking for things that, realistically, I should …

New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold

Researchers at Aalborg University, MIT and Caltech have developed a new mathematically-based technique that can boost internet data speeds by up to …

Cybersecurity

Dark net's 'Google' makes finding drugs and guns online easy

The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband …

How slime mold can design transportation networks and maybe even transform computing

The yellow blobs of slime mold normally grow in dark forests, not on computer chips or on gelatinous squares shaped like the United States. But …

Git tips from the trenches

##After a few years with git everyone has their own bag o’ tricks - a collection of bash aliases, one liners and habits that make his daily work …

Software Development

Marvel gives comic book characters their own API

From Captain America and Spider-Man to Wolverine and Iron Man, Marvel Entertainment, a Disney subsidiary, has built an empire by bringing more than …

20 of the Best Productivity Apps of 2013

2013 was a great year for productivity. The email problem hasn’t been completely solved, but apps like Mailbox and Dispatch have taken away much of the pain of the task. Meanwhile, we have plenty of choices for calendar and to-do apps that are well-designed, useful and fast.<p>Here are 20 of our …

This headband promises to help you take control of your dreams

Andrew Smiley was sitting inside a huge, ornate dining hall when he began to notice the lights pulsing overhead. That’s weird, he thought. He stood up to get a better look, drawing the eyes of those around him. Suddenly, he knew what was happening, and what to do next: he bolted, diving through a …

NSA reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware

According to a new report from <i>Der Spiegel</i> based on internal NSA documents, the signals intelligence agency's elite hacking unit (TAO) is able to conduct sophisticated wiretaps in ways that make Hollywood fantasy look more like reality. The report indicates that the NSA, in collaboration with the …

Mozilla’s Asm.js Gets Another Step Closer To Native Performance

Mozilla’s asm.js is a strict subset of JavaScript that Firefox can run significantly faster than regular JavaScript code. Thanks to the so-called OdinMonkey module for Firefox’s built-in JavaScript engine, asm.js code was running at about 2x native speed in March and this week, the organization …

JavaScript is closing the gap on native performance, says Mozilla

In a new post on web technology performance, Mozilla says it’s cracked the code on faster, better-performing JavaScript.<p>In fact, Mozilla researcher Alon Zakai writes, JavaScript is getting closer and closer to matching native OS technologies when it comes to certain performance benchmarks.<p>“Asm.js …

New Edition Of Dungeons & Dragons Will Be Released In Summer 2014

Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast announced today that it will release the highly-anticipated new edition of the classic fantasy role-playing game “in summer 2014.”<p>The news comes almost two years after WotC announced it was developing a new edition of the Dungeons & Dragons rules, …

Surprise! Woman finds out Bill Gates is her Secret Santa

Most Secret Santas are average gift givers, but one woman got a big holiday surprise this week when she participated in an online gift exchange and received a package from none other than Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.<p>The lucky recipient, who identified herself online as Rachel and who goes by …

iPhone game controllers are here, but the games may never be

The original iPhone ushered in a new way to play games. With no control input other than a touchscreen and gyroscope, developers were forced to use touch and tilt in inventive and clever ways. It lead to wonderful games like <i>Ridiculous Fishing</i> and <i>The Room 2</i>, but all along many developers continued …

KidoZen Finds Right Fit With Enterprise Backend That Connects To Developer Platforms

A number of companies are building robust mobile platform as a service offerings. But few are building both a platform and a mobile backend as a service like that from KidoZen, an enterprise mobile PaaS that recently raised $5 million from Third Point Ventures.<p>The service allows a company to …

nWay Raises $5M To Build Out ChronoBlade MMO Game

nWay, a San Francisco-based gaming startup from an experienced team of MMO-makers, just raised $5 million in funding led by TransLink Capital.<p>They also had participation from several of Silicon Valley’s better known micro-VCs and early-stage funds like Baseline Ventures’ Steven Anderson, Cowboy …

Sketchfab’s $2 Million Funding Should Mean Lots More Fun 3-D Renderings of New Tech Gear

Sketchfab announced on Thursday that it has raised a $2 million funding round as it seeks to become “the YouTube of 3-D renderings.”<p>The funding comes …

Emerging Technology

Experimental 3D scanner creates clear images with almost no light

We've seen single-pixel cameras, and now MIT researchers have figured out how to create clear images of dimly-lit objects using single photons -- in 3D, no less. The technique doesn't involve any fancy new hardware, either, as the team worked with a standard photon detector that fired low-intensity …