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IKEA lets you digitally preview furniture in your own home

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Written by Carl Holmberg

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Swedish furniture store Ikea will release new app for next year's catalogue that with help from the physical catalogue placed in a room allow you to preview furniture in your own home before purchase with the help of augmented reality, AR.

 

Opera releases Chromium-based browser Next

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Written by Carl Holmberg

operanextNorwegian Opera Software has presented a preview of its coming browser with the same name. The new version will be called Opera Next, and the developer has as promised dumped the Presto engine in favor of the WebKit-based Chromium.

 

Futuremark announces PCMark 8

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Written by Carl Holmberg

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Futuremark adds to the popular test suite for PC and announces the next version, PCMark 8. The new suite has new and updated tests, including a new battery test, improved storage benchmarks and support for simulating many popular applications.

 

Witcher 3 lead developer says DRM is the worst thing to happen to gaming

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Written by Anton Karmehed

witcher3Witcher 2 was a big hit when it launched two years ago and before the launch of the coming Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED has shared its views on DRM. The head developer doesn't hold back and calls DRM the worst thing to happen to the gaming industry.

 

AMD to GPU accelerate Java

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

OracleAMD's venture for making the graphics processor handle more tasks than just rendering images in games has potentially big upswing coming. The company has started a close cooperation with Oracle to bring GPU acceleration to Java and hopes to have an OpenJDK ready for the launch of Java 8.

 

Valve starts selling other software than games via Steam

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

Steam_mjukvara_frontBetter late than never, but Valve has now added the new section "Software" to Steam. To begin with there are seven applications, including the popular benchmarks 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage.

 

Valve expands Steam with more diverse software

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Written by Anton Karmehed

steamSteam is the most successful online gaming portal on the market, and the selection of titles and returning sales have attracted more than 40 million users. Users that after September 5th will be able to buy other kinds of software through the Steam portal.

 

Official: Steam for Ubuntu coming soon

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

We have been waiting long for Valve to port Steam to Linux, and now the company has made it official for the first time. The priorities is to get Steam and Left 4 Dead 2 fully functional in Ubuntu, and then transfer more games.

 

Windows 8 gets extended and better support for multiple monitors

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Written by Anton Karmehed

multimonitorWindows 8 will be better optimized for computers with multiple monitors. This is revealed by Microsoft in their latest Windows blog where they show how the new operating system among other things make it easier to move and organise applications, but also customizing different backgrounds.

 

Facebook buys the iOS and Android app Instagram for $1 billion

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Written by Anton Karmehed

instafaceFacebook is one of the decade’s biggest successes and has today an estimated valued of somewhere around $75 to $100 billion, which are almost impossible numbers to understand for most people. The company has now shown their real power on the market by buying the popular app for $1 billion.

 

Google: One million dollar to anyone who cracks Chrome

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Written by Carl Holmberg

Google_logoWhen the hacker event Pwn2Own opens next month Google will participate in a new way. Instead of sponsoring the even it will host its own competition - with up to one million dollar to the one who cracks the Chrome browser.

 

H.265 codec wll support 8K resolution

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Written by Anton Karmehed

ultrahdThe extremely high resolution Quad-Full HD monitors was one of the biggest attractions back at CES. Already in January 2013 the next video standard will be set and the new H.265 standard will support the extreme Ultra-HD resolution.

 

HP: webOS goes open source in September

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

HP made a half-assed attempt to break into tablets and smartphones, but form VP Apotheker decided to make sure that didn't lead to anything. The praised operating system webOS that HP acquired when it purchased Palm will instead oopen up in September.

 

Firefox 9 promises 30% better JavaScript performance

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Written by Anton Karmehed

ff9Firefox 9 has rolled out onto Mozilla's servers and the latest version of the browser offers a number of news. Not the least Firefox 9.0 will bring 30% better JavaScript performance and improved support for themes and swipe navigation in Mac OS X.

 

Google Chrome - now bigger than Mozilla Firefox?

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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It is always a pain trying to interpret statistics, but it looks like Google Chrome could have outgrown Mozilla Firefox. According to StatCounter the browser Chrome climbed past Firefox, something may have just been a matter of time.

 

Google Maps - now indoors

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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Google Maps is one of the most apps that comes with Android phones, and there has been talk about taking the app to the next level. Google Maps will now help you find indoors, not your bedroom but public places like shopping malls and airports.

   

Futuremark working on 3DMark for all Windows 8 platforms

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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Futuremark are perhaps best known for their 3DMark and PCMark tests for measuring graphics and system performance. It has now announced plans for a new 3DMark for Windows 8 that will work with everything from tablets, notebooks and desktops, and both x86 and ARM.

   

Adobe stops development of Flash for mobiles

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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There has been a lot of talk of not supporting Flash for mobiles for various reasons, among others Steve Jobs took a stand against it in favor of open standards. Adobe has now announced it will stop developing Flash for mobile devices, and instead use HTML5.

   

OCZ introduces TRIM-enabled RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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OCZ continues to launch new SSDs using PCI Express and now it is time for OCZ RevoDrive 3 Max IOPS to arrive. The new RevoDrive 3, is mainly intended for workstations and hungry enthusiasts that are looking for the best possible performance and bandwidth.

   

Google continues to grow

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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Google started out as a search engine, but has since spread to most areas on the Internet. Google has not increased its revenue and profit, but also hired thousands of new workers.

   

Google Chrome found in 16% of all browsing computers

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Written by Anton Karmehed

chrome9Google hasn't been around in the browser industry as Mozilla and Microsoft, but with its extremely popular search engine and a very rapid development Google Chrome has lured many users and the latest milestone is a global market shares of over 16%.

   

Firefox 8.0 Beta lets you search Twitter

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Written by Anton Karmehed

ffMozilla recently rolled out the sharp version of Firefox 7.0, but continues its now rapid development. Now there is an open beta version of Firefox 8.0 to download and this time there is extra love for restoring tabs, HTML5 and a closer cooperation with Twitter.

   

Nvidia experiment with streaming of PC games to tablets

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Written by Anton Karmehed

nvidia.streamNvidia has great stakes in both PC games and ultramobile products like tablets and smartphones. The company is known for its discrete graphics cards of the GeForce series and ARM-based Tegra SoCs has now revealed the possibility to combine the platform in the form of a streaming game service.

   

Firefox 7.0 beta easy on the memory for multi-tabbers

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Written by Anton Karmehed

firefoxMozilla continues with the rapid development of Firefox and shortly after it launched Firefox 6.0 the first public beta of Firefox 7.0 has arrived. This time it has focused on the memory usage where it has cut times at loading websites and the amount of RAM used by the browser.

   

GIMP embrace GPGPU acceleration with OpenCL

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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GIMP is a free image editing software for Linux, but also Windows if you are unwilling to pay for Adobe Photoshop or other image editing programs. A problem for GIMP has been that it is very single-threaded, but this will change in the future.

   

Intel acquires game engine developer Trinigy

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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Physics engine Havok is used frequently in games and by platforms - from PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Havok is since 2008 owned wholly by Intel and it has now acquired Trinigy, which is just as spread as Havok between the game platforms.

   

Euclideon promises unlimited reality in games with new rendering technology

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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Many probably remember the video from YouTube where a company claimed it would revolutionize the gaming industry. It called it"Unlimited Cloud-point Data", which would be capable to render an unlimited number of particles in games and the company, Euclideon, have released a new video and says it is almost finished.

   

Sun Microsystems VD blessed Google's use of Java

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Written by Jacob Hugosson

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Oracle and Google are in a deep conflict regarding Oracle's platform and programming language Java, which Oracle says Google is using without consent and is breaking into patents and the use of Java. New, or more precise an old blog entry, by Sun Microsystem's VP has surfaced that might void the whole case.

   

RAGE ID Tech 5 engine and the history of ID [Video]

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Written by Anton Karmehed

rageID Software is working on its next generation FPS title RAGE and before the launch in October it has posted a video preview and the history of ID. We not only learn about how the company worked on the new engine ID Tech 5 but also a trip back to some of the classic games we have some many familiar memories of.

   

Flash Player 11 beta brings 64-bit and 7.1 audio

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Written by Anton Karmehed

flashlogoAdobe continues to develop it's widely used, although criticized media player Flash Player. When it rolls out the first official beta of Adobe Flash Player 11 it brings several big news. Among others 64-bit support, playback of 7.1 channel audio and Stage3D that can be used for 3D rendering in Flash with GPU acceleration.

   

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