Google is expanding the abilities of its Native Client technology for accelerated Web applications so it will encompass a newer and increasingly important frontier of computing: graphics.
Native Client, available as a plug-in and being built directly into Google's Chrome browser, got its start as a way to run software modules for x86 chips such as Intel's Core or AMD's Athlon. The difference over conventional software is that Native Client (NaCl) modules are downloaded over the Net but for security reasons run in a restrictive sandbox and with certain instructions prohibited. Google's vision is to marry … Read more
Don't trust the benchmarks just yet. Apple has released a software update for the newly released 2010 MacBook Pro computers, which provides increased stability for high-performance video and gaming applications.… Read more
The 17-inch MacBook Pro has always been the domain for a special subset of people: desktop-replacement connoisseurs, fans of higher-res screens, and graphic designers in particular. The spring 2010 17-inch MacBook Pro retains nearly all of the design features from the 2009 version, but the internal components have at last received a significant boost.
As we had expected and hoped, Apple's new 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros have made the shift to Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, matching a move that the rest of the industry has rapidly made. The 17-inch Pro comes in a single 2.53GHz … Read more
Panasoft's Image Generator is a graphics application that's simple enough for beginners to handle while still offering enough extras, such as 3D capabilities, custom templates, selectable transparency, and Web site editing, to please experienced users. Its unique raster image transformation technology makes it easy not only to create high-resolution images but also generate cartoons, shapes, and other effects. While it's pared down compared with some other graphics apps, it packs the usual photo correction capabilities, drawing tools, and other features common to the type.
The program's interface resembles similar applications, favoring Microsoft Paint more than Adobe'… Read more
Most PC users have gigabytes of digital images they're going to go through and resize, one by one, and display online or in an album, someday. Why not today? Magic Project's Image Resizer is a simple utility that makes a fast and easy job of resizing nearly all kinds of digital pictures, singly, in bunches, or in big batches.
Although it downloads with full setup and uninstall features, this small program needs no installation. It opens and runs directly from the downloaded executable file, which makes it completely portable; you can even carry it in your camera's … Read more
Marvel Comics brings the largest U.S. comic book publisher to the iPhone and iPad with an interesting, but effective, way to read your favorite Marvel comic books. The interface of the app, before you start actually reading, includes buttons across the bottom to view My Comics (comics downloaded to your device), Featured titles, Free titles, a Top 25 list, and a Browse button, so you can sort by series, creator, genre, and other criteria. Clearly, the Marvel Comics app was made to sell and view comics, with several titles you can buy going all the way back to "… Read more
Two related projects from Mozilla and Google, each with the similar goal of bringing hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the Web, appear to be joining forces after a change in Google tactics.
The two projects emerged at nearly the same time in 2009: the O3D browser plug-in from Google and the proposed WebGL standard from Mozilla and the Khronos Group, which standardizes the OpenGL graphics interface on which WebGL is based. O3D is a higher-level technology, whereas WebGL is more concerned with the nuts and bolts of 3D graphics.
In recent months, though, O3D has become dormant. But it's not … Read more
For novices, editing images can be a daunting task. That's why it's important to have a program that makes the whole process as friendly and effortless as possible. Unfortunately, Free Image Editor is not that kind of program.
The program's user interface is both unattractive and unintuitive. Three rows of tiny command buttons run across the top of the window. We had to hover our mouse over each one to find out what it's supposed to do. The only Help feature we could find was a link to the publisher's Web site, and even then, … Read more