Category archives for: Linux/Unix

3DMark Now Does Stress-Testing


3DMark isn’t just a benchmark anymore. The Futuremark software received an update that adds stress-testing modules to Advanced and Professional editions of 3DMark that enable users to check the stability of their system. The update has four tiers of stress tests based on the Sky Diver and Fire Strike (all three versions) benchmarks, offering different […]

Chrome Will Default to HTML5 by Q4 2016 – The End of Flash Is Near

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Google wields a lot of influence on the web as the developer of the most popular desktop browser in the world – Chrome. As detailed in a draft proposal (via Venture Beat), the company wants to effectively kill Flash by blocking the plugin and prioritizing HTML5 by the end of the year. The plan has yet to be finalized, but […]

Mozilla Wants the Court to Force the FBI to Disclose Possible Firefox Vulnerability

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Mozilla asked a court to order the FBI to disclose a vulnerability the agency has been using to hack the Tor browser, which is based on Mozilla’s Firefox code. Mozilla believes the same vulnerability could be used by bad actors to attack potentially hundreds of millions of users. Mozilla seems to take issue especially with […]

Google Hangouts Now Supports Up to 25 Video Call Participants

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Google has updated its Hangouts app for Google Apps (business) customers and increased the number of people allowed on a single video call from 15 to 25. Users don’t have to do anything to take advantage of this change, though only the 10-most active participants’ video windows will be visible at one time.

Mozilla, Google Debut WebVR 1.0 API Proposal with Virtual Reality Feature Support


  The world is a mere month away from consumer availability of virtual reality headsets, and we’re starting to see more and more announcements about content for the new medium. With a massive influx of new VR users on the way, an increasing number companies are preparing their products and ideas for VR content. Experiencing […]

Vulkan 1.0 Graphics API Launches – Cross-Platform, Performance Boost with Support from ARM, Intel, AMD, Nvidia


  The Khronos group is now launching Vulkan 1.0, new generation, open-standard and cross-platform API descended from AMD Mantle to answer the demand for a low-overhead open-source graphics API. Eighteen months ago, the Khronos Group got to work on its new graphics API, Vulkan, and after some legal delays, the group is launching Vulkan 1.0. […]

Oracle Reveals Plans to Deprecate Java Browser Plug-In

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In part because of the pressure exerted by browser developers, Java curator Oracle has announced that it is going to deprecate the Java browser plug-in. The initiative will start with the forthcoming JDK 9, with removal from the Oracle JDK and Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in future releases. The company notes in the announcement heralding […]

Chrome Browser to Get a Boost in Compression from Brotli Algorithm

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Google is about to make its Chrome browser much faster. The company is ready to use a new compression algorithm called Brotli, according to Google engineer Ilya Grigorik. Brotli can compress web sites in a way that makes them up to 26% smaller than Chrome’s current algorithm, called Zopfli. Smaller web sites take less time […]

Futuremark Drops a Holiday Beta of 3DMark – Includes VRMark


Futuremark gives Steam owners of 3DMark early access to an entertainment-only version of VRMark in the Holiday Beta. Today, 3DMark made a rather cool announcement – it opened up the beta for the 2016 3DMark update. It may be called the “Holiday Beta,” but it will be open until the update comes out. The best […]

Khronos Group Delays Vulkan, While Waiting on Legal Review


The Khronos group announced that it would not be making its end-of-year target to have Vulkan wrapped up. Originally, the Khronos group aimed to have its new Vulkan API wrapped up and released by the end of the year. Alas, that target will not be met. The group informed us that the Vulkan API’s specification […]

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