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iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast

iMac Pro first look | Macworld

iMac Pro first look | Macworldhttps://www.macworld.com/article/3242173/macs/imac-pro-first-look.html?idg_eid=412374c121fe539738655f52ae490f8f&email_SHA1_lc=f6d5fe2a378ea202f8af35117edcb06be2465c6d&cid=mw_nlt_mw_daily_html_2017-12-14&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Macworld%20Daily%202017-12-14&utm_term=mw_daily_htmlMade for video editing, 3D graphics, VR, and software development, Apple’s new pro Mac is an engineering feat.

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This is your brain on art

This is your brain on art - Washington Post

This is your brain on art – Washington Posthttps://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/lifestyle/your-brain-on-art/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_sa-kaufman-1218pm%3Ahomepage%2FstoryWhen we experience art, we feel connected to something larger. Why? If you think about it, having a great time at the theater defies logic in many ways. We’re surrounded by strangers, bombarded with unusual images and often faced with a wordless language of symbols. Yet, on a good night, we generally laugh more, cry more and enjoy ourselves more at a live performance than when we’re watching TV at home. We may even lose ourselves and feel connected to something larger. How does this happen?

Jing Zhiang illustrates fun and colorful infographics for all ages

Jing Zhiang illustrates fun and colorful infographics for all ages | DesignFaves

Jing Zhiang illustrates fun and colorful infographics for all ages | DesignFaveshttps://www.designfaves.com/2017/06/jing-zhiang-illustrates-fun-and-colorful-infographics-for-all-ages#refnlPie charts and graphs can produce efficiency and productivity at work. But these statistical and informational graphics can also turn meetings and conferences into dull and boring routines. Much to our delight, one Chinese illustrator has come up with unique and fun infographic designs that will surely get anyone’s attention. London-based graphic artist Jing Zhiang works mostly in the advertising industry. Turning long and complicated general facts into animated, easy to read material has earned her a YCN Professional Award.

The iPhone 8 is going to have the best graphics we’ve ever seen in a smartphone

The iPhone 8 is going to have the best graphics we’ve ever seen in a smartphone – BGR

The iPhone 8 is going to have the best graphics we’ve ever seen in a smartphone – BGRhttp://bgr.com/2017/03/10/iphone-8-specs-vs-galaxy-s8-rumors/We’ve got a good idea about what the iPhone 8 is going to look like on the outside. It might only be February, but we’ve already got leaks, renders and concepts strongly hinting that it’s going to have an all-glass front display with no buttons and very little bezel. But the biggest improvements could be in AR rather than gaming. Augmented reality is tipped to play a part in the iPhone 8 design, so a more powerful graphics chip capable of processing and rendering AR graphics in real time would make a whole bunch of sense.

Second Life’s creator is building a ‘WordPress for social VR’

For the last 13 years Linden Lab has been developing Second Life, one of the most popular virtual worlds online. It’s easy to scoff at the game, with its dated graphics and simplistic activities. But it’s still remarkably popular, averaging 900,000 monthly active users.

Now, Linden Lab is applying the same approach to virtual reality. The latest headsets are packed with potential, but crafting compelling software is expensive. To make a decent VR sandbox, you need a game engine, a team of talented engineers and artists, and people to manage hosting and distribution. With Sansar, Linden Lab hopes to create “a WordPress for social VR.” While the company handles the technical aspects, crafty creators are free to build unique assets. Anyone who wants to make their own world can buy these items or import their own, quickly building a shareable and reliable VR experience.

[by Nick Summers @ engadget.com]

Has a Black Mirror episode predicted the future of video games?

by Keith Stuart @ theguardian.com

by Keith Stuart @ theguardian.com

The latest Black Mirror series from Charlie Brooker presents, despite its transition to Netflix, another unsettling collection of future shock nightmares drawn from consumer technology and social media trends. The second episode, Playtest, has an American tourist lured to a British game development studio to test a new augmented-reality horror game that engages directly with each player’s brain via a biorobotic implant. The AI program mines the character’s darkest fears and manifests them into the real-world as photorealistic graphics. Inevitably, terror and mental breakdown follow.

New Titanium PowerBook G4

Apple® today announced a major upgrade to its Titanium PowerBook® G4 notebook line with PowerPC G4 processors running at up to 1 GHz, the industry’s first slot-loading SuperDrive™ for reading and burning both CDs and DVDs, the fastest mobile graphics processor, the ATI Mobility Radeon 9000, and integrated 802.11 wireless networking—all in a 1-inch thick, 5.4-pound Titanium enclosure with a widescreen 15.2 inch (diagonal) display.