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What Happens When The Weatherman's Computer Fails

The weather team down at ABCNews4 just made the most of a horrific, live computer crash. Apparently, the computer that generates the graphics for the TV weather forecasts failed recently, but instead of just standing up there and talking in front of a blank screen, the team created some super half-arsed chicken scratch pen drawings on printer paper.


Nvidia's Next-Gen Grass Simulations Are Mesmerising

When developers are looking for the next jaw-dropping gaming visual to show off their newest titles with, the responsibility usually falls on some shiny, photo-real car porn or a wavy mullet with individual strands blowing in the wind. But the sizzle reels of the future may turn their cameras ground-ward if Nvidia’s new grass-mimicking effect is anything to go by.


ARM's Next-Gen Mobile Graphics Chips Will Save Your Battery

The English-based chip design company ARM has announced its new silicon. As well as churning the pixels, its new graphics chips will play nicely with your battery too.


Alienware 13 Review: The First Futureproof Gaming Laptop

I’ve owned a grand total of two gaming laptops. It was depressing how quickly they aged. But the new Alienware 13 won’t suffer the same fate. It’s the first gaming laptop that lets you connect a external desktop graphics card for freaking awesome, truly unheard-of speed.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 980: The Beast That Sips Electricity

Over the past year, PC graphics cards have swelled to gargantuan proportions, with price tags to match: Nvidia’s GeForce GTX Titan costs an incredible $US999, to say nothing of the $US3000 Titan Z you might consider if your family is in the oil business. Today, Nvidia’s trying something different: the new GeForce GTX 980 is not only the fastest card Nvidia has ever built, it’s also incredibly efficient.


This Laptop Can Voltron With Its Dock For An Extra Graphics Boost

If you want a laptop that can play graphically intensive games, you’re in a tough spot. Generally, you can opt for something crazy expensive but portable, or something hulking and a little but cheaper. MSI’s new GS30 Gaming Shadow notebook offers a middle ground: Take a slim laptop on the go, and plug into a power-tower at home.


Remembering The Designer Who Made Cities More Colourful

The graphic designer Deborah Sussman died at the age of 83 this week, leaving behind a technicolor legacy. She was perhaps most famous for designing the graphics and signage for the 1984 Summer Olympics, which transformed Los Angeles into a dazzling playground of magenta and teal. But Sussman also left her mark on cities around the world.


This Is What A 3000-Car Race Would Look Like If The Earth Were The Moon

Video: Professional video maker Rickard Rick produces renderings of games in his spare time and this 3000-car race-cum-epic-pile-up is one of his best. The physics are a bit crazy, as if the Earth had the moon’s gravity, but the results have a dream-like quality that makes it fun and hypnotic to watch.


10 Of The Best Moments From The Early Days Of CGI

CGI is everywhere now. In many cases, it’s almost completely indistinguishable from things that were actually filmed. You can only tell by the impossible camera angles. It wasn’t always that way though — you remember The Last Starfighter, don’t you? Still, 20th century CGI had its high points, and these are 10 of them.


Over 100 Years Of Cameras Illustrated On One Poster

A really cool poster was recently posted to Behance featuring an illustrated chronology of cameras going back to the 1860s. The poster was made by Carlos Ramos and Carolina Borrero.