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Microsoft's NoIP takedown (2014-07-02 10:58:14)
As I am writing this article I already know that you won't be able to read it... Why is that? Well at the time of writing, No-IP.com's services have been severely compromised meaning that DNS lookups for www.polaris64.net will always fail. So why don't No-IP fix this problem? Well, it's… click to read more
Web Image Formats and WebP (2011-11-22 00:00:00)
As most web developers will know there are three main image formats used on the web – the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF), Joint Pictures Expert Group (JPEG) and Portable Network Graphics (PNG). Most will also know about their various advantages and disadvantages. Google are hoping to unify these formats in… click to read more
Browser Scripting and Google Go (2011-11-21 00:00:00)
The latest era in the so-called "Browser Wars" seems to be focused largely on JavaScript execution speed. With more and more websites using client-side scripting to enhance functionality (Google Docs, Google Maps, Facebook etc.), the faster these scripts can run the better. Currently the most popular web browsers are Mozilla… click to read more
Skyrim is Released (2011-11-18 00:00:00)
The 11th of November 2011 saw the release of Bethesda Game Studio's latest installment of the Elder Scrolls series, part five, Skyrim. Continuing with the series' single-player role playing theme, Skyrim is the result of around 5 and a half years of development since the previous installment, Oblivion. Skyrim has… click to read more
Adobe Dropping Mobile Flash Support (2011-11-13 00:00:00)
The use of Adobe's Flash plugin on mobile devices has been a contentious issue recently, with Apple devices notably lacking support. So news that Adobe is dropping support for the Flash plugin for mobile devices in favour of HTML5 technologies may be unsurprising. But what does this mean for this… click to read more
Google Indexing Algorithm Gets an Update (2011-11-12 00:00:00)
Google has recently announced that they have updated their core software to allow fresher results in their search engine. These specific changes are intended to allow the search engine to find out whether a person wants up-to-date or historical results. Google is hoping that these changes will make results more… click to read more
Minecraft Wins 2011 GameCity Prize (2011-11-08 00:00:00)
Described as, "Europe's biggest and best-loved videogames culture festival", the 6th GameCity festival has just taken place in Nottingham. The culmination of the four-day event was the GameCity Prize 2011, with the entries including Minecraft, Portal 2, Ilomilo, Pokemon Black and others. And the winner was... Minecraft. Compared to the… click to read more
64bit ARM Architectures (2011-10-29 00:00:00)
ARM, the British multinational semiconductor company, have just announced their forthcoming ARMv8 microprocessor architecture, the first of their architectures to incorporate a 64-bit instruction set. ARM have been steadily growing in the microprocessor market ever since the days of the Acorn Archimedes (released in 1987 (old-computers.com, 2011)). Since then, their… click to read more
Unreal in Flash (2011-10-16 00:00:00)
Epic Games' Chief Executive Officer and Technical Director Tim Sweeney has recently (4th October 2011) demonstrated the Unreal Engine 3 (UE3) running inside an Adobe Flash environment at Adobe's MAX 2011 conference (the same conference at which Photoshop's new unblur feature was also shown). This coincides with Adobe's release of… click to read more