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Google to implement encryption by default in Android L

Google to implement encryption by default in Android L

Following Apple's privacy policy statement yesterday, Google is reported to be coming out with a similar hard-line stance in its next Android release. Devices that will be running the upcoming Android L, sometimes called Android 5.0 or Lemon Meringue Pie, will have their phone's data encrypted and password-protected by default, which would hinder both authorities and miscreants alike from gathering users' private data.

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Anki DRIVE outs new car, iOS update, Android app soon

Anki DRIVE outs new car, iOS update, Android app soon

Anki has a flood of good news today for fans of its DRIVE racing video game slash robot car racing. Along with a new extension car named Spektrix, the company is also announcing a new and lower pricing scheme for its products. On the mobile app side, iOS users will have two new racing modes to enjoy while those on Android will have a promise to hold on to.

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Developing NVIDIA Maxwell: the cooler bits

Developing NVIDIA Maxwell: the cooler bits

The next generation of NVIDIA graphics processing hardware is Maxwell, and this week the company has revealed several key features with which this generation will jump off. In addition to a card that’s impressive in its own right, we’re checking in with several new graphics technologies: DSR, MFAA, VXGI, and VR Direct. Both DSR and MFAA will contribute to the 4K environment, VXGI will bring on the next generation in lighting, and VR Direct will focus on the world of virtual reality.

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NVIDIA VR Direct: Oculus Optimized

NVIDIA VR Direct: Oculus Optimized

NVIDIA is taking the Virtual Reality world head-on with a feature suite called VR Direct. This NVIDIA-made system works with the lowering of latency, VR SLI, VR DSR, MFAA, Auto Asynchronous Warp, and "Auto Stereo." This all starts with latency - the most important element in VR. If the image you’re looking at moves slower than your head thinks it should, you’ll get sick. From there, everything else can expand.

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NVIDIA tackles lighting with VXGI

NVIDIA tackles lighting with VXGI

With Voxel Cone Tracing (VXGI), NVIDIA is bringing on dynamic lighting to games of the future in real time. This system will be integrated with Unreal Engine 4 as well as a number of other major gaming engines by the end of 2014, and it appears that it'll bring a whole new age to the world of realistic lighting for all.

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DSR: NVIDIA down-scales 4K for all displays

DSR: NVIDIA down-scales 4K for all displays

NVIDIA is preparing for the near future in which 4K graphics appear well before the average gamer has a 4K display. Dynamic Super Resolution is the rendering of a game at 4K, then downsampling to the screen you’re working with. Instead of attempting to fit a curved line inside a grid of boxes, NVIDIA works with a filter.

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