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Star Wars TFA vids show how Maz Kanata, CG shots were made

Star Wars TFA vids show how Maz Kanata, CG shots were made

Since time immemorial … OK maybe not that too long ago, films, especially science fiction, have been the seed bed of the latest in CG technology. Year after year, we are treated to movies that push the limits of computer generated images, pushing the boundaries of our own perceptions and minds. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is, of course, no different and although not as revolutionary as some titles would claim to be, it has its fair share of CGI shots that are vying for a slot in awards night. Two breakdown edit videos give a glimpse of the craftsmanship behind those shots, especially in bringing the mysterious Maz Kanata to life.

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“New Generation” of auto-drones coming with NVIDIA Jetson TX1

“New Generation” of auto-drones coming with NVIDIA Jetson TX1

NVIDIA says their new credit-card sized "Jetson TX1" module will enable "a new generation of smart, autonomous machines that can learn." Before you start thinking this is Skynet, all over again, terminators running wild, take heed: they're being made for good, not evil. NVIDIA suggests that these modules will be used in drones that scan crowds to "identify suspicious activity." They'll be used in drones that "navigate their way through a forest for search and rescue." They'll be smart - and they'll be able to grow more intelligent, too.

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NVIDIA drivers land in Fallout 4’s tree of optimizations

NVIDIA drivers land in Fallout 4’s tree of optimizations

Launch day for Fallout 4 includes the release of NVIDIA's newest Game Ready driver, ready to pump the quality up to the tippety top of all your computer's abilities. Users will - of course - need an NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU, the Game Ready driver itself, and GeForce Experience more than likely. Using the GeForce Experience, users will be able to tap into optimal settings for their unique setup with a couple of taps of a couple of buttons - far easier than going in to the game's settings and setting everything up yourself.

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ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

ARM’s Mali-470 promises smoother graphics for wearables

Despite the growing popularity of wearables, smartwatches, and IoT devices, few of the hardware inside them are specifically designed with those form factors in mind. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 used in many smartwatches, for example, is running on half its cores to maintain the balance between performance and power drain. ARM Holdings, designer of the popular computing architecture, is changing that status quo by releasing the Mali-470, a new graphics core that has been designed to address the needs of tomorrow's smartwatches and the Internet of Things.

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NVIDIA reveals desktop-class GTX 980 in a laptop

NVIDIA reveals desktop-class GTX 980 in a laptop

While NVIDIA has previously suggested they had the ability to bring desktop graphics to a laptop, never before have they actually pushed a desktop card to a laptop machine. Today they've revealed that they're bringing the desktop-class GPU GTX 980 to the laptop space. A laptop such as this will have a GPU therefor with 2048 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1126, boost clock of 1216, memory clock at 7GBPS, 4GB of RAM, and a 256-bit memory interface.

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EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Review: budget gaming’s new king

EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 Review: budget gaming’s new king

NVIDIA reveals the GeForce GTX 950 graphics card, a sweet spot for gamers not aiming to break the bank for competition-level play. This graphics card will cost you a cool $160 USD - depending on the model you opt for - and it'll be sitting kindly alongside cards like the slightly smaller GTX 750 Ti. This card isn't meant to battle at 4K, but to keep your pocketbook from starting on fire as it delivers graphics on the higher end of 1080p. Still using a monitor you bought four years ago and feel comfortable with using today? Have a peek at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950.

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Researchers create creepy, hyperrealistic CGI skin

Researchers create creepy, hyperrealistic CGI skin

A newly developed CGI rendering technique is about to take CGI renditions of human skin to an "uncanny valley" level of creepy. Until now, rendering only created "mesoscale" details such as pores and wrinkles. This new CGI method captures details on a "microscale" which includes the texture within pores and extremely fine lines. Normally, skin microstructures that are under one-tenth of a millimeter are not reconstructed in CGI, even though they have a large impact in the way we perceive facial expressions.

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AMD R9 Fury X leads Radeon 300 into NVIDIA battle

AMD R9 Fury X leads Radeon 300 into NVIDIA battle

AMD has blasted a set of new video cards out among the E3 2015 gamers, topping out with the liquid-cooled R9 Fury X. Powered by 4,096 stream processing units in a dual-slot card, the R9 Fury X packs 4GB of High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM), boasting in excess of 3x the bandwidth per watt of GDDR5 memory. Altogether, it's capable of driving up to six displays, with 4K resolution and DirectX 12 support, and sits at the pinnacle of AMD's new Radeon 300 series.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Review

When we saw the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X, we knew it was only a matter of time before the company brought heat to the slightly more pocket-friendly segment. For gamers that want top-of-the-line performance without dropping a thousand bucks on a GPU, there's the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti. This card takes the $650 spot in NVIDIA's lineup, carving out a place for itself with 6GB of GDDR5 RAM, 2816 CUDA cores, and and the same clock speeds as the king Titan X. With just 8% less CUDA goodness than the $1k X, you're getting this card for a whole lot cheaper.

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For Star Wars, live motion capture is the future

For Star Wars, live motion capture is the future

Today we're taking a peek at how Star Wars is being made. The creation process, you'll find, isn't all that different from how video games are made. Video games like Star Wars 1313. Even though J.J. Abrams has assured the public time and time again that practical effects are king in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we've got reason to believe that this doesn't necessarily mean that everything is as it seems --here we'll also be explaining why that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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NVIDIA creating “any technology that helps them make Star Wars faster”

NVIDIA creating “any technology that helps them make Star Wars faster”

Earlier this week NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed that Lucasfilm was using NVIDIA technology to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens. "I'm out-of-my-body excited about this," said Huang, "I'll create any technology that helps them make Star Wars faster." Today NVIDIA confirmed what hardware Lucasfilm was using to push the next generation in Star Wars production. "To create the most immersive and visually exciting imagery imaginable," said Lutz Latta, Principal Engineer at Lucasfilm, "Lucasfilm artists and developers need optimal graphics performance and GPU power."

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Local Motors’ 3D-printed car “Strati” up close with NVIDIA DRIVE CX

Local Motors’ 3D-printed car “Strati” up close with NVIDIA DRIVE CX

Today we've gotten the opportunity to get up close and personal with the world's first 3D-printed car, "Strati" by Local Motors. This vehicle is being shown this week with NVIDIA DRIVE CX inside - that's a digital cockpit computer only just announced this January at CES 2015. Before this showing, the Strati used a slightly more traditional dash - today it's using a lovely flat display immediately in front of its wheel with graphics the likes of which a road-ready vehicle's never seen before.

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