Hot on HuffPost Tech:

See More Stories
Engadget for the iPhone: download the app now
AOL Tech

Tag: WEBGL

Firefox 4 now available to download, official release tomorrow

It isn't available from the official Firefox website yet, but Firefox 4 is now available to download from the Mozilla releases FTP server. Update: you can hit a random FTP mirror by using these links: Windows / Mac OS X / Linux. Update 2: Firefox 4 has now officially launched. Despite what we reported last week, there was an unexpected (and unannounced) RC2 released on March 18. The final re...

Play with Mozilla's HTML5 and WebGL Web O' Wonder

Step right up! Mozilla's Web O' Wonder is a fantastic and enthralling and slightly terrifying playground for surfers of all ages and experience levels. Feast your eyes on funky uses of WebGL and CSS3 transitions as slick as a bald man's pate. Marvel at the flexibility of HTML5 video -- but most of all, revel in the fact that everything in the Web O' Wonder is made of Open Web technologies. T...

Fractal Lab lets you create 3D WebGL fractals that you can explore

Fractal Lab might be coolest demonstration of WebGL and JavaScript that we've ever seen here in the Download Squad bunker. If you've ever studied Mandelbrot sets -- either willingly, or for Computer Science at high school -- Fractal Lab will change your perception of iterative, recursive maths for ever. At first glance, Fractal Lab isn't immediately exciting -- in fact, when you close the He...

WebGL 1.0 spec finalized, everyone but Microsoft supports it

The Khronos Group has finally put its stamp on the WebGL 1.0 spec, and that's good news for those of you running Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, and any other up-to-date WebKit browsers. If you're an Internet Explorer user, however, you're still not invited to the party. Microsoft, with IE9 only being available for Windows Vista and 7, is perfectly content with IE9's DirectX-based hardware a...

Google Chrome gets WebGL, Chrome Instant and Web Store in latest stable build

Google has promoted three major Chrome features from the beta channel to the stable build. With the latest version of Chrome, all users can take advantage of WebGL, Chrome Instant and the Chrome Web Store. WebGL brings hardware-accelerated 3D rendering to Chrome, making for some amazing graphics that could have gaming implications in the future. Right now, you can see it in action in several im...

WebGL has arrived in Google Chrome Beta; get your gaming hardware ready!

Okay, so we're not quite at the point where you're going to be playing the next Crysis sequel in your browser, but still -- the arrival of WebGL in Chrome's beta channel is kind of a big deal. Apart from being able to play around with cool demos like the ones offered up by Google in its official announcement, WebGL is another important step in bringing more desktop-like functionality to the Web. ...

Google offers up WebGL demos to flaunt Chrome's hardware accelerated rendering

Internet Explorer 9 isn't the only pony in the hardware accelerated rendering race. Just about everyone is getting in on the GPU action, and Google's offering up some new partner-created demos to show what Chrome can do. The WebGL-powered demos include a wall of photos by CoolIris, virtual aquarium, an animated grassy field, and a slick little paint-your-own-figurine -- on which I wasted far t...

Adobe Flash 11 will feature a proper 3D rendering engine and API

The next version of Flash, amidst growing competition from emerging 3D-in-the-browser technologies WebGL and O3D, will feature support for 3D graphics. But don't get too excited just yet -- we'll probably have to wait until October and the Adobe MAX 2010 conference before we find out more. There, on October 27th, a Flash player engineer will give a talk about "the next-generation 3D API coming ...

Google, Ambiera show off what WebGL and HTML5 can do for browser-based 3D gaming

One day in the not-so-distant future, we'll all be playing plug-in free games thanks to technologies like HTML5 and WebGL. It all sounds good, but what about a demo? Ok, says Google. How about a little Quake 2 in your browser? They started off with Bytonic Software's Jake2, a Java port of the open source Quake engine. From there, they re-compiled the engine using the Google Web Toolkit (als...

Internet Explorer -- GPU-accelerated HTML5/Interwebs; ALL apps hardware accelerated

You thought GPU-accelerated fonts in Firefox were cool...? Well, Internet Explorer 9 will go one HUGE step further: GPU-accelerated HTML5. Websites will, at long last, be hardware accelerated -- as long as you're using IE9 anyway. I have no idea why we've had to wait quite this long for DirectX utilization in the browser. Zooming, scrolling, physics -- all REALLY fast, really smooth. They a...

3D browser apps and games creep ever closer with the WebGL draft standard

The Khronos Group, which is in charge of the tried-and-tested OpenGL framework, has announced that its work with Mozilla to form a 3D Web standard has reached draft standard form. Ladies and gentlemen: WebGL is born! Draft standards rarely undergo many changes, and most of the important details and unique selling points are now set in stone. There are already nascent, developer versions of WebGL...

WebGL support makes first appearance in latest Firefox 3.7 nightly builds

Google Chrome and other WebKit-based browsers aren't the only ones getting improved 3D graphics handling capabilities. As of September 18th, Firefox trunk builds include support for WebGL. Developer Vladimir Vukićević refers to the project as "essentially a way of accessing OpenGL from within the browser, through the HTML5 canvas tag." Together with the recent leaps in Javascript performance, i...

WebGL: bringing native 3D graphics to your browser

One of the most-anticipated features HTML5 promises for the web is the canvas tag, which allows for dynamic rendering of 2D images. If you can use HTML to draw a 2D image, can native 3D graphics be far behind? The WebGL project is making that a reality by combining the canvas element, a bit of JavaScript, and the OpenGL 3D drawing engine. OpenGL has been around for years, and you might know ...