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Microsoft

+ - Mac users' Internet experience to remain seamless 2

Submitted by thefickler
thefickler (1030556) writes "Mac users will continue to see the Internet as it was intended, thanks to the renewal of a font licensing agreement between Microsoft and Apple. At TypeCon2007 Microsoft and Apple announced they have renewed their font licensing agreement, giving Apple users ongoing use of the latest versions of Microsoft Windows core fonts.

Back in 1996 Microsoft started the "Core fonts for the Web" initiative. The idea of this initiative was to create a a standard pack of fonts that would be present on all or most computers, allowing web pages to be displayed consistently on different computers. While the project was terminated in 2002, some of the fonts defined as core fonts for the web have gone on to become known as "web safe fonts", and are therefore widely used by Internet developers."
Graphics

+ - R. "Doc" Baily's Rendering Engine "SPO

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Hovelander
Hovelander writes "Over a year has passed since the death of visionary CGI artist Richard "Doc" Baily, the man behind the visuals in movies such as "Solaris", "Tron", and "Fight Club". His custom particle rendering "SPORE" software that helped create some of those visions resides in the hands of a few, if any, and is most definitely in danger of being lost to time or powers that will exploit the software for their own limited gain. How is it this groundbreaking code has not been allowed out now that its genius creator has passed? Baily states: "...the workings of my system are so different from polygonal, nurby, volume or scanline renderings that i literally had to unlearn a lot of concepts that are inherent in "traditional" CG systems which I've been using for close to 30 years." The man seemed to have been a rebel that Hollywood tolerated on his terms and his work may well be lost to the rich and connected. By all appearances he would have wanted his baby to keep evolving and actively creating. Who is holding this code up and out of our hands?"
PC Games (Games)

+ - 37th and final Independent game review panel->

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cyrus_zuo
cyrus_zuo writes " Game Tunnel 's monthly Indie game review panel is no more. This month's panel, posted July 31st, will be the final panel reviewing what's new in Independent games. The monthly review panel has run just over 3 years with the July panel marking the 37th panel. Having reviewed 468 games over its life, the panel has had a variety of writers giving a plethora of opinions about what has been great and what hasn't been so great in the world of Indie games. The final panel features Derek Yu from TIGSource (and IGF winner Aquaria fame), Greg Costikyan from Manifesto Games, John Bardinelli from Joystiq, and Caspian Prince from Puppygames."
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