Electronics

A VGA Graphics Card Built with Breadboards

The VGA connector is ubiquitous. You would be hard pressed to find a monitor without one, especially a few years ago. But have you ever wondered what exactly is going on inside of a graphics card that tells the monitor what to display? That’s exactly the question YouTube electronics guru Ben Eater asked. In two […]

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News

Flipboard Hacked: Passwords, Usernames & Emails Exposed

An attacker gained access to, and likely made copies of user account data from the popular news platform Flipboard for 11 months. Flipboard claims the ‘unauthorized person’ had access to Flipboard user data for almost a full year. This is big — Flipboard is installed by default on many Android devices. Flipboard said in their […]

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Game Development

Materials vs Textures vs Shaders

In the game development space, you may find the terms materials and textures used interchangeably. “These textures look great!”, “Cool shaders!”, and “That material looks really realistic!” are common remarks from casual gamers. But what exactly is the difference? Are materials and textures really the same thing? Textures A texture is simply an image; no […]

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Game Development

Why are Normal Textures purple?

If you have spent any time with game engines like Unity or Unreal, or rendering engines like Blender, you have probably seen a purple texture called a Normal Texture. But have you ever wondered why it’s that eye-bleed-triggering shade of purple? A normal map is 3D A normal map isn’t just one shade of purple, […]

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Game Development

The 5 Basic Types of Textures

Have you ever wondered if there is more beyond albedo textures? Have you ever thought about how a normal texture works, and why it’s purple? What about the difference between height maps and normal textures? Read on to learn the most common types of textures used in game design. Albedo An albedo texture give color […]

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News

Apple Launches Flipboard Competitor Apple News+

Similar to the baked-in android news platform Flipboard, Apple announced their new platform Apple News+. Apple says it will be focusing on the style of content delivery. But what separates Apple’s newly revised platform from it’s competitors? “…featuring animated covers, vivid photography and bold typography optimized for iPhone, iPad and Mac. It makes reading articles […]

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