Creative resumes and CVs (24pics)

These original CVs show off some mad designer’s skills when applying for a job

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What is HTML5?

We’re sure by now you’ve heard the term “HTML5” thrown around by the likes of Apple and Google. This is the next evolution of HTML, or Hyper Text Markup Language, which forms the backbone of almost every site on the Internet. HTML4, the last major iteration of the language, debuted in 1997 and has been subsequently poked and prodded so that it can handle the demands of the modern Web.

HTML4 has been tweaked, stretched and augmented beyond its initial scope to bring high levels of interactivity and multimedia to Web sites. Plugins like Flash, Silverlight and Java have added media integration to the Web, but not without some cost. In search of a “better user experience” and battery life, Apple has simply dropped support for some of these plugins entirely on mobile devices, leaving much of the media-heavy Internet inaccessible on iPads and iPhones. HTML5 adds many new features, and streamlines functionality in order to render these processor-intensive add-ons unnecessary for many common functions.

Assuming content providers sign on (and many are), this means you won’t have to worry about installing yet another plugin just to listen to a song embedded in a blog or watch a video on YouTube. Similarly, this is a big deal for platforms that either don’t support Flash (e.g., iPhone and iPad), or have well documented problems with it (e.g., Linux). It will be a particular boon to those smartphones for which supporting Flash has proven problematic.

Rough Timeline of Web Technologies

1991 HTML
1994 HTML2
1996 CSS1 + JavaScript
1997 HTML4
1998 CSS2
2000 XHTML1
2002 Tableless Web Design
2005 AJAX
2009 HTML5

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Last year Audi announced a partnership with NVIDIA to pack its next generation Audi Connect infotainment system with the chip-maker’s Tegra graphics processor. The chipset is part of Audi’s new modular multimedia system – dubbed MMX – which allows the automaker to upgrade the guts of its infotainment system as new hardware comes to market. Today, Audi showed off the fruits of their tie-up.

The new Audi Connect system is set to arrive in the 2013 A3 and Audi trotted out a mock-up of the new compact hatch’s interior to show off the next-gen system here at CES. The Touchpad originally fitted to the Audi A7 and A8 has been incorporated into the MMI knob, allowing users to write individual letters to input destinations, point-of-interest and web searches in place of tedious scrolling. Audi also swapped the traditional buttons flanking the MMI knob with new toggle switches, all of which will make their way to other Audi models in the coming years.

Finally, there’s the ultra-thin seven-inch LCD powered by that Tegra chip, which renders 3D animations with ease, along with displaying Google Earth navigation and Google Street View images. Check it all out in the video below.

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Samsung and Nokia are offering first WebCL implementations for Webkit and Firefox. The technology showcases the horsepower of complex web apps that not only render graphics on the GPU via WebGL, but open the door to fast image and video processing as well as advanced web games that feature realistic physics effects as well.

WebCL was announced by Khronos in March of this year as a new browser platform project that aims to leverage multicore processors and GPUs to enable highly parallel processing of applications. IE9, Chrome 11 and higher as well as Firefox 4 and higher integrate GPU acceleration, which is, however, limited to displayed and layered web content. Only Firefox and Chrome support WebGL, which was finalized as a standard back in March.

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This is a big day in first-person shooter history as id Software marked the 15th anniversary of the release of Quake, one of the industry’s signature shooters. To help commemorate, id Software’s parent publisher, Bethesda Softworks, has posted some remarks from studio co-founder John Carmack on their official blog. As Bethesda notes, Quake was one of the pioneers of online multiplayer, a cornerstone feature for almost every first-person shooter available today.

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DARPA’s looking for a way to give soldiers on the ground more direct access to air support, and the solution that they’ve come up with involves a nifty-looking set of holographic sunglasses.

Generally, when soldiers request air support, that request has to wind its way through patchy radio links, complicated computer systems, intelligence analysts, commanders, lawyers, air traffic controllers, and ultimately aircraft pilots before anything actually happens. DARPA wants to bypass all that with a set of augmented reality holographic goggles that would give troops a direct link to their support aircraft.

Funding has gone to consumer video goggle manufacturer Vuzix, along with traditional defense-tech heavyweights Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, to develop a system that would visually allow troops to “request and control near-instantaneous airborne fire support.” The concept calls for a set of hologoggles slaved to a head tracking sensor along with a data link that can provide real-time information on what resources are available

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The day has come. After much anticipation, AMD has released their new powerhouse flagman – Radeon HD 6990. With a price tag of $699, it certainly deserves a ‘world’s fastest’ title. The 6990 boasts a massive 4GB of GDDR5, 3,072 Stream Processors, 64 ROPs, and an 830MHz core clock speed. A dual-BIOS switch will let you crank that clock up to 880MHz with a corresponding increase in voltage, but don’t expect to see much overclocking headroom above that.

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The GPU giant has unofficially announced (rumored) the release of its new flagman – Radeon 6990 (codename Antilles), to be in the first quarter of 2011.
This anti-human device is capable of producing 6.0 trillion floating point operations per second (TFLOPS) single-precision performance or up to 1.5TFLOPS double-precision performance, making the card highest performing on the planet. It carries two Cayman GPUs with 1920 stream processors per chip and integrates 3840 stream processors with 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4.80GHz. The card comes with with two DVI-I, three mDP connectors and consumes up to 300W of power under load and around 30W in idle mode.

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