Unity 2018.2 Released

New version of popular cross platform engine brings cool new features and updates
11 July 2018   350

The developers published an update of the game engine Unity. According to the team, the new version is mostly devoted to improvements in rendering and mobile development.

The update improves and optimizes the performance of the two components of the Scriptable Render Pipeline: Lightweight Render Pipeline (LWRP) and High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP) tools.

  • LWRP controls the loading and storage of tiles, optimizing the memory of the device, so that high performance is achieved even on weak hardware and in high-load applications in virtual reality;
  • HDRP includes various improvements in image quality and visual effects to create cinematic images on powerful platforms such as PCs and game consoles.

Both functions are still in early access and are not recommended for commercial use.

In addition, Shader Graph - a tool for visual creation of shaders without programming skills - now supports both components of Scriptable Render Pipeline. It also received an improved interface for interaction and several new features.

With the new version of the engine, users will be able to download files with .java extensions into the project without the need to collect separate libraries in Android Studio. They will be recognized as Unity plug-ins and compiled into an executable file. Also engine now officially supports Android-applications with 64-bit architecture, which means projects can use more than 4 GB of RAM.

In addition, developers have added the ability to debug managed code on iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, UWP and PS4.

Cloudflare to Develop IPFS Gateway

According to the developers, new gateway will allow to create P2P based websites
20 September 2018   95

Cloudflare told about the IPFS gateway, which will allow creating sites based on P2P network. The company said that access to content will be done without having to install special software on the devices.

As a technology feature, Cloudflare experts note decentralization. Using a standard network scheme with servers involves physical storage of data in one place. Hacking the server or damage to communications as a result of an emergency (for example, a natural disaster) will lead to inaccessibility of information or its loss. The same is threatened with information if the server owner has decided to refuse it.

Cloudflare Network
Cloudflare Network

The IPFS gateway combines computers, on each of which some information is stored, to the worldwide network. Therefore, the inaccessibility of one computer does not mean that the content can not be viewed or downloaded. Therefore, the key differences are two:

  1. With IPFS, anyone can freely post information instead of storing it on remote servers and paying for their services.
  2. Requests for access to data are carried out using cryptographic hashing, rather than by IP address. The query data is converted to a series of letters and numbers, by which the system finds the required files. For example, the query for any information will not like "get information that is located at IP address 93.184.216.34", but the kind "get information with hash sum QmXnnyufdzAWL5CqZ2RnSNgPbvCc1ALT73s6epPrRnZ1Xy". This hash sum is part of the desired file and is on several computers.

The system automatically determines the authenticity of the file. If we take as an example a query with a hash sum QmXnnyufdzAWL5CqZ2RnSNgPbvCc1ALT73s6epPrRnZ1Xy, then when receiving the information it should remain the same. If the hash value differs, then the file has been changed. In other words, the hash-sum can be represented as a unique fingerprint:

IPFS Security
IPFS Security

Supporters of decentralization are also in a number of other companies. Mozilla employees believe that consumers should not be tied to a particular product, brand or platform. In early August 2018, developers published a version of the IoT gateway Things Gateway 0.5. In it, they realized the possibility of loading third-party icons and an interface for complex devices.