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Daily Dose - Silverlight 4 VS Tools and WCF RIA Services

05.18.2010
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Microsoft released some handy Silverlight 4 tools for Visual Studio 2010 along with WCF RIA Services this week.  The Silverlight tools provide an Intellisense functionality for modifying XAML styles, and there are tools for new features like elevated trust functions.  They also come with a Data Source Selector for modifying data source information.  Many of the Silverlight design features work in WPF as well.

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We've heard about harnessing the GPU to take some of the pressure off the CPU, but a software team at North Carolina State University claims it could turn a desktop PC into a supercomputer with this concept.  The researchers say they have written a compiler that can fully exploit the GPU's computing power.  While modern CPUs run 20-60 gigaflops, today's GPUs can run 1 teraflop of computing power.  This unlocks a lot of potential processing power.

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