In computing hardware is the physical objects like the CPU, graphics card, monitor, keyboard, joystick, mouse, memory modules, hard drive etc. This is in contrast to software, which is the operating system, applications, programs etc.

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What is the purpose of the stencil buffer ? More precisely, what is a stencil in computer graphics?

I read the stencil word a lot, and I don't have a clue what is its real purpose in computer graphics. Seeing the picture in black and white on wikipedia, I'm still having problem with it. Why do we ...
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Phone for Android game development [closed]

I've been developing casual iPhone/iPod Touch games touch for about two years. I'd like to port some games to the Android platform. Since I'm stuck w/ a two year iPhone contract I don't want to get ...