Check out the new features in version 4 of the FurryBall GPU renderer for Maya.
Furryball RT has been released, with the entire core having been rewritten to support GPU based rendering.
Peregrine Labs have released Yeti 2.0, bringing several new features and improvements to their hair plug-in for Maya.
Geo Maya Hair 2.6
Take a sneak peek at Geo Maya Hair 2.6, a script for Maya allowing for hair to be created from geometry.