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09 Nov 2011 10:14


Tech: Adobe to stop actively developing Flash mobile platform

  • Over the past two years, we’ve delivered Flash Player for mobile browsers and brought the full expressiveness of the web to many mobile devices. However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.
  • Adobe Vice President and General Manager of Interactive Development Danny Winokur • Offering up an explanation for why the company has decided to stop actively developing their Flash mobile products — which Steve Jobs famously ripped apart in an open letter last year. With the iPhone no longer a viable platform for Flash development and the problems developing Flash on mobile devices becoming increasingly obvious, Adobe has decided to change its course entirely. More emphasis on tools (of which Flash is one); less emphasis on across-the-board development platforms. Adobe’s been moving in this direction for a little while; back in August, they released a tool called Edge, which is like Flash for HTML5. Think it’s the right move for them? source

01 Aug 2011 10:34


Tech: With new Edge, Adobe begins to learn to let go of Flash

  • Adobe has seen the future, and it isn’t Flash. The company has released an experimental version of an app called “Edge,” which essentially does the kind of Web animation Flash is known for … except using CSS and HTML5. Wanna try it? You can download it at the link, kids. Check it out. source

12 Jul 2011 14:01


Music, Tech: “New Pandora” does away with Flash and becomes more social

  • Pandora is getting rid of Flash. Their current site pretty much entirely runs on Flash, so a move to HTML5 is a big step for them, and as their site’s tech has gotten creaky over the years, a bit long-overdue. The moral of the story is that Pandora’s facelift looks really, really cool. Not to mention their renovations make the site more social, encouraging people to share music with their friends and making the entire process easier — it’s definitely something to look forward to, especially if you’re an avid desktop Pandora listener. source

20 Dec 2010 20:46


Tech: Apple lowers barrier of entry for advertisers, but not developers

  • Question of the day: Why is there a slick iAd creation program (the brand-new iAd Producer, above), but not a slick iPhone app creation program? Seems like Apple’s new development environment for advertising should exist in a similar form for iPhone app creators, lowering the barrier of entry for many app designers and getting more people in on the game. This seems like a direct competitor to Flash, by the way. source

27 Oct 2010 21:12


Tech: Single tear, Flash: HTML5 videos quickly becoming the norm

  • 26% of all Web video was available in HTML5 back in May, a big jump from 10 percent in January
  • 52% of all Web video is available in HTML5 now; in six months HTML5 will take over the world source

15 Aug 2010 23:11


Tech: Embracing the future: A quick note on our YouTube embeds

  • As you may or may not know, YouTube’s embeds have traditionally used Flash. It’s a big, clunky beast that isn’t really made for the future. It’s not particularly sleek. But, fortunately, Google has a plan for all that. A few weeks ago, they launched these new YouTube embeds that can automatically adapt to the browser, whether it supports HTML5 or Flash. Plus, it’s an iFrame format (and way cleaner than the old style), so, it loads independently of the page. We’re trying them out for now. Please let us know what you think. source

04 Aug 2010 10:42


Tech: How likely is it that the FTC is investigating Apple over Flash?

  • VERY they denied Wired’s FOIA request source

04 Jul 2010 18:09


Tech: Thoughts on Flash: We’d like to jailbreak our iPads to use this

  • Need a reason to jailbreak your iPad? This seems like a pretty big one. That’s right, Comex, one of the main guys in the jailbreaking scene, has figured out how to make your iPad work with Flash, essentially taking the Android version of Flash and creating a compatibility layer for it. It doesn’t support video on that (that’s hard) or support keyboards (that’s easy), but we’re guessing that this could make Jobs’ whole “Thoughts on Flash” spiel sound a little stupid if it actually happens (and it works well). source

26 May 2010 11:06


Tech: Wired Magazine’s new iPad app: Adobe had to re-work it


  • What the app has: A five-dollar price tag, an innovative approach, and a really cool design.
  • What the app doesn’t have: Flash. Adobe had to recode the entire app for Conde Nast after Apple changed their rules. Probably not cheap at all. But worth it. source

05 May 2010 20:41


Tech: Scribd switching to HTML5, kicking Flash while it’s down

  • We are scrapping three years of Flash development and betting the company on HTML5 because we believe HTML5 is a dramatically better reading experience than Flash. Now any document can become a Web page.
  • Scribd co-founder and chief technology officer Jared Friedman • Revealing the company’s plans to ditch its Flash-based distribution mechanism for HTML5. Why is this a big deal? Well, they’re about to turn hundreds of thousands of print-focused PDF documents into Web pages. This is a big deal for the future of the Web, because it’s yet another fairly large platform that’s about to switch away from Adobe’s software. Even Adobe, recently eviscerated by Steve Jobs, sees the writing on the wall here. source