Ep 46 of 2011
Steve Jobs certainly had it in for Adobe’s flash, and last week it seems some of his campaigning may have finally come to fruition with Adobe announcing that it was no longer going to develop Flash for mobile devices. Steve was adamant that there was no need for anything to come between a devices operating system and its applications, which is one of the main reasons behind the companies refusal to allow Flash on its iGadgets.
Last week Adobe announced that future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.
Adobe will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. The company will continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.
Adobe, like others, will now focus on HTML5, the next generation of HTML, which is the language behind today’s modern internet browsers. It will still continue Flash for PC’s. HTML5 has become the new flavor for rich media development and with this new direction of Adobe combined with the growth of mobile devices to access the web, it would seem as if Flash may become a deprecated programming language eventually.
Flash Player 11 for PC browsers just introduced dozens of new features, including hardware accelerated 3D graphics for console-quality gaming and premium HD video with content protection. Adobe said Flash developers can take advantage of these features to reach more than a billion PCs through their browsers and to package native apps with AIR that run on hundreds of millions of mobile devices through all the popular app stores, including the iTunes App Store, Android Market, Amazon Appstore for Android and BlackBerry App World.
It’s worth noting that Flash is proprietary software, meaning Adobe looks to earn revenue from its users, HTML5 is not. HTML5 is just the way of the new browsers we load on our computers and gadgets which allow us to enjoy the content rich world of today’s internet.
This week on Tech Talk Radio
Scott Lorson, CEO of Fetch TV, talks to Adam about Apps, Adobe finally kills off Flash for mobiles, Apple is still ironing out the bugs in iOS5, illegal game downloads are on the rise, and Steam’s gaming portal forum is hacked.
This week's App of the Week:
Apple's iPad: WhiteNote
WhiteNote is an easy to use digital notebook application for the iPad that supports free-form text positioning and basic free-hand drawing as well as support for images and sound. It is designed to replace a physical notebook but applies technological advantages such as searching, real-time collaborative white boarding and content sharing. With WhiteNote, like a real notebook, you can create subjects to categorize your work. Then insert as many pages as you need using one of the many optional paper styles.
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