This was inadvertently revealed through a memo sent to analysts. The memo was acquired by ZDNet. In the memo, Adobe mentioned that development of Flash for mobile browsers will be effectively stopped and all efforts will be refocused on developing for HTML 5. The rumor became an actual reality when Adobe officially announced that it will indeed stop development of Flash for mobile devices saying that moving forward, HTML 5 is the best solution for â€œcreating and deploying contentâ€ across different mobile platforms. [Read more…]
In a few weeks Adobe will be releasing both the Adobe Flash Player 11 and Adobe Air to the market. Adobe has been advertising the new products as being significantly more powerful than previous versions, even going so far as describing it as a game console for the web. Adobe claims that the increase in graphics is almost 1,000 times faster than the previous version of Flash Player and Adobe Air.
But Adobe, as any tech savvy person knows, is also caught in a fight for its survival. Even though Flash Player and Adobe Air are quite commonly installed in PCs, Apple has removed Flash from the iOS platform and also on Macs. And another sign that does not bode well for Adobe is the recent announcement by Microsoft that the new version of Internet Explorer that will be included with the forthcoming Windows 8 Metro environment will not be supporting browser plugins â€“ the entry point for Flash in a browser.
With slowly shrinking support and the threat being posed by HTML 5, will Adobeâ€™s Flash still have a future especially in a post-PC age?
If Adobe will be asked, the company thinks that Flash still has a bright future for it. It has already called Flash Player 11 and also Air 3 the â€œnext generation for the webâ€. This is quite a lofty claim. [Read more…]
Six months after unveiling Google Wave in by-invitation-only beta, Google has finally put this service into Google Labs. This means that you don’t need to search or wait for invites anymore. You can just visit wave.google.com and start using this collaboration and communication tool.
According to Google, the latest version of Google Wave in Labs is faster, more stable and much more easier to use. Google has done many improvements to the service for the past six months. These include – email notifications when a wave has changed, easy navigation to unread parts of a wave, and a facility for removing participants which you’ve added by mistake. Â In addition, Google has also added permission management options and an extensions gallery to Google Wave.
For Google Apps administrator, Google has also activated Wave. So, you can now easily enable it for all your users.
For developers, Google has also launched several improvements to the Wave APIs and has open-sourced additional components for building customized Wave services.
And in case you have no idea how to use Google Wave for your own collaboration and communication work, here are examples that you might want to emulate:
Business: Co-workers at companies large and small are using Wave, fromÂ writing software code at Lyn and Line andÂ coordinating ad campaigns at Clear Channel Radio, toÂ international project communications for Deloitte’s As One project.
Education: University students and professors worldwide have used waves within and beyond the classroom toÂ collaborate on Latin poetry translations,Â write academic research papers and evenÂ build new functionality with Wave’s APIs. An ICT teacher also enjoyed having her 5th-graders do theirÂ class research in Wave.
Creative collaboration: FromÂ virtual art classes to writing theÂ Complete Guide to Google Wave itself, waves make it easier for groups to review and critique multimedia content like images and videos. (We’ve heard that Wave is fun forÂ gaming, too.)
Organizations and conferences: TheÂ Debatewise Global Youth panel explored climate change across 100 countries and waves atÂ eComm (Emerging Communication Conference),LCA 2010 conference andÂ HASTAC 2010 helped track speaking sessions. We areÂ using waves in the same manner at today’s Google I/O conference.
How does web page loading speed of 2700 frames-per-second sound to you? If you don’t think its fast enough, I don’t know what else is. Â That’s actually the speed that Â the new Google Chrome Beta Release promises to give. And while the Google Chrome folks are still busy preparing the results of their speed test you might want to start downloading the new release now, either for your Linux, Windows or Mac machines.
And to encourage you some more, the Official Chrome blog tells us:
Todayâ€™s new beta release incorporates one of Chromeâ€™s most significant speed and performance increases to date, with 30% and 35% improvement on theÂ V8 andÂ SunSpiderbenchmarks over the previous betaÂ channel release. In fact, looking back in time, Chromeâ€™s performance has improved by as much as 213% and 305% on these two benchmarks since our very first beta.
If browser speed is not really a big thing for you, Google Chrome Beta’s new features might entice you to get the browser. This new release offers not only bookmark synching capability also browser preferences such as themes, homepage and startup settings, web content settings and language. This means that you don’t have to do all those stuff again in all your installation of Google Chrome on various machines.
For current Chrome users, if you loved Chrome extensions and Incognito mode, well you can now use extensions while in the said browser mode.
Other new features of the new Google Chrome Beta release include geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets and file drag-and-drop capabilities. Â Chrome also welcomes Adobe Flash Player plug-in into the fold – allowing you to browse rich, dynamic websites.
If you haven’t switched to Google Chrome yet or if you’re still using IE, now is the best time to join the world. Grab the new Chrome Beta Release now.
For awhile I thought Lunchwalla which we featured not so long ago was related to Gowalla. So, It was quite surprising to know that the site which lets you organize everyday social events like breakfast, lunch, dinner, movies and more has integrated with Foursquare. So this means that aside from voting in on what to do, you can now check-in when you get to the events you helped organized.
If you’re a regular Foursquare user and have also used Lunchwalla before, this integration would complement each other now. Meaning, all the check-ins you make on the events you organized or helped organized through Lunchwalla will be counted to your quest for mayorship of the place where the event was held. This is in addition to the fact that your check-in appears on your Foursquare profile which you can also display as an update to your Facebook profile. It’s like hitting three social networking sites with one check-in.
Best of all, if you’ve got hooked into Lunchwalla since we’ve featured it on this blog, you must be earning Lunchwalla points right now. Â Of course, you still remember that those Lunchwalla points can earn you some schwags from participating merchants, right?
And while we’re at it, the Foursquare – Lunchwalla integration also lets you import your Foursquare friends into your Lunchwalla contacts list. So, planning events and coordinating them with your friends is now easier.
Incidentally, Lunchwalla is holding a gig right now which might earn you free tickets to see Iron Man 2. So, if you haven’t checked Lunchwalla yet, this gig might entice you to start using Lunchwalla.
Opera’s latest State of the Mobile Web Report is showing some pretty interesting results for iPhone usage and global mobile handset trends. According to the report, the iPhone is now the third most used handset used by Opera Mini users worldwide. Even more interesting is the fact that the other top 20 mobile phones are either Nokia or Sony Ericsson phones.
The report also highlighted the fact that the iPhone is the number one device used by Opera Mini users in the United States. displacing the BlackBerry. Â In addition, of the 10 countries using the Opera Mini, the United States and United Kingdom tops the countries where the iPhone is the most used device by Opera Mini users. This is pretty significant since Opera Mini for iPhone was only made available last month.
Going now to the global mobile statistics presented by Opera, in March 2010, Opera Mini had more than 55.2 million users, wherein 25.8 billion pages where viewed increasing page views by 17.4%. Opera Mini has also generated more than 396 million MB of data for oeprators worldwide. And the top countries for Opera Mini usage in 2010 include – Russia, Indonesia, India, China, Ukraine, South Africa, Nigeria, Vietnam, United Kingdom and the U.S.
Some pretty impressive stats for Opera Mini, right? Have you downloaded the latest version of Opera Mini on your mobile phone? Â What is your phone’s mobile web browser if not Opera Mini?