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Adobe AIR 2.5 released for tablets, phones & TVs; InMarket eases app distribution

Adobe AIR 2.5 released for tablets, phones & TVs; InMarket eases app distribution

Adobe's ambitions for cross-platform software are getting a boost today, with the release of Adobe AIR 2.5.  Now eyeing TVs, mobile devices, desktops and tablets - including Samsung's SmartTVs, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook and Android smartphones - AIR 2.5 includes support for a broader range of hardware, such as the accelerometer, camera, video, microphone and GPS, together with multitouch and gestures.  The company is also kicking off another round of arguments with Apple, saying that "after Apple changed its App Store policies, we have revived our efforts to bring AIR onto iOS."  Finally, there's a new distribution system called Adobe InMarket, for developers wanting an easier way to release apps in multiple download stores.

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The Daily Slash: October 14th 2010

The Daily Slash: October 14th 2010

Plenty of speculation being tossed around today, whether it's regarding the BlackBerry Storm 3 or even more rumors about when the iPhone will launch on Verizon. Even the Palm Pre 2 might be landing on Verizon soon enough. Outside of the speculation, in our story from around the Web, we've got Lithium-ion Solar Street Lights getting launched in Japan in January next year. And then, we'll wrap up the rest of the night with stories from around the R3 Media Network. Welcome to the Thursday edition of The Daily Slash.

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Apple vs Adobe – what are the real issues?

Apple vs Adobe – what are the real issues?

The war of words between Apple and Adobe started out with public statements, moved to full page advertisements, and has descended into confusion as Apple has backtracked on one of its initial restrictions and RIM and Samsung have highlighted Flash support on their tablets. To unravel this mess, let’s go back to the beginning: In April, Steve Jobs wrote an open letter to Adobe as a press release and posted it on the Apple.com home page (it can still be found online). Jobs lists six extremely well-argued points, but only two of them matter: Flash’s ubiquity on the web, and cross-platform development. (Some of the other points are legitimate – Flash can be buggy, when it runs without hardware acceleration it eats battery life alive, and some Flash content has not been formatted for touch. However, Apple claiming that it cannot support Flash because it isn’t “open” is disingenuous; Apple supports whatever standards it wants to, and while Flash is most certainly a proprietary standard, it is a standard.)

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Adobe Reports $990 Million Record Revenue for Third Quarter 2010

Adobe Reports $990 Million Record Revenue for Third Quarter 2010

As the third quarter trails to an end, earning results from companies are beginning to come in. Adobe has just reported their third quarter revenue earnings for this quarter, 2010, and they managed to post some record numbers. The company saw sales of $990.3 million for the third quarter, which is compared to the $697 million revenue recorded in 2009, which is a 42% jump from the previous year. Revenue also increased from $943.0 million in the second quarter of 2010.

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Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC gets Android 2.2, 720p HD video, Flash Player now

Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC gets Android 2.2, 720p HD video, Flash Player now

If you've been waiting patiently for Verizon to push out the Android 2.2. Froyo update for the HTC Droid Incredible, not taking the easy option and opting for one of the unofficial ROMs that are circulating, then today could be the day your high standards are rewarded.  Verizon has pinged us to let us know that they're pushing out Froyo for the Droid Incredible as an OTA update, complete with Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

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Flash Player 10.1: This Video is Not Optimized for Mobile

Flash Player 10.1: This Video is Not Optimized for Mobile

Whether or not you've been following the whole Apple and Adobe firefight that's been happening over the last couple of years (but more loudly ever since the launch of the iPad), if you have a smartphone that can browse the web, you've probably been either waiting patiently for Flash to get out of its diapers and give you the full experience you've been aching for, or you simply just haven't cared enough to give it a second thought. Well, now that Android 2.2 has officially "launched" on a device (the Motorola Droid 2), and that means Flash Player 10.1 has officially been "launched," the tests have begun. And, sadly, if you're part of the camp that's been waiting for the full experience of the web on your mobile phone, you might have to keep waiting.

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Adobe CEO on Apple Flash argument: “We’ve moved on”

Adobe CEO on Apple Flash argument: “We’ve moved on”

Apple and Adobe may not be the best of friends right now, but Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen doesn't seem too worried.  Describing the Cupertino company's aversion to Flash on iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad as Apple "wanting to control the environment", Narayen says his company would "rather work with partners who are interested in working with us" and that "they've made their choice. We've made ours and we've moved on."

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