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Chrome browser gets baked-in Flash support

Chrome browser gets baked-in Flash support

Whether you're on the "bring on the Flash" side of the fence, or patiently counting down the days until its demise at the hands of HTML5, you can't escape the fact that much of the online content we see is powered by Adobe's technology.  Google have therefore announced a new build of the Google Chrome browser that has Flash baked in; it's the first step in their collaborative work with Adobe to tighten up the Flash experience with a new API rather than the flaky browser plug-in method currently used.

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HTC Desire Unboxing [Video]

HTC Desire Unboxing [Video]

While the HTC Legend was a shiny, unibody wonder, the undoubtable star of Mobile World Congress last month was the HTC Desire. Instantly dubbed "the Nexus One with Sense", the Android 2.1 smartphone has just arrived on the SlashGear doorstep demanding its unboxing video privileges. Who are we to turn down a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 5-megapixel camera? Check out the unboxing, plus a first-look comparison with the Nexus One, after the cut.

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HTML5 and Flash can work together insists Adobe evangelist [Video]

HTML5 and Flash can work together insists Adobe evangelist [Video]

Flash and HTML5 are hot topics in the online world right now.  We've heard plenty about how more smartphones will get Flash, how performance might not be what users expect and how mainstream sites are looking to alternatives, and of course there's Apple's ongoing reluctance to add Flash functionality to their mobile devices.  Meanwhile HTML5 is getting plenty of positive press, and most recently Microsoft have announced full support for the technology in IE9.  Is there room for both to live together in harmony, however?  "Adobe platform evangelist" Serge Jespers reckons so, and he's thrown together the code to demonstrate it.

Video demo after the cut

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Anti-Flash movement building as sites court mobile users?

The tide looks like it may be turning on Flash.  With Apple’s continued resistance to adding support for the Adobe system to their smartphone, PMP and upcoming tablet line-up, website developers seem to be scaling back their use of the technology so as to maintain accessibility across as many devices as possible.  Virgin America are the latest big-name company to bypass Flash and choose basic HTML for their new site, telling The Register that the older standard was “good enough” for their requirements.

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TiVo Premiere & Premiere XL officially announced, with new Flash-based interface

TiVo Premiere & Premiere XL officially announced, with new Flash-based interface

TiVo has officially announced its Series4, the TiVo Premiere and Premiere XL, which sports an all-new sleeker hardware design, and, hear this, a completely revamped high-def interface based on the Flash platform.  TiVo’s pitch?  “This is a one-box solution to combine all your content; cable programming, movies, web videos, and music “.

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Adobe: No Flash 10.1 until Windows Phone 7

Flash seems to be a pretty contentious topic when it comes to mobile devices lately, and Adobe’s latest decision seems unlikely to win them any new fans with Windows Mobile users.  According to Adobe employee Antonio R Flores, the company has decided not to support Windows Mobile 6.5.3 or anything earlier with their upcoming Flash 10.1 for smartphones.

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Flash 10.1 may not kill Android battery life [Video]

Flash 10.1 may not kill Android battery life [Video]

Adobe Flash evangelist Mark Doherty has revealed some stats and a video that Flash 10.1 may not have such a huge power consumption effect on the Nexus One.

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Flash 10.1 Beta 3 adds GMA 500 netbook GPU support

Flash 10.1 Beta 3 adds GMA 500 netbook GPU support

Adobe have pushed out Flash 10.1 Beta 3, and the most interesting change is the introduction of GMA 500 GPU support.  This means support for the graphics found in many netbooks, which previously would have trouble playing smooth 720p HD video.

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Nexus One Flash 10.1 video demo

Nexus One Flash 10.1 video demo

It's still not yet publicly available for Nexus One owners, but that hasn't stopped at least one demonstration of Flash 10.1 running on Google's "superphone".  We came across the modified Nexus One here at Mobile World Congress 2010 this week, and shot some video of the SlashGear.TV media player (which is, obviously, Flash-based) along with YouTube.  The good news is that it works; the bad news is that it doesn't work especially well.

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NVIDIA demo digital mag & Farmville on Tegra tablet

NVIDIA demo digital mag & Farmville on Tegra tablet

What's the best use for an NVIDIA Tegra 250 second-gen tablet? If you said Condé Nast's Wired digital magazine demo, or indeed popular Facebook game Farmville, NVIDIA have you covered. The company had their latest tablet prototypes on show, and were demonstrating the finger-friendly magazine together with the addictive farming game.

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SanDisk unveils 64GB iNAND Embedded Flash Drive for mobile phone storage

SanDisk unveils 64GB iNAND Embedded Flash Drive for mobile phone storage

SanDisk is huge in the flash storage market with products ranging from microSD cards for smartphones to SSDs for notebook and desktop computers. The company has announced a new embedded NAND flash product aimed at smartphones and portable devices with 64GB of storage capacity.

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Notion Ink Adam Flash video demo

Notion Ink Adam Flash video demo

Mobile World Congress may have a cellular-focus, but that doesn't mean it's all about phones.  One of the more interesting devices SlashGear have been following this year is Notion Ink's Adam tablet, the Tegra-based Android touchscreen slate that promises to oust all thoughts of the iPad from your imagination, and they're quietly bringing their latest wares to the show.  They're latest prototype is still en-route from manufacturing, but to whet our appetite the company sent over some new video of Adam's rotating webcam and its Flash support.

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