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Flash Player 10.2 released: Stage Video full h/w acceleration

Flash Player 10.2 released: Stage Video full h/w acceleration

Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2, complete with support for Stage Video full hardware acceleration. Available initially for Windows, Mac and Linux, Flash Player 10.2 promises 1080p HD streaming video playback with just 1 to 15-percent CPU load on Stage Video supported systems. Meanwhile, Adobe is promising phone and tablet Flash Player 10.2 news - along with AIR news - at MWC 2011 next week.

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BlackBerry PlayBook simulator updated with browser: Flash & HTML5 Video/Audio

BlackBerry PlayBook simulator updated with browser: Flash & HTML5 Video/Audio

RIM has pushed out an updated version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS simulator, complete with a fully embedded BlackBerry browser so that would-be PlayBook devs can test out their web-apps, Flash 10.1 and general site performance. In addition to the Adobe support, the PlayBook will also handle HTML5 Video and Audio (though the simulator doesn't have the full range of codecs that the final hardware will).

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Kinect hack motion-controls Flash UIs [Video]

Kinect hack motion-controls Flash UIs [Video]

The awesome Kinect hacks continue, and BLITZ have delivered what could turn out to be one of the more interesting adaptations of Microsoft's motion-gaming peripheral. They've figured out a way to get the Kinect sensor-bar to work with Flash-based interfaces via Node.js, opening the door to Flash, Silverlight and Unity apps being directly controlled by Kinect-recognized motions.

Video demo after the cut

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Samsung out smart TV plans: Time Warner & Comcast apps; DirecTV streaming & Adobe AIR

Samsung out smart TV plans: Time Warner & Comcast apps; DirecTV streaming & Adobe AIR

Samsung is making moves to kill off the cable STB, and feathering its Galaxy Tab media line-up at the same time. The Korean company has announced partnerships with DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Comcast that will see digital content services from the three companies feature on upcoming Samsung smart TV sets. However, it will also see Time Warner's cable service and Comcast's Xfinity available as an app on the Galaxy Tab.

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Viewsonic GTablet sales yank blamed on Android/Tegra/Flash “user experience”

Viewsonic GTablet sales yank blamed on Android/Tegra/Flash “user experience”

Viewsonic has blamed underbaked Android support for large-screen devices like its 10.1-inch GTablet, an unoptimized Adobe Flash plugin and issued getting its custom UI working properly with NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset for the poor "user experience" reported by early adopters. Having seen the Android 2.2 Froyo GTablet pulled from Staples this weekend over what the retailer described as a "manufacturing defect", Viewsonic is arguing that in fact simple software updates will address the issues.

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Apple takes on Adobe Flash with free iAd Producer tool

Apple takes on Adobe Flash with free iAd Producer tool

Apple is continuing its assault on Adobe, with the launch of iAd Producer, a tool for online advertizers to create interactive iAd content in a manner that would previously have likely required Adobe's Flash developer tools. Described as "a powerful visual editing canvas" that can make "creating beautiful, motion-rich iAd content as easy as point and click", the new software further chips away at what Adobe apps might be considered necessary for users.

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Advent pull Flash Player 10.1 from Vega tablet until “early 2011″

Advent pull Flash Player 10.1 from Vega tablet until “early 2011″

Advent is pulling Flash Player 10.1 support from its Vega Android tablet, after it was discovered that the plugin had not passed Adobe's certification. According to the Advent statement [pdf link], Vega slates bought until now may "not exhibit the optimal performance that the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor is capable of running with certain Flash website content"; the company is working with Adobe on a correctly certified version of Flash Player 10.1, but that isn't expected to be ready until "the early part of 2011."

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The Daily Slash: December 3 2010

The Daily Slash: December 3 2010

Wow what a freaking wild day - phones exploding, 'Splosions being announced, and we get announced to a [Google Chrome event] for next week! This really gets me pumped up. Events are the best. There's breakfast there. Also today we get our hands on a [ONA Union Street Camera and Messanger bag], review a [simplehuman sensor can] (for electronic garbage tossing!), and scream like little girls over the Android release of Pocket God. There's a new smart gun announced for use by US troops in Afghanistan and KISS re-releases their epic coffin line (coincidence?) Philip Berne writes an epic take on [Hannukah and the Hobby Lobby], and NOOKcolor has an SDK released for developers.

All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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Galaxy Tab Flash: an Embarrassment of Riches

Galaxy Tab Flash: an Embarrassment of Riches

With the first stages of the US launch this past week, and European model reviews in the weeks before, the Samsung Galaxy Tab's Flash performance has been well raked over. Flash support has taken center stage as one of the key differentiators between Apple's iPad and Android-based tablets, with Steve Jobs making no disguise of his dislike of the technology and several reviewers flagging up its spotty performance in their coverage of the new Samsung slate. It's enough for Silicon Alley Insider (without actually having used the Galaxy Tab) to describe Flash as "an embarrassing disaster" for Google slates. Problem is, it's a naive stance when an integral part of the Android proposition is flexibility.

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