The iOS hacker behind the Spirit jailbreak for iPad and iPhone has followed up with a build of Adobe's Flash that works on the iPad. Ported from the recent Android release and dubbed "Frash", it runs in a compatibility layer and permits "most Flash programs" - such as streaming videos and games - to play natively in the iPad's Safari browser.
Video demo after the cut
Having been in beta for the past few months, Adobe's Flash Player 10.1 has finally emerged as an official release for Windows, Mac and Linux systems. Packing such niceties as hardware-based H.264 video decoding, HTTP Dynamic Streaming, peer-assisted networking and Multicast, Flash Player 10.1 also includes multitouch support - such as pinch, scroll, rotate, scale and two-finger tap - for compatible hardware, and boosted Mac support; on OS X machines, the player is a full-fledged Cocoa app. Elsewhere, Adobe AIR 2 is also finalized and publicly available.
Feuds are nothing new no matter who is feuding be it the Hatfield's and McCoy's, VHS and Betamax, Blu-ray and HD DVD, or Flash and HTML5. Some feuds last decades, others are over in a few short years or months. Apple has decided to add a page to its website to promote the use of HTML 5 and web standards in general.
The Wall Street Journal's annual "All Things D" conference kicked off tonight, and it started off with a presence that's all too familiar in the technology industry. A presence that actually hasn't made an appearance in a few years. And, above all, a presence that's a welcomed entity on any stage, in any location. Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, sat on the D8 stage tonight with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, talking about everything that involves Apple. Of course, they took the time to talk about everything else, too; including Adobe, the next iPhone, casual gaming, and even security and the App Store. After the break, take in the comprehensive coverage, from start to finish, noting all the important parts.
If Apple thought Adobe would merely roll over and accept their recent snubs regarding Flash on the iPad and digital content, then they should probably think again. Adobe have officially announced their Digital Viewer Technology for Magazines - used in the recently-released Wired iPad magazine - a soon-to-be-released add on to the new InDesign CS5 app which will allow would-be publishers to quickly take digital content and package it as magazines.
We've made no bones of our love of NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra chipset, and how excited we are about seeing it in upcoming tablets like the Notion Ink Adam, and unsurprisingly NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, is just as keen on the SoC. He's been talking up the Tegra's potential (again) against Qualcomm's Snapdragon - "we use the right processors to do the right job" - as well as saving some particularly biting criticism for Intel's Z6xx Moorestown chips - "you could give an elephant a diet but it's still an elephant" - and even teasing a little about the possibility of a webOS tablet.
It's been a long time coming but it's here at last. Flash has finally made the transition to the mobile screen. First and foremost, while the Apple/Adobe debate about Flash goes on, I'm going to ignore that issue here. At the end of the day, Apple customers will either view this as important or not and Apple will respond or not.
Adobe might be heaping the pressure onto Apple when it comes to Flash support on the iPad and iPhone, but they're also looking to embrace HTML5 development. At Google I/O 2010 today, the company took to the stage to announce the HTML5 Pack for Dreamweaver CS5, an extension that allows for straightforward handling of HTML5 and CSS3 capabilities, as well as designing single pages that will be usable across multiple screen sizes, whether PC, smartphone or tablet.
Intel have begun mass production of their 25nm NAND flash memory, which began sampling earlier this year and will now begin shipping to manufacturers. The memory - which can put 8GB of storage into a chip 167 square mm, capable of storing up to 2,000 songs or 8hrs of video - will be used in smartphones, PMPs and solid-state drives.
Everything is eventual, and even through this discouraging blog post from Hulu on the state of HTML5 in relation to the video streaming service, there's a light at the end of the tunnel that we can all look forward to. (If you dislike Flash, and are hoping for HTML5 adoption, that is.) Today Hulu updated their video player today, and while some may have assumed it would ultimately be HTML5 ready, that's not the case. And it might not be for a little while longer.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs may not have much good to say about Flash, but Adobe are taking the high ground; well, assuming the high ground is an ad campaign across various high-profile sites that professes their love not only for Flash, Apple and HTML5, but for "Freedom Of Choice". That campaign - which you can see, delivered in Flash naturally, on Adobe's homepage - is supported by an open letter from founders Chuck Geschke and John Warnock in which they warn that Apple may have "taken a step that could undermine this next chapter of the web."