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Flash delay and tablet hysteria to blame for smartbook shortage reckons ARM

Flash delay and tablet hysteria to blame for smartbook shortage reckons ARM

Lenovo's Skylight smartbook launch delay was rumored to be so that the company could rework the software and make it more competitive against the iPad; according to ARM, that reworking could predominantly be happening in Adobe's labs.  The company's VP of marketing, Ian Drew, told ZDNet that smartbooks had "stalled" because of Adobe's delay in bringing Flash Player 10 and AIR support to ARM chipsets; "Our target is mostly internet machines — it becomes sort of a requirement that they run the internet" he highlighted, before going on to suggest that would-be smartbook manufacturers had been "confused" by the flurry in tablet form-factor devices.

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Adobe demo Android Tegra tablet running Flash & AIR “flawlessly” [Video]

Adobe demo Android Tegra tablet running Flash & AIR “flawlessly” [Video]

Adobe have been demonstrating the latest Flash and AIR builds running on an Android-based touchscreen tablet, and it's enough to drive Zedomax into paroxysms of delight.  From having a good look at the prototype, it looks like a slightly updated version of the NVIDIA tablet hardware we played with at MWC 2010 back in February, with the addition of a battery rather than a wired power supply, and according to Zedomax it was managing Adobe playback "flawlessly".

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JooJoo update goes OTA; tablet improved but still buggy

JooJoo update goes OTA; tablet improved but still buggy

Fusion Garage has confirmed that the promised JooJoo software update has been released OTA to existing owners.  Tipped to address UI problems and bring full-screen Flash video playback to the iPad-alternative, the new firmware has also been loaded onto demo JooJoo units Fusion Garage have been toting for their European roll-out; unfortunately, judging by some hands-on impressions with the updated unit, it's still not perfect.

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Nokia N8 browser gets video demo: multitouch, Flash & more

Nokia N8 browser gets video demo: multitouch, Flash & more

Nokia have offered a reasonable number of video demos of the new N8 smartphone, but one thing we've not seen before is how the Symbian^3 handset's browser works.  A video has been quietly added to YouTube demonstrating not just page rendering but kinetic scrolling, multitouch pinch-zooming and flash support, but if we were you we'd watch it sooner rather than later: one version has already been taken down.

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Microsoft pushing H.264 HTML5 video in IE9; Flash has “reliability, security & performance” issues

Microsoft pushing H.264 HTML5 video in IE9; Flash has “reliability, security & performance” issues

Apple and Microsoft might not always agree, but it seems they coincide when it comes to Flash video.  After Steve Jobs posted a lengthy critique of Adobe's technology yesterday - followed by a reasonably swift rebuttal from the company themselves - Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch, general manager for IE9, has waded in to throw some support HTML5 and H.264's way.  According to Hachamovitch, "in its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video only."

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Adobe CEO Responds to Steve Jobs About Flash [Updated]

Adobe CEO Responds to Steve Jobs About Flash [Updated]

Considering the scathing nature of Steve Job's open letter about Flash Player and Adobe, we're not surprised to hear that Adobe's CEO, Shantanu Narayen, has made some official comments in reply. Courtesy of an interview the man just had with The Wall Street Journal, we've got some pretty interesting remarks as to what Jobs said earlier this morning. In the end though, it's nothing we haven't heard before, but that doesn't make it any less obvious that the two companies are indeed butting heads.

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Skyfire 2.0 for Android makes mobile Flash work [Video]

Skyfire 2.0 for Android makes mobile Flash work [Video]

You can be sure that the irony of Skyfire launching their Skyfire 2.0 Flash-happy browser for Android within hours of Steve Jobs taking Adobe to task over Flash being unsuitable for mobile devices will be well noted, but don't let that distract you from just what's on offer here.  The big news is the new "SkyBar", which throws in automatic Flash video streaming for otherwise broken video links, together with social networking integration.

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Steve Jobs on Flash: Adobe should focus on the future, not criticize Apple

Steve Jobs on Flash: Adobe should focus on the future, not criticize Apple

In an open letter published to Apple's site today, Steve Jobs has taken a hatchet to Adobe over Flash and their attitude toward Apple recently.  Outlining the six reasons he believes Flash is not best suited to mobile devices, Jobs describes the technology as "created during the PC era – for PCs and mice," and as falling short when it comes to "low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards."

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Apple open NVIDIA GPUs for H.264 decoding: faster Flash a possibility

Apple open NVIDIA GPUs for H.264 decoding: faster Flash a possibility

A recently added Apple technical document has led to suggestions that Adobe Flash could take advantage of GPU hardware acceleration on certain OS X 10.6.3 MacBook Pro, Mac mini and iMac models.  The Video Decode Acceleration framework can be used with NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M and GeForce GT 330M GPUs, and permits developers low-level access to their H.264 decoding capabilities.  That could mean faster Flash performance and reduced CPU load.

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