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.
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.
You might've looked at that title a few times, thinking we made a typo. Well, we didn't. Realease (real-ease) have just pulled the curtain off a brand new 10-inch tablet that runs on Linux, and is predominantly designed for all the developers out there that would like a more mobile way to design things. It's got a few options to make any tablet fan out there happy, so let's just dig right into it.
Apple's iPad is something of a powerhouse when it comes to videos, or at least that's what Apple wants you to think of their tablet device. And, if you were to watch the antics of ABC and Netflix, then you might think that's true. But, they're not the only sources of video out there, and even if CBS and others are focusing on the transition to HTML5 themselves, there's still some companies out there that believe Flash is still where the focus of the Internet is. For example, Time Warner and NBC dont' feel the need to switch.
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.
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."
It's looking more and more likely that Flash's fate will be decided not by technical merit but by market dominance, and with the iPad dominating tablet sales this year it seems companies are content to abandon Adobe's technology in favor of HTML5 simply to get a foot in the touchscreen door. Online document sharing site Scribd are the latest to jump ship, with CTO Jared Friedman bluntly stating "we are scrapping three years of Flash development and betting the company on HTML5."
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."
Does it feel like this week is going by pretty slow to you, too? We could've sworn this was a Wednesday, but thankfully we've got a daily tally, so we figured out the error of our ways pretty quickly. So, welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got an unknown HTC Android device, Facebook changing up video formats, and a lesser version of the Samsung Galaxy S. And then in the Dredge 'Net, it seems that LTE will have more sustainability than WiMAX, a new PlayStation 3 firmware update to add a nice feature, and then finally the Zune HD gets some new games added to the library, along with a new app.