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Flash’s slow death continues with Chrome 55

Flash’s slow death continues with Chrome 55

Google is continuing its plan to phase out Flash in favor of HTML5 today by launching Chrome 55. With this new update, many sites around the web will begin defaulting to HTML5 instead of Flash. There are a few exceptions, but Chrome 55 largely implements the measures Google laid out earlier in the year.

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Google Chrome puts Flash to pasture starting next month

Google Chrome puts Flash to pasture starting next month

There really is no stopping Flash's demise. Not when all the major browsers have ganged up on it. The latest to pull the plug is Google's Chrome, which is kickstarting the process to Flash's exit from the Web scene starting in September. Of course, that doesn't mean that annoying ads, especially video ones, will be going away forever, though some will undoubtedly see some downtime on Chrome browsers. It just means that, eventually, they will be taking on a more resource efficient, standards compliant form.

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Firefox will block some Flash content starting next month

Firefox will block some Flash content starting next month

As of next month, Mozilla will have its Firebox browser block some Flash content, following the same trend we’ve seen with the other major Web browsers. Only non-essential Flash content will be blocked; this includes Flash elements that aren’t visible to the end user. As a result, says Mozilla, users will experience less issues with Flash crashing or causing the browser to hang. Battery life, page load speeds, Firefox’s responsiveness, and overall security will all be improved as a result.

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Twitch HTML5 beta now available to select users

Twitch HTML5 beta now available to select users

It's been a long time coming, but Twitch is finally signaling that it will soon leave Flash in the dust. Today the streaming site announced that a beta for its new HTML5 video player has gone live, which we're sure is something that will make a lot of longtime Twitch users happy. After all, even Twitch is forthcoming in saying that HTML5 support has long been one of its most requested features.

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Safari will block Flash by default in macOS Sierra

Safari will block Flash by default in macOS Sierra

Another one of the final nails has been hammered into the coffin of Adobe Flash. The latest version of Apple's Safari browser that will be included in the release of macOS Sierra has been revealed to block plugins like Flash and Java while users navigate the internet. As the newest version of Apple's desktop OS, mac OS Sierra — revealed at WWDC this week — and Safari 10 will instead default to HTML5 whenever it's available.

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Alcatel Flash Plus 2 launches packing metal frame for mid-range shoppers

Alcatel Flash Plus 2 launches packing metal frame for mid-range shoppers

A new smartphone has launched called the Alcatel Flash Plus 2 and the smartphone is aiming at the mid-range shopper wanting high-end design for their money. The smartphone has a metal frame and lots of other features expected in a smartphone today like fingerprint recognition, Hi-Fi sound, and faster battery charging.

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Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Google Chrome to completely phase out Flash by Q4 2016. Almost.

Once and briefly the darling of interactive Web content creators, Flash has fallen by the wayside and has become more of a liability than a feature. Even Adobe has taken steps to de-emphasize Flash content in its own tools, while still keeping backwards compatibility a thing. In its stead is HTML5, which covers almost everything Flash can do, especially videos. To hasten Flash's demise from the Web, Google will disable Flash by default in its Chrome Web browser before the year ends. That said, it will still actually ship Flash even then, just in case.

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Microsoft Edge browser will soon auto-pause Flash content

Microsoft Edge browser will soon auto-pause Flash content

Microsoft is going to add an intelligent auto-pause feature to the Edge browser; with it, non-essential Flash content will be paused, only turning back on if the user clicks on it. Such a move is one to encourage an exodus away from Flash, but it is a bit different than how other companies are handling the matter — in most cases, Flash is disabled by default and the user must turn it on. Critics feel that would have been a wiser choice on Microsoft’s part.

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Adobe Flash Player update fixes critical vulnerabilities

Adobe Flash Player update fixes critical vulnerabilities

In a story similar to many from the company's history, Adobe has pushed out a new emergency update that patches many critical Flash Player bugs. In a security bulletin released yesterday, Adobe announced updates for Linux, Windows and Mac that fix several affected versions of Flash, including Flash Player for Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11, and Linux. These ‘critical vulnerabilities’ were used to initiate some cyberattacks.

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Google’s ads will be Flash-free in 2017

Google’s ads will be Flash-free in 2017

We've known for quite some time that Flash's days are numbered. When Apple first announced that they wouldn't support it on their crazy new phone back in 2007, people went crazy. But they were onto something, and the rest of the web seems to be following suit. The latest domino to fall is from Google, and it's a very welcome one.

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Flash (Professional) is dead! Long live Adobe Animate CC

Flash (Professional) is dead! Long live Adobe Animate CC

Adobe has just announced the release of its Animate CC software, which is significant for more than just the users of its previous Flash Professional software. It isn't a simple of case of adding new features and then renaming an old tool. Given the significance of both the tool and the name, it more formally marks the end of an era. With Animate CC, Adobe moves away from the now derided Flash technology, putting its eggs into the new HTML5 basket, a trend that will hopefully be picked up by more content creators on the Web.

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Adobe distances itself from Flash, Flash Pro becomes Animate CC

Adobe distances itself from Flash, Flash Pro becomes Animate CC

Once the darling of web designers, Flash has of late become more of a liability than an asset. The Web at large and the tech giants behind it have called for its death. That puts Adobe in a very difficult position, being one of the standard bearers of good design but also the owner of Flash. But it has seen the writing on the wall and has started to embrace, even move over to, more accepted equivalent HTML5 and WebGL technologies. And nowhere is that more evident than in its latest slew of updates.

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