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Adobe AIR 2.5 released for tablets, phones & TVs; InMarket eases app distribution

Adobe AIR 2.5 released for tablets, phones & TVs; InMarket eases app distribution

Adobe's ambitions for cross-platform software are getting a boost today, with the release of Adobe AIR 2.5.  Now eyeing TVs, mobile devices, desktops and tablets - including Samsung's SmartTVs, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook and Android smartphones - AIR 2.5 includes support for a broader range of hardware, such as the accelerometer, camera, video, microphone and GPS, together with multitouch and gestures.  The company is also kicking off another round of arguments with Apple, saying that "after Apple changed its App Store policies, we have revived our efforts to bring AIR onto iOS."  Finally, there's a new distribution system called Adobe InMarket, for developers wanting an easier way to release apps in multiple download stores.

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Apple vs Adobe – what are the real issues?

Apple vs Adobe – what are the real issues?

The war of words between Apple and Adobe started out with public statements, moved to full page advertisements, and has descended into confusion as Apple has backtracked on one of its initial restrictions and RIM and Samsung have highlighted Flash support on their tablets. To unravel this mess, let’s go back to the beginning: In April, Steve Jobs wrote an open letter to Adobe as a press release and posted it on the Apple.com home page (it can still be found online). Jobs lists six extremely well-argued points, but only two of them matter: Flash’s ubiquity on the web, and cross-platform development. (Some of the other points are legitimate – Flash can be buggy, when it runs without hardware acceleration it eats battery life alive, and some Flash content has not been formatted for touch. However, Apple claiming that it cannot support Flash because it isn’t “open” is disingenuous; Apple supports whatever standards it wants to, and while Flash is most certainly a proprietary standard, it is a standard.)

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Adobe: Packager for iPhone apps already being approved

Adobe: Packager for iPhone apps already being approved

It may have taken Apple a while to get comfortable with third-party app development tools, but you can't accuse them of dragging their feet now that yesterday's new policies are in place.  According to Adobe, developers are reporting that apps created using their Packager for iPhone tool in Flash Professional CS5 are already being approved for inclusion in the App Store.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab makes official debut: due September 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab makes official debut: due September 2010

We're waiting for Samsung's IFA 2010 press conference to begin, but the company has already outed its much-anticipated Galaxy Tab slate. As we've seen from the teaser, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen, Android 2.2 Froyo and integrated 3G. The iPad rival also supports Flash Player 10.1 and runs on Samsung's own 1GHz Hummingbird processor paired with either 16GB or 32GB of flash storage.

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Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC gets Android 2.2, 720p HD video, Flash Player now

Verizon Droid Incredible by HTC gets Android 2.2, 720p HD video, Flash Player now

If you've been waiting patiently for Verizon to push out the Android 2.2. Froyo update for the HTC Droid Incredible, not taking the easy option and opting for one of the unofficial ROMs that are circulating, then today could be the day your high standards are rewarded.  Verizon has pinged us to let us know that they're pushing out Froyo for the Droid Incredible as an OTA update, complete with Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

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Verizon enabling Flash Player 10.1 for Motorola DROID

Verizon enabling Flash Player 10.1 for Motorola DROID

Good news for owners of the original Motorola DROID desperate to see their web pages clogged up with Flash adverts, videos, games and animations.  Verizon has just confirmed to us that they're pushing out an update for the DROID that will allow owners to download Adobe's Flash Player 10.1 from the Android Market.

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Adobe CEO on Apple Flash argument: “We’ve moved on”

Adobe CEO on Apple Flash argument: “We’ve moved on”

Apple and Adobe may not be the best of friends right now, but Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen doesn't seem too worried.  Describing the Cupertino company's aversion to Flash on iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad as Apple "wanting to control the environment", Narayen says his company would "rather work with partners who are interested in working with us" and that "they've made their choice. We've made ours and we've moved on."

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Frash install how to on iPhone 4

Frash install how to on iPhone 4

Back in early July, we talked about a new way to get Flash compatibility onto your iPad that involved a program called Frash. If you want flash on your iPhone 4 you can do that now to with Frash support for the iPhone 4.

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iPad gets Flash with Frash hack [Video]

iPad gets Flash with Frash hack [Video]

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

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Flash Player 10.1 gets official; Android version imminent

Flash Player 10.1 gets official; Android version imminent

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.

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Apple adds page for HTML5 and web standards showcase

Apple adds page for HTML5 and web standards showcase

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.

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Steve Jobs at D8: Flash, the iPhone HD, and Everything Else

Steve Jobs at D8: Flash, the iPhone HD, and Everything Else

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.

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