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Hulu Cites Multiple Reasons for Turning Down HTML5 at This Point

Hulu Cites Multiple Reasons for Turning Down HTML5 at This Point

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.

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Adobe: Apple “could undermine” the web

Adobe: Apple “could undermine” the web

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."

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Scribd “scrapping 3 years of Flash development” for HTML5

Scribd “scrapping 3 years of Flash development” for HTML5

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."

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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."

Read the full letter after the cut

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The Daily Slash: April 27th 2010

The Daily Slash: April 27th 2010

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.

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LG Mini GD880 arrives this month with HTML5 Webkit browser

LG Mini GD880 arrives this month with HTML5 Webkit browser

It's fair to say that it takes a pretty special feature-phone to get us excited these days, but the LG Mini GD880 may manage to tick a few boxes.  Announced back in February, the GD880's primary claim to fame - aside from its slimline build - is the HTML5-compliant Webkit based LG Phantom Browser, which supports Flash and up to 10 simultaneous windows viewed on the 3.2-inch touchscreen.

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Quake II gets HTML5 port for in-browser gaming [Video]

Quake II gets HTML5 port for in-browser gaming [Video]

The comparative benefits of HTML5 and Flash are still being argued, but thanks to a team of three Google engineers we can mark another point up to the HTML5 side.  They've managed to port Quake II's game engine over to HTML5, so that you can play it completely within the browser.  The end result is 30fps gaming complete with file saving and multiplayer support.

Video demo after the cut

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Apple Makes a List of iPad Ready Sites and Checks it Twice

Apple Makes a List of iPad Ready Sites and Checks it Twice

No shock and awe here. Apple's offensive on Flash Player continues, and this time they've created a website that details exactly which sites have joined the foray. It's a nice site, sure, but we're wondering if this kind of thing is all that necessary. After all, the general rule of thumb is that people are going to browse the Internet to whichever site they want. No Flash Player, or Flash Player, probably won't change any of that. (Outside of the video streaming sites, of course.) But, that's not stopping them, so here's the list after the break.

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Flash 10.1 still ahead of HTML5 on desktop & mobile [Video]

Flash 10.1 still ahead of HTML5 on desktop & mobile [Video]

The comparative merits of Flash 10.1 and HTML5 are a hot topic right now, given the imminent arrival of the Flash-free iPad, and Adobe are doing their best to point out that their system isn't quite as passé as some analysts would have you believe.  Flash evangelist Michaël Chaize has been comparing Flash 10.1 performance on his Google Nexus One with HTML5, and the Adobe technology still comes out ahead.

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HTML5 and Flash can work together insists Adobe evangelist [Video]

HTML5 and Flash can work together insists Adobe evangelist [Video]

Flash and HTML5 are hot topics in the online world right now.  We've heard plenty about how more smartphones will get Flash, how performance might not be what users expect and how mainstream sites are looking to alternatives, and of course there's Apple's ongoing reluctance to add Flash functionality to their mobile devices.  Meanwhile HTML5 is getting plenty of positive press, and most recently Microsoft have announced full support for the technology in IE9.  Is there room for both to live together in harmony, however?  "Adobe platform evangelist" Serge Jespers reckons so, and he's thrown together the code to demonstrate it.

Video demo after the cut

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Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview revealed: GPU-accelerated HTML5, new JavaScript engine, more

Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview revealed: GPU-accelerated HTML5, new JavaScript engine, more

We may have been looking to MIX10 for its juicy Windows Phone 7 series tidbits - and have you seen our demo videos of the latest apps and functionality? - but smartphones aren't the only think Microsoft want to talk to developers about.  Today has been Internet Explorer 9's turn to take to the stage, with the focus on hardware-accelerated HTML5, a new JavaScript engine and Direct 2D technology.

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Anti-Flash movement building as sites court mobile users?

The tide looks like it may be turning on Flash.  With Apple’s continued resistance to adding support for the Adobe system to their smartphone, PMP and upcoming tablet line-up, website developers seem to be scaling back their use of the technology so as to maintain accessibility across as many devices as possible.  Virgin America are the latest big-name company to bypass Flash and choose basic HTML for their new site, telling The Register that the older standard was “good enough” for their requirements.

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