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Pandora ditches Flash for HTML5

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2011

Pandora has announced that it now has over 100 million users, and that soon the site will begin rolling out a new design. It will look nicer and also work better. Pandora will begin to use HTML5 on the front-end, which they say should create “a much faster experience.”

The site’s UI will look like a combination of iTunes and Facebook and the controls will appear centered in a top control bar.

Installing Flash on a MacBook Air reduces battery life by 20 percent

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

You had better think twice if you want to install flash on your MacBook Air. Arstechnica ran some battery life tests on Apples new MacBook Air and they have discovered that by installing Adobe Flash onto the system the battery life of a full charge can be reduced by as much as 33 percent.

This was originally discovered by accident on a MacBook with Flash installed websites loaded in Safari where Flash-based ads kept the CPU running far more than seemed necessary. Making the battery life last just 4 hours with Flash installed.

Skyfire Mobile Browser hits 1 million mark

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2010

By now, you’ve probably heard of the Skyfire browser. Well, now the company has announced that its flash-enabled browser has hit the 1 million mark.

It’s a great browser to use if your mobile device hasn’t received official support for Adobe Flash yet. Skyfire is compatible with a wide range of phones including the HTC EVO 4G, Droid Incredible, Droid X, Droid 2, and Samsung Galaxy S.

Motorola Droid 2 ad makes fun of the iPhone’s lack of flash

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2010

Motorola is pretty happy about their Droid line. There’s the great sales to be proud of along with the fact that the Droid 2 supports Flash. So the company hasn’t hesitated to get it’s digs in on Apple. Here is the latest.

The company has posted a full-page newspaper ad that parodies Apple’s “there’s an app for that” campaign, with the tagline “there’s a phone for that”. The question is, is Flash support an important factor to buyers?

Flash comes to jailbroken iPad thanks to Frash

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 5th, 2010

I am sure that there are lots of people out there who are like me and wish their iPad would support Flash video. Steve hates Flash that the chances of that happening officially are nil.

A guy has created a new hack for jailbroken iPads that ports Flash from Android to the iPad. The port works well and allows Flash games and content to run on the iPad using a compatibility layer.

NBC, Time Warner are sticking with Flash

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2010

Apparently, everybody isn’t ready to throw Flash under the bus just because Steve Jobs doesn’t like it. Time Warner and NBC have just told Apple that they will stick with flash for their online video players, thank you very much.

The New York Post says, “several large media companies, including Time Warner and NBC Universal” told Apple they aren’t converting their video libraries to HTML5. Doing that would be too expensive an undertaking and not worth it, since Flash works on basically everything but Apple’s devices. Makes sense to us.

HTML5 to be on most browsers by the end of 2010

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

You’ve heard the debates on Flash vs HTML5. Steve Jobs hates flash blah blah blah. Enough bickering. From the Google I/O keynote: HTML5 support will be more or less complete on all “modern” browsers, says Google.

I’m assuming that means IE will have to wait? Is this the beginning of the death of flash? How will it affect cute cat videos? Is Steve Jobs laughing right now? So many questions.


Opera Software: ‘Flash makes little sense for video’

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 6th, 2010

Now Opera Software has entered the great Adobe Flash v. Apple debate, urging Adobe to embrace open web standards. Speaking with Tech Radar, Opera’s product analyst Phillip Grønvold very diplomatically said that “today’s internet content is dependent on Flash” and “if you remove Flash you do not have today’s internet,” and for that reason Opera needs to support Flash.

Then Grønvold stated that while Flash has its place for things like dynamic content, it “makes very little sense” for video container given the impact on processor and battery usage. He added that “you can cook an egg on [devices] once you start running Flash on them and there’s a reason for that.”

Adobe prototype Android tablet running Air and Flash

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2010

Not only did they demonstrate Flash running on phones like the Nexus One and Palm Pre at the Web 2.0 Expo, but Adobe also has a prototype Android tablet that, according to Zedomax, runs Flash and Air apps “flawlessly.” There aren’t any details on the tablet itself yet, but it seems that it does indeed run Air and Flash pretty nicely.

It runs Wired’s Air-based magazine app and plays YouTube videos without any problems. However, we would like to see it pushed a little harder. Hopefully we will learn more soon. You can check out a video below.

Virgin America dumps Flash due to lack of iPhone support

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2010

Apple’s feud with Adobe has been making headlines and this latest news should make Apple happy. Virgin America has ditched Flash on its website because of lack of iPhone support. The new website was launched on Monday and will be replacing Flash with HTML so that customers can easily check in using their iPhones.

Of course the site will also be moved to HTML5, once the standards have been ratified. We aren’t sure if the loss of Flash will help Virgin America with increased web traffic or not, but we are assuming that they know their customers and if they do, this may be a great move for them.

Notion Ink’s Adam Tablet to have Flash, 1080p, twice the battery life of the iPad

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2010

What’s not to love here? Flash, a longer battery life, and 1080p for starters. This is how Notion Ink is hoping its Android-powered Adam tablet will win your heart. Apparently they’re toying with the idea of launching two different models, one 12.9mm thin and one 11.6mm thin, which suggests different display options.

CEO Rohan Shravan told SlashGear that with the Nvidia chip and Pixel Qi screen, the Adam will boast a battery life at least twice as long as the iPad. Then there’s the 1080p video where the iPad has only 576p, and as mentioned Flash. This could be your new favorite tablet.


Creative ZiiLABS ZMS-08 chip to bring Flash, HD video to netbooks

Posted in Creative by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2009

Creative ZiiLABS ZMS-08 chip to bring Flash, HD video to netbooksLooks like Creative will upgrade its ZMS-05 processor to a next-gen version called the ZMS-08. The new system-on-a-chip is powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex-8 processor, with support for 1080p H.264 video playback, OpenGL ES 2.0 and Flash acceleration.

It will find it’s way into portable media players and offers “low power, high performance” to devices like netbooks, web tablets, TVs, etc. The chip is supported by ZiiLABS’ version of Google Android and the company’s Plaszma operating system. Shipping is expected in early 2010.

Dell Mini 9 to get Adobe Flash on Android platform?

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on May 6th, 2009

Dell Mini 9 to get Adobe Flash on Android platform?Bsquare, a mobile software developer, will apparently be porting Adobe Flash Lite to Dell netbooks. Interestingly, they let slip that these Dell netbooks would be running on Android. Bsquare mentioned the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 specifically and noted that Android will most likely be appearing on that netbook.

In what capacity Adobe Flash Lite will be appearing is anyone’s guess. And we don’t know when the Adobe Flash Lite port will be available on these netbooks or when Android will be making its appearance, though it’s likely it will all happen at once.

Fusion-io unveils worlds Fastest SSD

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2009

Fusion-io unveils worlds Fastest SSDFusion-io is famous for producing the world’s fastest and most expensive SSD solution. Now it has another blazing fast innovation that should have you drooling in no time. The ioDrive Duo is hailed as the fastest and most innovative SSD on the planet thus far.

The server-based PCI Express SSD is aimed at enterprises who can and will pay more for vast quantities of lightning fast storage space. So, what’s the speed? 1.5GB sustained read speeds and 1.4GB sustained write speeds. Say it with me. Wow!

Tampon USB flash drive

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2009

Tampon USB flash driveWhether you plan on having a heavy or a light data flow, this tampon drive should have you covered. Just don’t send your boyfriend in the store to get this for you. It’s a real product.

Apparently a light flow means that you need the 1GB. I shudder to think what the 16GB model means. No info on pricing. Which is a shame, because I know you just can’t wait to buy one. I’m thinking that female spys have a new place to hide their secrets.