Judge approves $415M payout in Apple, Google anti-poaching suit

By Cody Lee on Mar 4, 2015

US District Judge Lucy Koh granted preliminary approval on Wednesday for a settlement between Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel and their former employees. The payout is said to be worth around $415 million, and would effectively end the long-running anti-poaching lawsuit. Read More


New Adobe apps: Digital Editions e-book reader and PaintCan for turning photos into paintings

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2015

Adobe has published a pair of new applications on the App Store, Adobe Digital Editions and PaintCan. The former allows you to access and manage e-reading material in Adobe’s DRM-protected format on your iPad, with editions for Windows and Mac PCs also available for achieving cross-platform nirvana.

The latter, as the name suggest, is an easy-to-use painting software for creating nice-looking artworks from your favorite photos using either one of the preset brushes with different textures or your own brushes customized to your liking. Read More


YouTube stops using Adobe Flash, now defaults to HTML5 video player

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

When Steve Jobs was challenged on the iPad’s lack of support for Adobe’s Flash runtime for web video, manifested at the time as black rectangles on websites in place of Flash video, he said that “those holes are getting plugged real fast”.

And guess what? He was damn right.

It was a time of the prevalence of Flash and web developers had only begun experimenting with HTML5 for online video delivery, but boy what a difference a few years make.

As reported by VentureBeat, YouTube announced today that it’s ditched Flash for HTML5 video by default. “Other content providers like Netflix and Vimeo, as well as companies like Microsoft and Apple have embraced HTML5 and been key contributors to its success,” YouTube said in a statement. Read More


Apple, Google reach new deal to end employee poaching suit

By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2015

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe have reached an agreement that would settle their long-standing antitrust class action lawsuit with Silicon Valley employees, reports Reuters. The suit, filed in 2011, accused the 4 tech giants of conspiring to avoid poaching each other’s employees in an effort to keep a lid on salaries. Read More


Judge rejects $324 million anti-poaching settlement from Apple and others

By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2014

In 2011, tech employees levied a class action anti-poaching lawsuit against Apple, Google, and other companies. The suit covered more than 60,000 workers, who claimed the firms conspired to keep their salaries lower by entering in a non-poach agreement with one another.

It was reported in April that Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe had reached a settlement for $324 million, but apparently Judge Lucy Koh (yes, that Judge Koh) didn’t like that number. Judge Koh officially rejected the proposed offer today, saying that it needed to be higher… Read More


Google starts clearly labeling Flash content in search results

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Users of Apple’s iPad, back when the device debuted in 2010, were used to seeing holes on websites in place of Adobe Flash content.

But not for long as those holes were getting plugged real fast – even more so after Steve Jobs penned his famous critique of Adobe’s proprietary runtime, titled ‘Thoughts on Flash’.

Though most web videos no longer require Flash, some websites and web applications continue to rely on Adobe’s technology for interactivity, animations and what not. From now on, it’s easier to identify Flash items in search results because Google Search now flags Flash content, saving you clicks… Read More


Photoshop Express can now remove blemishes, reduce fog and haze in photos and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2014

Having received a major update in May adding features like new brushes, a Quick Selection tool and more, the past month or so has marked a relatively quiet period for Adobe’s Photoshop Express software for the iPhone and iPad.

But as Apple confirms ceasing development of its Mac photography software, Aperture, Adobe has renewed its commitment to the platform.

First, they’re helping Aperture customers migrate to its Lightroom software and now Adobe’s made the newly updated Photoshop Express 3.4 even more useful with such additions as blemish removal, a new DeFog tool and more… Read More


Adobe responds to Apple’s Aperture news

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2014

It didn’t take long for Adobe to respond to Apple’s somewhat shocking announcement that it was winding down development of its professional photo editing software, Aperture, to focus on the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite app, due in 2015.

As expected, Adobe is happy to seize the opportunity to sell its Lightroom software and Creative Suite subscriptions to the disappointed Aperture fans whom Apple’s announcement left flabbergasted… Read More


Adobe unveils Ink stylus, Slide ruler, Lightroom for iPhone and Mix iPad app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

Earlier today, Adobe made a flurry of product announcements and updates, starting with the official unveiling of two long-rumored accessories: the aluminum Ink stylus for iPads running iOS 7.0 or later and the Slide.

Billed as an Ink companion and “a category-defining digital ruler”, the Slide wirelessly connects to an iPad and has been designed for precision sketching of straight lines, perfect circles and balanced shapes.

In other Adobe news, the firm has launched Lightroom for iPhone, introduced brand new iPad apps – Mix, Sketch and Line – added major new features across the whole Creative Cloud desktop suite of apps and reshuffled the Creative Cloud tiers by adding a new Photography Plan.

Don’t worry, I’ve distilled the announcements to a couple easily digestible highlights so hit the jump to learn more… Read More


Adobe Revel now offers 2GB of free photo storage

By Cody Lee on May 27, 2014

Adobe updated its Revel client for iOS today, bringing the app to version 2.3. The update brings about a few design tweaks, which make the app easier to use, and a handful of bug fixes, but the big news here is the bump in free storage.

Free accounts for Adobe’s cloud-based Revel service now get 2GB of storage space, or enough for around 1000 photos. That’s quite the change from the previous model, where non-paying Revel users were limited to just 50 uploads/month… Read More


Adobe Photoshop Touch updated with new brushes, Quick Selection tool and more

By Cody Lee on May 20, 2014

Adobe has updated its Photoshop Touch app for iPhone this afternoon, bringing it to version 1.2. The update includes new brush types, and a handful of popular Photoshop features including the Quick Selection tool and auto-recovery for unsaved documents.

The Quick Selection tool has the ability to automatically detect the edges of shapes within an image, meaning you won’t have to manually outline the shape to select it for editing. This will really come in handy on touch devices, where selection can be tough… Read More


How to play Habbo on iPhone or iPad

By Joe Rossignol on May 13, 2014

Habbo is a popular online community based upon a virtual hotel where you can create a character, decorate rooms with virtual furniture, chat with others, play mini-games, organize events and more. Sulake launched the game in Finland in 2000 and has since expanded it to Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States and other regions over the past decade. On the desktop, it was originally a Shockwave-based game that has since transitioned to Adobe Flash.

As you probably know, Adobe Flash has never been supported on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. In fact, over four years ago, Steve Jobs published an article called Thoughts on Flash to explain why Apple is so inexplicably against supporting the platform on its iOS devices. As such, it is impossible to play Habbo through Safari by traditional means. That is no reason to be worried, however, as there are actually a few options for playing Habbo on an iPhone or iPad. Take a look…  Read More


Adobe debuts ‘Voice’ story creation app for iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 8, 2014

Photoshop maker Adobe on Thurday released a brand new iPad application on the App Store. Named Voice and available for free, the iPad-only software makes it easy to pair your spoken words to any of the 25,000 included “beautiful iconic images” (or your own graphics) in order to “create stunning animated videos in minutes.”

Targeted at both consumers and business users who want to create compelling presentations that tell a story, Adobe Voice includes features to effortlessly create cinema-quality transitions and animations, add an inspiring soundtrack and render your presentations for easy viewing on any platform or device… Read More


Adobe updates Photoshop Express with new design, Instagram sharing and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 30, 2014

Adobe updated their popular Photoshop Express app last night, bringing the iOS photo editor to version 3.3. The update features a number of improvements, including an all-new design for iOS 7, pet-eye (also known as green-eye) correction, and more.

The new release also brings about new sharing options—users can now show off their retouched photos to friends via either SMS or Instagram—as well as auto-save. Forget to save a photo before exiting the app? Don’t worry, it’ll be there when you return… Read More


Apple, Google and others settle anti-poaching suit

By Cody Lee on Apr 24, 2014

Reuters is reporting this afternoon that Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel have reached a settlement in their long-running antitrust lawsuit filed by employees who claim the companies agreed to not hire employees from one another.

The settlement comes just a month before the trial was slated to begin in the US District Court of northern California. The lawsuit covered more than 60,000 workers, and damages from the trial were expected to exceed $9 billion…

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Tech companies ask court to keep Steve Jobs’ personality out of hiring trial

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2014

Although the patent battle with Samsung is far from over in northern California, Apple’s legal team has to start preparing for another high profile trial coming up next month. The iPad-maker, along with Google and others, is being sued over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley.

This week, those companies in a joint court filing asked that witnesses in the upcoming suit not be allowed to offer evidence that Steve Jobs was “a bully.” Emails regarding the case are fine, but excerpts from the Isaacson bio and other sources should be barred from admission… Read More


Adobe Lightroom for iPad now available

By Cody Lee on Apr 8, 2014

Nearly a year ago, Adobe’s Tom Hogarty showed off an unnamed prototype iPad app that brought pro-level photo editing and image manipulation capabilities to the Apple tablet. Then in January, the company let it slip that an iPad version of Lightroom was in the works.

Today that app has landed in the App Store as Adobe Lightroom for iPad. From afar, the software looks powerful, capable of editing RAW DSLR photos and more. But, as with many professional mobile tools, you’ll have to be a subscriber to Adobe’s Cloud service to use it… Read More


Adobe Reader app updated with new iOS 7 design and other improvements

By Cody Lee on Jan 22, 2014

Adobe updated its Reader client for the iPhone and iPad today, bringing the popular PDF reading app to version 11.2.0. The update brings about a number of improvements, including a new iOS 7-inspired UI design and upgraded navigation.

While I’m sure some people aren’t going to like the new design, I think it looks way better than the previous UI. The black elements and bold text have been replaced by white spaces and thinner fonts, making it easier to browse and find things… Read More


Lightroom for iPad is coming, Adobe inadvertently leaks

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2014

An accidental (or was it?) posting on the Adobe website has revealed that the Photoshop maker is working on a mobile version of its Lightroom photo management software. Adobe released Lightroom 5 for Mac and Windows PCs last summer and has previously shown off an unnamed prototype iPad app at the Photoshop World show in Las Vegas. It looks like Lightroom for iPad will have feature parity with its desktop counterpart… Read More


Flash Player is finally sandboxed in Safari on Mavericks, says Adobe

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2013

Yours truly long stopped using the standalone Flash Player so you could imagine I’m fairly puzzled that folks to this date continue to rely on Adobe’s plug-in. I know, if you’re into Flash games/apps and other Flash-authored content, there’s no escaping Adobe’s multimedia run-time.

Among the reasons I keep Flash miles away from my Macs: the instability, resource hoginess and excessive proneness to malware and other types of vulnerabilities and malicious attacks.

With this week’s release of Safari in OS X Mavericks, the Flash Player will now be protected by a new operating system feature called App Sandbox, Adobe announced Thursday… Read More

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