Conspiracy theorists had a field day with yesterday’s confirmation that Kevin Lynch, Adobe’s Chief Technology Officer, will soon be taking an executive role at Apple, joining the iPhone maker as its VP of Technology and reporting directly to Apple’s SVP of Technologies Bob Mansfield. Lynch joined Adobe after the Photoshop maker snapped up Macromedia in 2005. Macromedia originally developed Flash technology and Lynch has been instrumental in its continuing development at Adobe.
By the virtue of his job, Lynch had to cross swords with Apple as the Cupertino firm refused to support Flash for the iPhone. Watchful fans have dug up this cringe worthy homage to MythBusters, a parody video from 2009 where Lynch attempts to get Flash working on the iPhone by pretending to blow up Apple’s handset. He also ran over it with a steam roller and destroyed it in a blender. First day on the job should be fun, indeed! Jump pat the fold for more goodies… Read More
Flashorama is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to enable the iPhone’s LED flash when using panorama mode. Normally, when switching over to panorama mode, the LED flash is completely unavailable for use. This tweak “fixes” that issue.
Although in most cases you’ll likely be shooting panorama pictures in well lit public areas, it’s nice to have the option to enable the flash if necessary. Take a look inside for a few more details… Read More
Back in March 2011, when Adobe’s proprietary Flash plug-in was still predominantly used for web video, a new paid-for iPhone browser, Skyfire, made headlines. It helped alleviate the situation by detecting Flash-encoded clips on web pages and then tapping a cloud computing platform to translate Flash video into an iPad-friendly format, on the fly.
Since then, Skyfire has seen over 20 million downloads across iOS and Android devices and developers claim it now converts over 200,000 web sites with Flash video into an iOS-friendly format. While most of web video is delivered via HTML5 these days, the Skyfire iOS app has seen several major updates that over time brought social features, even built-in extensions, to the table.
In a surprising move, Norway-based Opera Software, which makes the multi-platform Opera browser, Friday said it acquired the Skyfire team, hoping to broaden its solutions “beyond the browser”… Read More
Last fall, Adobe announced that it was going to be discontinuing its work on mobile Flash. The announcement essentially reaffirmed Apple’s, and more specifically Steve Jobs’, stance on the tech.
But in case that wasn’t clear enough, the developer has just given a deadline for the cease and desist. As of August 15th, Flash will no longer be installable from Android’s Google Play Store… Read More
Perhaps it’s just me, but it seems like awesome free jailbreak tweaks are more of the exception than the norm these days. For that reason, it’s always refreshing to see a good tweak that’s free, as is the case with WeeToolbox.
WeeToolbox adds five different functions — Tweet, Dial, Flashlight, Pastie, and Camera — to Notification Center, and it’s completely free… Read More
In January, OnLive introduced a new app called OnLive Desktop, which brings a full version of Windows 7 and Home Office to the iPad for free. OnLive Desktop beams the full version of Windows 7 to the iPad from their gigabit connected servers, and actually works quite well.
Tonight, the OnLive crew has announced a new premium version of the app, called OnLive Desktop Plus, that brings Adobe’s Flash technology to the iPad… Read More
Last week, Adobe announced that it was going to be discontinuing its work on its mobile Flash player. The news wasn’t that surprising, but it seemed to catch a lot of folks off-guard. There was even some confusion regarding the company’s decision to end the project.
With that in mind, Adobe’s Principal Product Manager for developer relations on the Flash platform, Mike Chambers, took to his blog yesterday. He felt that he needed to clear the air on why Adobe chose to nix the mobile Flash project… Read More
With Adobe’s recent announcement on the discontinuation of its mobile Flash plug-in, we are reminded of an open letter Steve Jobs wrote last year regarding the topic. The letter was in response to Adobe’s public criticism of Apple for omitting the technology from its products.
In the public letter, Jobs lists several sensible reasons why Apple has decided not to include Flash support in its mobile products. The post explains these reasons clearly and thoroughly, and is a tribute to Jobs’ remarkable writing abilities… Read More
Apple has taken a lot of heat over the last four years due to the fact that its mobile products lack support for Adobe’s Flash platform. Since the iPhone’s introduction in 2007, not one of Apple’s mobile devices has included the plug-in.
Flash compatibility is a feature that Android device makers have often touted as an advantage over the iPhone and iPad. Well, they might want to come up with something else to brag about, as ZDNet is reporting that Adobe is canning development of mobile Flash… Read More
Last week, Adobe unveiled Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0. With these products, content providers can finally stream Flash video to iOS on the fly without having to manually re-encode. While this doesn’t necessarily equal Flash content on the iPhone and iPad, it does mean that providers have a faster and easier way to deliver video in a Flash wrapper to iDevices.
This doesn’t mean that Flash-based games can run on iDevices, only video… Read More
Skyfire, most famous for its mobile web browsers, has announced a new iOS app that promises to finally bring Flash to Apple’s mobile devices.
In bringing functionality to the App Store that Apple has been adamant that it doesn’t want, the Skyfire VideoQ app is available in just the United States and Canada for now, with both the iPad and iPhone app expected to be released internationally at a later date… Read More
It seems like Flash is slowly going the way of the betamax, depending on who you ask. While I myself don’t ever feel held back by the fact that my iPhone doesn’t support the platform, there are some folks that still feel it’s a downfall of the device.
Heck, it seems like “supports Flash” is in nearly every Android phone and tablet commercial. Well, for iPhone users that still feel like they’re missing out on something, another Flash-compatible mobile browser has just entered the App Store… Read More
I thought a lot about whether I should publish this or not and I came to the conclusion that it was worth throwing out there. Now you have to take what’s to come with a grain of salt because it comes from an anonymous tipster that we had never heard of before. After doing a quick check on the IP address of the sender though, I can tell that our tipster is not too far from Cupertino, which I admit is not an indication of trustworthiness.
Our tipster – let’s call him Mr T – referred to an article we wrote last week, in which DigiTimes claimed the next iPhone will sport a dual-LED camera flash. According to Mr T, the next iPhone will indeed sport 2 LEDs, except that one will be a LED camera flash, and the other one will be an LED indicator… Read More
Google unveiled a new tool for developers today called Swiffy — a simple converter that takes .SWF Flash files and transforms them into iPhone-friendly HTML5 code. It’s the latest experimental application to hit Google Labs, and while it works best with simple Flash animations, its results are rather impressive.
What’s that? You want more information on a possible iPhone 5 sporting dual-LED camera flashes? Well then my friend, you’re in luck.
The latest rumor claims to come out of the notoriously ‘not entirely accurate’ tech site DigiTimes. It points to the next version of Apple’s hugely successful smartphone packing not just one, but two LED flashes to aid in the taking of super-bright photographs…. Read More
I remember a long time ago when I had my BlackBerry, one of the simple features I appreciated the most was the little LED flashing everytime I received a call, or if I had an unread text message. It was an unobtrusive way to tell me something was going on.
iOS 5 is bringing this idea to the iPhone 4. If you go to Settings > General > Accessibility, and turn LED Flash for Alerts ON, your iPhone camera flash will now flash when receiving a call or an alert… Read More
We’ve talked about Adobe Flash on iDB quite a bit. The absence of the platform plugin in iOS products has been a hot button issue since the original iPhone was released. For those who have been living under a rock for the last few years, let me break it down for you.
Adobe’s Flash is used in close to 80% of the top 100 most visited websites, so needless to say, it’s pretty popular. Apple, the maker of some of the hottest portable electronics right now, has barred Flash from its mobile platform for several reasons. And now it looks like after years of watching home-grown tweaks bring Flash content to iOS devices, Adobe might finally have an answer of their own… Read More
One of the major features iOS lacks is Adobe Flash support. While Apple had decided to take a completely different path using HTML5, Flash still (for now), dominates internet content.
But that isn’t keeping Adobe away. Late last night, Adobe announced a new prototype software for iOS devices, codenamed, “Wallaby”. “Wallaby” is a new Flash-to-HTML5 conversion tool which doesn’t do much yet. Wallaby currently only converts typical banner ads to HTML5, noted Adobe… Read More