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Posted by at 11 May , 2016

Adobe Flash is still popular on the web. HTML5 will have to wait its turn.

web browsers still use flash

The web has an adoption problem.

The web has become the entertainment hub of digital content commerce. As consumer trends move towards streaming services like Hulu, Amazon Video, Netflix and many others – the need to allow video content to play on multiple devices has ushered in a race to produce more HTML 5 content. But why HTML 5?

“…HTML5 is everything that Flash set out to be and more, because it is an open-source technology built into browsers that has been tried and tested for many years…” via ComputerWeekly.com

This argument may hold true but here are 5 reason we still love Flash on the web…

  1. Technology takes time to roll out
  2. There’s no incentive to updgrade
  3. Countless websites depend on it
  4. It’s easy to develop and implement for
  5. Lazy Developers
Over time though, there’s no question that technology will eventually catch up and as new websites stop using Flash, as older websites slowly fade away, better alternatives to Flash will end up taking the throne. via neurogadget.net
Technology is always changing but the web still loves it’s Adobe Flash. Needless to say we do too.

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Posted by at 5 May , 2016

You should be happy that Apple didn’t make a real television product.

Apple TV Logo with Color Bars

 

Television has captured our imaginations since the first television sets came out in the 1950′s. Since then America has been captivated by the allure of the humming blue hue of the living room television. Flash forward to the present and now you can watch TV on your phone, tablet and pretty much any portable device you can imagine.

“Apple today began promoting a new feature on the fourth-generation Apple TV called “Live Tune-In,” which lets users jump directly into the live streams of select apps usingSiri. The company is specifically promoting CBS, ESPN, and Disney XD as apps that support Live Tune-In, but it hasn’t disclosed yet how soon other apps that have live channel functionality will gain the new feature as well.” via Macrumors

So did Apple create the ultimate television with it’s newest Apple TV? It sure seems like it did. It’s apparent that no one has caught on that this is the platform Apple is betting on to dominate the next generation of TV.

According to that report, “people familiar with the matter” have confirmed that Apple did have a small team working on an Apple TV set a few years ago, but the team was disbanded more than a year ago. via Macworld.com

Television is a hard business to break into and the fact that Apple had a team working on developing features that could distinguish them from them competition says how close they were to a “traditional” television experience. Do they have a potential gold mine with a streaming box like the 4th generation Apple TV?

It may be too soon to tell.

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Posted by at 11 September , 2015

Weekend Reading

​Mozilla quietly deploys built-in Firebox advertising

In February 2014, Mozilla announced that it was going to add preset tiles that included ads to FirefoxUsers hated the idea and Mozilla put the plan on hold. Now, Mozilla has not only brought back the idea of Suggested Tiles Firefox ads, it’s deployed them. 

Google and Twitter to make the news faster on your phone

Google and Twitter are working together to launch their own take on “instant articles” for mobile phone users,Re/code’s Peter Kafka and Mark Bergen report. Like other “instant article” initiatives from Facebook, Apple, and Snapchat, this plan aims to make it easier for publishers to get their content read on smartphones.

Apple’s 3D Touch is trying to solve the biggest problem in Mobile

Let’s say you want to take a selfie, or hail an Uber, or send a new email. How many taps does it take you? How many screens do you have to visit? It depends on what you’re trying to do, but the answer’s going to be “more than one.” This is mobile’s shallow UI problem; everyone from Google to Apple is feeling the pinch.

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Posted by at 2 September , 2015

Let’s get our pitchforks out it’s time burn the house MacroMind and Apple not Adobe built….wait what?!?

Do you recall a time when you used Adobe Flash for everything on the web? Or maybe you knew it as Macromedia Flash or Shockwave Flash. Turns out the same people who are calling for it’s demise (yes, I’m looking at you Apple) in 2010 are the very same folks who fostered the growth of the current iteration of Flash into existence.

Read this via the Wikipedia page for Adobe Shockwave: “Shockwave originated with the VideoWorks application developed by MacroMind for the original Apple Macintosh. Animations were initially limited to the black and white of early Macintosh screens. VideoWorks was rebranded as Director 1.0 in 1987. Director 2.2 was released in 1988, and included the Lingo scripting language with extensibility provided by Xtras. A Windows version was available in the early 1990s. Director 3.0 was the last version by MacroMind, and released in 1989 which introduced XObjects to Lingo. Shockwave Player had still not been developed, and the sole means of publishing content remained generating executable applications.”

“Shockwave originated with the VideoWorks application developed by MacroMind for the original Apple Macintosh.”

It’s interesting that the current cabal trying to kill Flash is not really saying why or how Adobe should handle Flash. Adobe Flash still makes up a huge portion of the web market with a survey conducted in 2011 by Millward Brown, Flash makes up over 90% of the media content on the web. There is no way that killing it can benefit anyone that still produces Flash based content in the short term. Many companies, especially Google (who by the way just unveiled a new logo) a subsidiary of the newly formed Alphabet Inc. still use Flash based ads to make money.

Flash ain’t dead just yet.

Even Google doesn’t want to pull the cord just yet. The reasoning is that the big G’s revenue stream from Flash based Ads is a touchy subject. You don’t cut off the hand that feeds you, do you now?

Advertisers have been the big pro-Flash holdouts and that is why Flash will live on for the foreseeable future. The market is too huge and no other viable alternatives have been really developed. HTML 5 is a start but how many folks have figured out how to markup really good content that replaces Flash? Google has a conversion tool called Swiffy that according to the site that “Swiffy is a simple Flash to HTML5 converter that helps make SWF files available to a larger audience.”

The simple truth is Flash isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

And the verdict is…

Much ado about nothing. The internet will slowly move on from Flash and in the meantime people will posture on the imminent demise of Adobe’s product but nobody outside of tech will really care.

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