Flash

  • Mozilla’s Shumway Flash Replacement Now Plays Amazon.com Videos

    Mozilla’s Shumway Flash Replacement Now Plays Amazon.com Videos

    Shumway is Mozilla’s attempt at creating a drop-in Flash player replacement for Firefox based on open standards (and not its attempt at creating a furry, cat-eating alien). The project started in 2012 and has long been included in Mozilla’s experimental Nightly builds of Firefox. For the most part, though, even Nightly users would never really encounter it. Read More

  • YouTube Now Streams HTML5 Video By Default

    YouTube Now Streams HTML5 Video By Default

    Here is one more nail in Flash’s coffin: starting today, YouTube defaults to using HTML5 video on all modern browsers, including Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8 and the beta versions of Firefox. YouTube first introduced HTML5 support back in 2010. At the time it was still highly experimental. Over the years, as the HTML5 standard — and with it, its video implementation — matured… Read More

  • With ‘No Meaningful Position Beyond Flash’, Gaming Platform Mochi Media Will Close March 31

    With ‘No Meaningful Position Beyond Flash’, Gaming Platform Mochi Media Will Close March 31

    Mochi Media, a distribution and monetizing platform for Flash-based games that was acquired by Shanda Games for $80 million in 2010, is closing down, with all services ceasing March 31. The latest casualty in the decline of Flash, Mochi’s shut-down is also a message to those businesses built on it to diversify or perish. Read More

  • Casual Game Developer Arkadium Gets On The HTML5 Train

    Casual Game Developer Arkadium Gets On The HTML5 Train

    Casual games company Arkadium is announcing today that it’s supporting HTML5 games in its Arena Network. In other words, the company is finally acknowledging the need to move on from Flash. The news seems inevitable — and, if anything, a bit late. Back in 2011, Adobe, the company behind Flash, seemed to accept the fact that the technology wasn’t going to make the transition… Read More

  • Thank You, Google Overlords

    Thank You, Google Overlords

    Running a website not optimized for smartphones? Guess what, you’ve been put on notice. Google is using its influence and the power of its algorithm to finally force web publishers to fix their mobile website configuration issues, or risk getting downranked in Google Search. Directing smartphone users to 404’s? You lose. Sending smartphone users looking for specific content to… Read More

  • Flash Takes Another Step Towards Death As Unity Drops Support

    Flash Takes Another Step Towards Death As Unity Drops Support

    Oh, Flash. Remember when there was still a little reason to believe that it wasn’t a dying medium? When the angry Android masses swore up and down that the absence of Flash would be the death of iOS… only for Adobe to kill their Android effort after just a year? The shambling corpse of Flash takes another punch to the face today, with game engine Unity announcing plans to drop support. Read More

  • IBM To Invest $1 Billion In Flash Technology Research, Reflecting Obsolescence Of Hard Disk Drives

    IBM To Invest $1 Billion In Flash Technology Research, Reflecting Obsolescence Of Hard Disk Drives

    IBM plans to invest $1 billion in research  to design, create and integrate Flash into its servers, storage systems and middleware, a reflection of the changing requirements needed for companies to manage massive amounts of data. As part of the news, IBM also announced a new line of Flash appliances. These storage appliances are based on technology acquired from Texas Memory Systems. IBM… Read More

  • PernixData Launches With Goal To Become The VMware Of Flash

    PernixData Launches With Goal To Become The VMware Of Flash

    PernixData today launched its Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP) for clustering flash to get higher levels of performance. It’s similar to how VMware aggregates CPU and memory to give customers more for its server infrastructure. Read More

  • The Nifty MiniDrive Gives Your MacBook Air Or Pro More Internal, Removable Flash Storage

    The Nifty MiniDrive Gives Your MacBook Air Or Pro More Internal, Removable Flash Storage

    MacBooks are on a straightforward path to becoming closed case devices, with very little in the way of aftermarket expandability options for consumers. Which is why the Nifty MiniDrive Kickstarter project seemed so promising: it’s a microSD card adapter that fits flush with the side of your MacBook Pro or Air, which means you can add up to 64GB of additional flash storage via a port… Read More

  • View Presentations On The iPhone And Edit On The iPad With New Prezi Apps

    View Presentations On The iPhone And Edit On The iPad With New Prezi Apps

    Prezi has a new iPhone app and has enhanced its iPad app for editing on the go. The company has also released some data from a recent survey of its users that shows how deep mobile is reaching into companies that just a few years ago would not equate the presentations they make with any kind of mobile device. The new iPhone app is read-only, designed primarily to consume presentations. It… Read More

  • Hey, Guys, Remember When You Used To Care About Flash?

    Hey, Guys, Remember When You Used To Care About Flash?

    I wanted to take a moment to pour out a little Club Mate in honor of Flash on mobile and to point out that it wasn’t two years ago that the Flash/iPhone wars were top of mind for most people. Heck, even Steve Jobs chimed in when it looked bleakest. But, as we learned last year, mobile Flash was dead. Kaput. Deceased. No longer. Ex. Read More

  • Chrome For Windows Gets A Stronger Flash Sandbox, Promises 20% Fewer Flash Crashes

    Chrome For Windows Gets A Stronger Flash Sandbox, Promises 20% Fewer Flash Crashes

    Flash doesn’t get a lot of love these days, but it’s still ubiquitous on the web. To make displaying Flash content safer for its users, Google just announced that it is now putting the Flash Player plug-in it ships with Chrome for Windows (including the aging Windows XP) inside a new and enhanced sandbox “that’s as strong as Chrome’s native sandbox, and… Read More

  • Tintri Raises $25 Million For Storage Designed To Improve Virtual Machine Environments

    Tintri Raises $25 Million For Storage Designed To Improve Virtual Machine Environments

    Tintri has raised a new $25 million round of funding for its storage appliances designed for virtual environments. The round was led by Menlo Ventures and joined by existing investors NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Tintri has now raised more than $60 million since its launch in March of last year. Read More

  • SublimeVideo’s Cloud-Based HTML5 Player Goes Freemium

    SublimeVideo’s Cloud-Based HTML5 Player Goes Freemium

    Jilion, the makers of the cloud-based HTML5 video player SublimeVideo, are today making the product more accessible through the introduction of a freemium offering. When the service launched earlier this spring, commercial plans were available, starting at the relatively affordable rate of under $10 per month. But when it comes to user adoption, nothing beats “free.” Read More

  • Ice Cream Sandwich Will Get Flash Support By The End Of The Year

    Ice Cream Sandwich Will Get Flash Support By The End Of The Year

    It seemed, for a time, that the book on mobile Flash as we knew it was closed. Adobe announced just a few weeks ago that development for mobile Flash would cease, and their efforts and resources would soon be focused elsewhere. As it turns out, Adobe has one last project up their sleeves before they bid mobile Flash adieu: an update that includes support for Ice Cream Sandwich. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Amazon's Kindle Fire

    Gillmor Gang 11.15.11 (TCTV)

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — took advantage of the early rays of the new rising sun to record. It must have been fun to watch the caffeine kick in, but the show was half over before I arrived. I’d been up late mourning the death of Flash, which finally received an auto-update from reality it couldn’t refuse. Next for… Read More

  • Why Mobile Flash Died: An Adobe Employee Speaks Out

    Why Mobile Flash Died: An Adobe Employee Speaks Out

    Adobe’s mobile Flash efforts have recently gone the way of the western black rhino, and Principal Product Manager Mike Chambers isn’t too pleased with how the Adobe chose to broke the news. In fact, he feels so strongly about it that he’s offered up his own clarifications on the matter. “Our goal was to be very clear about WHAT we were doing, but in doing so, we… Read More

  • Why Adobe Failed and Where Startups Can Swoop In

    Why Adobe Failed and Where Startups Can Swoop In

    Adobe has discontinued development of Flash-Player plugin for mobile browsers. This is a very important moment in the history of the mobile internet. Since 1997, Flash Player has been an important part of the web. From flash games, to streaming video, to sound, and sockets, many of the most important and central components of the online web experience have leveraged Flash-Player… Read More

  • A Humbled Adobe Sees Beyond The Browser

    A Humbled Adobe Sees Beyond The Browser

    I can’t help chortling a little in Schadenfreude at Adobe’s expected announcement that it is abandoning Flash for mobile devices. For most of the past two years, the anti-iPad contingent has cited flash incompatibility as the primary reason they weren’t going to give Apple their money yet the devices they did back – the Xoom, the Notion Ink Adam, the Playbook, and the… Read More

  • Steve’s Last Laugh: Adobe Killing Off Flash For Mobile Devices

    Steve’s Last Laugh: Adobe Killing Off Flash For Mobile Devices

    The year was 2008. I was at an event focused on mobile, sitting in on a roundtable discussion with several folks from key companies in the industry. One gentleman was from Adobe. The iPhone had launched the previous year, famously without any support for Flash. A lot of folks were up in arms about this — including several at this table. The guy from Adobe assured everyone: mobile Flash… Read More

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