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Adobe kills Flash Player for mobile browsers

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Adobe Systems will halt development of its browser-based Flash Player application runtime for mobile devices, shifting its focus to native apps and the HTML5 web standard. "Over the past two years, we've delivered Flash Player for mobile browsers and brought the full expressiveness of the web to many mobile devices," writes Adobe Interactive Development vice president and general manager Danny Winokur on the Adobe Featured Blog. "However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms." Moving forward, Adobe will focus on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with its Adobe AIR runtime for all the major app stores. "We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook," Winokur states. "We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations. We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations." Winokur adds Adobe is already at work on Flash Player 12. Adobe Systems released Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 just last month, promising publishers the tools to deliver console-quality 2D and 3D gaming experiences to mobile platforms including Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS (via the AIR runtime) and Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry Tablet OS as well as the desktop and connected TVs. A superset of Flash Player, AIR enables developers to leverage existing code to build standalone applications across devices and platforms--AIR extensions add support for unique device features and native code libraries, giving developers the flexibility to mix and match elements of Flash, HTML5 and native code. Companies including Apple and Google have made significant investments in HTML5, long considered a significant threat to Flash's continued viability. In many respects, the Adobe Flash deathwatch officially began in April 2010, when Apple rewrote its iPhone developer agreement to mandate that all applications must be written to run directly on the iOS platform, effectively banning cross-compiler translation tools like Adobe's Flash Professional CS5. Even prior to the move, late Apple CEO Steve Jobs had long maintained the iOS platform would never support Flash content, privately dismissing Adobe as "lazy" and blaming Flash as the culprit behind most Mac crashes. Roughly six months after instituting the cross-compiler ban, Apple reversed course, easing restrictions on the creation of iOS-based applications. "We are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code," Apple said in a statement. "This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need." The changes enable developers to design and build apps in Flash, then convert their efforts to Apple-approved code--the revisions do not mean consumers are able to access Flash-based web content via their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, however. Weeks after Apple lifted the ban on cross-compiler translation tools, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said the overall impact of Apple's actions was "muted." Asked during Adobe's third-quarter 2010 earnings call whether Apple's decision to again allow tools like CS5 would impact demand for Adobe Creative products, Narayen said "What we did see was that the day Apple announced the removal of the licensing restrictions that a number of people who had created products using our tool submitted that to the Apple Store and were approved. I think it just continues to reflect the opportunity which we have with our tools, which is to help designers and developers continue to develop their applications and content in our tools and repurpose it to multiple different output media." Last month, Adobe Systems acquired Nitobi Software, creator of PhoneGap, an open-source development platform enabling programmers to build cross-platform apps written in HTML5 and JavaScript. PhoneGap technology has been used to create thousands of apps across iOS, Android, BlackBerry and other mobile platforms. For more:- read this Adobe Systems blog entry Related articles:Adobe purchases Nitobi for smartphone app developmentAdobe enables multi-platform 3D mobile gaming with Flash Player 11Adobe extends streaming video to Apple's iOSAdobe extends Flash Builder 4.5 to iOS and RIMAdobe touts HTML5 advances with Creative Suite 5.5 release
09-11-2011
Big Data?Big Challenges

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You probably feel you have a good sense of the assets of your organization. You know how many employees you have because they are all in an HR database. You know the sales you made last month because they are all in a sales ledger database. You know how many items you have in stock because they are all in an ERP database. You know how many computers you have because they are all in an asset database. And at the end of the year, all these databases will be queried to produce the annual accounts.
09-11-2011
Global telecoms CAPEX to top USD311 billion in 2011, report says

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Total investment by the worlds telecoms carriers is forecast to reach USD310.8 billion this year, up 5.8% when compared to 2010, according to a new study published by Infonetics Research. The group concludes that WiMAX equipment is accounting for the fastest growth among telcos in terms of net spend in 2011 (+27.5%), followed by video infrastructure (+20.7%). Infonetics finding also suggest the largest investment areas remain non-telecom/datacom equipment (software, real estate, labour, etc.) and mobile infrastructure, global spending for which is growing 7.0% and 8.6%, respectively, in 2011 over 2010. Stephane Teral, principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure, is quoted as saying: The near-6% increase in global telecom carrier CAPEX we expect in 2011 over 2010 is due in large part to AT&T's ramping LTE deployments, HSPA+ upgrades, and investments in Wi-Fi hotspots for traffic offload. This offsets Verizon Wireless' slowing mobile spending since their LTE rollout peaked earlier this year.
09-11-2011
Ericsson Eyes Revenue From Mobile Industry's Top Patents Trove

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Ericsson AB, the worlds largest maker of mobile-phone networks, aims to increase revenue from its more than 27,000 patents as devices from toys to energy meters get wireless access, its chief executive officer said.
09-11-2011
Cars to Come Equipped with Embedded Wireless

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Harman and Sierra Wireless intend to serve drivers who want connection to all their electronic devices in the car. Harman will begin road tests through LTE-networked areas in Europe with similar tests in the United States to follow. Test vehicles will be equipped with the latest infotainment system platform...
09-11-2011
Do You Need a Quad-Core Mobile Device for Work?

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Nvidia just released the Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor, which may provide more horsepower than businesses currently need
09-11-2011
Strategies for Pruning Data in the Cloud

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In terrestrial systems, you don't think about disk space. In the clouds, you have to, if you don't it will cost you.
09-11-2011
Article: Mobile Brings New Opportunities for Local Retailers

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Mobile becomes a more important driver of in-store traffic
09-11-2011
Are 'Carrier' Ethernet Exchanges Dead?

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3:30 PM Equinix and Telx say yes, because they're increasingly focused on data centers and cloud connectivity, not just carrier services
08-11-2011
Why Marketers Should Bring Their Offline CRM Data Online

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Marketers have long used marketing services and data providers to gain a precise understanding of their offline customers. This has enabled marketers to tailor their marketing campaigns, such as direct mail, to specific customers and prospects. However, traditional marketing is becoming more expensive, harder to scale, and is declining in performance as consumers shift their attention to the Web.
08-11-2011
Customer Experience Is Now a Strategic Priority

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In many companies today customer experience is more than just a buzzword. Customer experience management has matured to the point where a growing number of firms are creating customer experience organizations to help refocus, reshape, and retool customer experiences across their enterprises.
08-11-2011
Merger of Dish Network, DirecTV possible, says Ergen

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Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen said approval of AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile could lead to more mergers and open the door for a deal between the nation's No. 2 satellite-TV provider and rival DirecTV.
08-11-2011
Vodafone Raises Full-Year Forecast as Earnings Beat Estimates

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Vodafone Group Plc raised its full- year earnings forecast after profit beat analyst estimates as the worlds largest mobile-phone operator adapted its pricing for Web browsing and other data services.
08-11-2011
CHART OF THE DAY: Apple Has 4% Of The Phone Market, And 52% Of Its Profits (AAPL, RIMM, MOT, GOOG, MSFT, NOK)

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Apple has only 4% of the total phone market, but captures 52% of its profits according to Canaccord Genuity analysts T. Michael Walkley and Mattew Ramsay. Follow the Chart Of The Day on Twitter: @chartoftheday Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about this story »See Also:THE APPLE INVESTOR: Apple Needs To Support Ads If It's Going To Take TV By StormTHE APPLE INVESTOR: Why Apple-Branded TV Is Not LikelyMotorola Won A German Patent Injunction Against Apple
07-11-2011
Microsoft Hosts NYC Bash For Mango Rollout

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Microsoft and AT&T unveiled three new smartphones on Monday that are based on the software giant's new Windows Phone 7.5 platform, also known as Mango. To celebrate the launch, Microsoft constructed a six-story Windows Phone in the middle of New York City's Herald Square. The mammoth structure incorporates giant LED screens that simulate the Metro-style interface of live tiles that are displayed on Mango handset screens. The simulation was to run through Monday evening. "You'll see games in the Games Hub, music in the Music plus Video Hub, people in the People Hub," wrote Microsoft blogger Michael Stroh. Mango's live-tile home screen -- "especially in the way developers can use the tiles" -- is going to be imitated by other platforms, noted Al Hilwa, the director of applications development software at IDC. But for Mango to succeed as a mobile platform, Microsoft will need to forge "market-by-market breakthroughs" by means of carrier and OEM alliances as well as through the fierce marketing of devices, he said. "This is the nature of the Android ecosystem and it is the model Microsoft will likely have to follow," Hilwa said in an e-mail Monday. "The Nokia partnership brings exactly this expertise in various markets." New Mango Models AT&T is taking orders for two Mango-based handsets from Samsung and with a third model called the HTC Titan -- which will sport an extra-large, 4.7-inch display set to follow shortly. Priced at $200, the new Samsung Focus S offers buyers a 4.3-inch super AMOLED plus display, a 1.4GHz processor and 8-megapixel camera. The new Samsung Focus Flash -- which features a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz processor and 5-megapixel camera -- is priced at an ultra-low $50. T-Mobile unveiled its own Mango-based smartphone offering last week. Called the HTC Radar 4G, the new smartphone has a post-rebate...
07-11-2011

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