Browser plugins like Flash and Java have always had their fair share of critics, but the clamor against them seems to be getting increasingly louder. Many of these critics no longer seem content with merely criticizing them, and instead want such plugins to be dispensed with at the earliest. Well, they now have a reason to pop the celebratory bubbly as Mozilla is working on incorporating a click-to-play mechanism for plugins in future versions of its flagship browser.
Technology giants Intel and Micron hammered out revised agreements to expand their NAND Flash memory joint venture relationship, the two companies announced this week. As part of the agreements, Micron will buy back Intel's stake in two wafer fabrication plants for $600 million, half of which will be paid in cash and the rest deposited with Micron to be refunded or applied to Intel's future purchases.
Adobe may have brought the curtain down on the development of Flash for mobile devices, but it has not entirely forsaken existing users of its Flash Player for Android. Seeing as the browser plugin is so infamous for its numerous bugs and security vulnerabilities, it would be criminal on Adobe’s part if it were to completely extricate itself from Flash for Android all of a sudden. Last month, the company released the last major Flash update for Android, adding Android 4.0 support to the plugin. Now it has released a minor followup to that update in the form of Flash Player 220.127.116.11.
Nowadays instances of major online content providers ditching Flash entirely or in part are becoming very common. The latest do so is the venerable British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the largest broadcaster on planet Earth. According to a report, videos on both the mobile and regular versions of the BBC News site are now available in HTML5.
Last month when Adobe announced the end of mobile Flash development, it also made it clear that where PCs were concerned it would continue to “innovate with Flash where it can have most impact for the industry, including advanced gaming and premium video.” This was after it had rolled out Flash 11 for PC browsers, adding support for hardware accelerated 3D graphics that it hoped would power console-like games. Now, Unity Technologies has announced the release of the Unity 3.5 open beta (download) that includes a developer preview of the Adobe Flash Player deployment add-on.
When we first heard about San Diego's Gordon supercomputer, we envisioned a spunky thirty-something with a near endless database of PC knowledge and a custom program designed for epic rants. But then we remembered that's our own Gordon Mah Ung. Surprisingly, no one has named a supercomputer after intrepid Deputy Editor (yet), but San Diego did name one after Flash Gordon, an appropriate namesake since it's the world's first supercomputer to rely entirely on flash memory for storage chores.
Early adopters of Google’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, were a little concerned when Adobe Flash didn’t come pre-loaded on the device, and was nowhere to be found in the Android Market. With the recent announcement that Adobe was walking away from mobile Flash, many users expected this to be the abrupt end of the line. Now Adobe has explained its position in a more nuanced way than before, and users won’t be left out in the cold just yet.
Occupy movements are clearly the trend du jour in the world of protests right now. So much so that a bunch of web and mobile developers have settled on the name “Occupy Flash” for their movement to rid the world of the ubiquitous plugin. They are calling on both ordinary users and developers to boycott Flash. They feel this is the only way of expediting the web’s impending transition to modern open standards.
Research In Motion wants to make it clear that it intends to keep supporting and developing Adobe Flash for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, even though Adobe itself is abandoning Flash on the mobile Web in order to "aggressively contribute to HTML5." Dan Dodge, President and CEO of RIM's QNX operations, announced RIM's continued commitment to Flash in a blog post.
We’re not too proud to admit it: maybe Steve Jobs had it right. Apple’s refusal to let Adobe’s Flash platform sully is famous in tech circles, and way back in April of 2010, Jobs penned a long, open letter explaining his dislike of Flash and championing HTML5 as an alternative. “Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind,” Jobs wrote, and it looks like Adobe finally got the memo: today, the company announced it was ceasing Flash Player development for mobile devices and refocusing its efforts on HTML5.