Sunday, June 13, 2010

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is out

Adobe has released Flash Player 10.1 and said that a final version for the Android mobile OS will be released "later this month".


There are improvements to conserve resources, reduce power usage and extend battery life. Adobe claims that Flash Player can now automatically reduce the power consumption for content running in the background on a non-visible browser tab to improve performance when users are multitasking.

There is better hardware decoding and buffering, P2P video, multicast and http streaming. Peer-assisted networking and multicast are available for Flash Player 10.1 by using Real Time Media Flow Protocol (RTMFP), which enables peers on a network to assist in real time communication and content delivery over the web.

Flash Player now supports peer-assisted networking groups, which allow an application to segment its users and send messages and data between members of the group.

There is also something called Smart seek which means that you can seek within a new 'back' buffer, making it possible to rewind or fast forward video without Flash Player calling back from the server.

There are also Actionscript 3 APIs for multi-touch and gestures. This means that it is possible to work with multiple objects simultaneously or work with native gestures, such as pinch, scroll, rotate, scale, and two-finger tap.

Flash 10.1 has been in beta for a while and it brings in GPU acceleration for H.264 content, if you are using Windows of course.

Apple users will not be able to use it, but since Steve Jobs says they are not allowed to they will not care that much. Users of the Linux based Android mobile OS will also have to wait a little while for a version that runs on their devices.

Adobe has been under fire for its Flash program in recent months, not least from Apple's Steve Jobs who says that it crashes his machines and smells bad. However it is still used on most of the world's websites.
You can download Adobe's Flash Player 10.1 here.

Source: adobe.com and theinquirer.net

Mozilla Firefox 4?

A Pre-Alpha version of Firefox 3.7 Alpha 5, which should give us a first impression of Firefox 4.0, went live last night on Mozilla’s FTP servers. Don’t get too excited just yet. It’s a Pre-Alpha.

Mozilla has posted the update as a “build 1” developer version on its servers. It measures a healthy 8.3 MB, and comes with features such as WebM support and Gecko 1.9.3. However, while it is promised to include many Firefox 4.0 features it still has the old GUI and had even trouble to render its GUI correctly.
At this point it is simply seems what Mozilla claims – a developer version or testing purposes – and not a browser to use on a daily basis. However, if you would like to run Mozilla’s latest Firefox, you can download it here.

source: mozilla.com and conceivablytech.com

Motorola Responds To The iPhone 4: A 2 GHz Android Phone

Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola’s consumer business and mobile devices division, today confirmed that the company will continue to roll out Android phones at a fast pace, including a 2 GHz smartphone by the end of the year.

In a long standing tradition, speeches at the Executives Club of Chicago are not the place to make specific product announcements, but the environment is apparently attractive enough for key leaders in the IT industry to drop notes about future product plans. Last year, Steve Ballmer talked about Project Natal, describing it as a “new Xbox”, which signifies the importance of the product for Microsoft.

Earlier today, Sanjay Jha talked about his vision for the mobile devices industry. If it is up to Jha, mobile computers will simply die within a few years. Many corporations will give their employees smartphones instead of notebooks within 2 years, he predicted. Smartphones are quickly increasing their computing power, driving by a convergence of applications and usage scenarios.

By the end of the year, Motorola will be releasing a phone with a 2 GHz processor, Jha said. While the executive did not elaborate any further, another Motorola executive who asked to remain anonymous said that this new phone is intended to incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today. It will be based on Android, and include, like the iPhone 4, a gyroscope and add an Nvidia Tegra-based graphics processor with full Flash 10.1 hardware acceleration. It appears that the 2 GHz chip will be an evolutionary step above the current 1 GHz Snapdragon chip.

Source: conceivablytech.com