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Jun062012

Daily Incite: Flash in the can

Apple's refusal to support Flash on the iPhone and iPad started off as a major annoyance for iOS users who, for a few years, couldn't access a majority of videos they encountered online. Now, thanks to HTML5 and other technologies, it is possible to serve videos on the web that will recognize a device and play through a supported file format. This has led not only to an upgrade in usability for Apple aficionados, but also to speculation about the demise of Flash itself. 

Never again?

On geek.com, Matthew Humphries takes a peek at Mozilla's project Shumway, which uses JavaScript to create a "Flash virtual machine," that can efficiently read and render Flash videos and run it in an HTML5-compliant browser. Flash developers should be happy about this, says Humphries, because users will still be able to access Flash videos without downloading the appropriate plugin.

There’s very little detail beyond a collection of files hosted on GitHub, but development seems to be progressing. Eventually it may end up forming part of Firefox, in which case Mozilla will be able to claim Flash compatibility as standard without any collaboration necessary with Adobe. 

The rest of the links:

  • Here's a cool full-screen slit slider with CSS3 and jQuery [codrops]
  • Microsoft will festoon your living room with SmartGlass screens [liveside.net]
  • Speaking of Flash and Microsoft, here's the problem with Microsoft's whole "whitelist" idea [Ars Technica]
  • Want to do cool HTML5 web and mobile stuff but you work at a big company? Check out this new tool from Verivo App Studio [PC Advisor]
  • Boost your HTML5 game's performance by 1000% with CocoonJS [Marketwatch]
  • Digital Arts has a nice thorough review of Adobe CS6 [Digital Arts]
  • Layar lets print designers into the augmented reality fun [The Verge]
  • Prepare for the end of Google Maps on iOS, says WSJ [TUAW]
  • White is not right. Why the dominant fashion color is so bad for the environment [Design Observer]
  • Only 20% of Facebook users say they respond to ads. Which is... bad? [Reuters]
  • MG Siegler plays with a Chomebook. Likes it. Wishes it were cheaper. [Paris Lemon]
  • Graphic: Google owns your whole screen (practically) [David Mihm
  • How CSS handles errors [Tab Completion]
  • Can the Internet save the world? [Lauren Weinstock]
  • O hai LinkedIn hackerz [TUAW]

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