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On Flash Crash and Sublime HTML5 Video Clash

We all know by now there's no Flash on the iPhone or iPod touch, and it doesn't look like there'll be Flash on the iPad, which is probably why Adobe's Chief Technology Officer fired off an impassioned defense of the plugin, while a software engineer shows how a still-unfixed bug crashes it, and the first full on HTML5 video player concept makes its debut.

First up, Adobe CTO, Kevin Lynch has posted a full throated defense of Flash on his Adobe Blog and in a follow up comment notes:

Regarding crashing, I can tell you that we don't ship Flash with any known crash bugs, and if there was such a widespread problem historically Flash could not have achieved its wide use today.

How does this reconcile with Apple CEO, Steve Jobs saying something along the lines of "Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash"? TUAW draws our attention to Matthew Dempsky who found a bug that causes Flash to crash in Safari and Chrome, and Firefox to crash completely. And Adobe hasn't fixed it some 16 months later... Dempsky has created http://flashcrash.dempsky.org/ to demonstrate (remember, it will crash Firefox completely!), and says:

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iPad in Business -- Doctors Want it, Omni Group Gets it

While much of iPad presentation thus far has been focused on content consumption, Apple's iWork demo and the ability to run iPhone productivity apps -- and eventually iPad-specific apps -- as well as 1024x768 web apps means it's got a fighting chance in business, especially key verticals like medicine, and with developers like Omni Group.

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Game Developers Like iPhone More than Nintendo DS, Sony PSP

According to Game Developers Research, their new study shows the iPhone platform is more popular with game developers than either the Nintendo DS or Sony PSP. Electronista sums up:

Demand for the iPhone has surged to where about 19 percent of all game developers are writing for the iPhone and iPod touch. The figure is more than twice as high as for the DS and PSP and results in three quarters of all mobile game developers writing for Apple's handhelds.

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Ars: Slingplayer Didn't Change for AT&T, AT&T Tested and Got Comfortable with Sling

Chris Foresman over at Ars Technica spoke with Sling Media regarding AT&T's recent announcement that they'd now allow SlingPlayer to work over 3G, and general manager John Gilmore had this to say:

"We actually have been working very intensively with AT&T to get the 3G streaming approved," Gilmore told Ars. "Over the course of the last couple of months, they have been testing the app in their labs."

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Apple Forces Mention of Google's Android Off App Store

Have the gloves officially come off with Apple demanding Flash of Genius: SAT Vocab's developer remove a mention of Google's Android from their App Store application's description? This does come just days after Steve Jobs fired away claiming Google’s “don’t be evil” motto was “BS”. Coincidence? You tell us.

According to Cult of Mac:

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Apple: No Location-based Ads for Non Location-based Apps -- Controversy de Jour?

Apple's iPhone Developer News feed has posted a note saying developers should enhance their App Store apps with Core Location... but not if they just want to use it to serve up location-based ads. Of course, this has set off yet another round of conspiracy theories and Apple accusations. Here's what Apple had to say:

The Core Location framework allows you to build applications which know where your users are and can deliver information based on their location, such as local weather, nearby restaurants, ATMs, and other location-based information.

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iPad GUI Design Recommendations, Templates, and Galleries

If you're interested in iPad design or development, the internet is already offering up resources for you, including interface recommendations, icon templates, and galleries of Apple examples. And why not? The same people who love every pixel of interface on the iPhone are finding 1024x768 reasons to pour over the iPad's beefy new canvas as well.

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TiPb on the Cell Phone Junky Unlocked

Frequent iPhone Live! panelist Mickey Papillon was kind enough to invite yours truly to come on The Cell Phone Junkie Unlocked podcast and talk about Apple's latest iPhone OS device -- the iPad.

It's a subscribers only podcast, but Mickey and his partner Joey also offer up the free Cell Phone Junkie podcast, and over the course of the last two months I've been on there as part of the Smartphone Round Robin, along with PreCentral.net's Dieter Bohn, CrackBerry.com's Kevin Michaluk, AndroidCentral.com's Casey Chan, NokiaExperts.com's Matt Miller, and WMExperts.com's Phil Nickinson for a look at the past, present, and future of all the major smartphone platforms.

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Verizon is Back with 3 More Anti AT&T TV Spots

Verizon is back once more firing back at AT&T's 3G ads by releasing three more anti AT&T TV spots titled "Big Red", "Sail" and "Shadows". You will see that two of the three ads are actually spoofs of classic commercial campaigns. "Big Red" spoofs those Big Red gum commercials while "Shadows" spoofs DaBeers Diamonds are forever commercials.

Verizon just loves to try to push what seems to be it's only advantage over AT&T, more 3G coverage. Once AT&T proceeds with their plans to enhance their network and coverage what will happen to these commercials? What then will Verizon have over AT&T? Sound off in the comments below!

Commercials after the break!

[Thanks for the tip Bruce!]

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Steve Jobs Shows Up in Top Hat to Show off iPad to New York Media Bosses?

Silicon Alley Insider not only says Steve Jobs showed up to show off his new iPad in a secret set of meetings in New York with New York Times and Wall Street Journal bosses, but he topped it off by wearing a top hat. Yeabuwhat?!

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