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Windows 8 tablets won't support Adobe Flash either?

Like Apple with iOS for iPhone and iPad, Microsoft appears to have no intention of supporting Adobe Flash or other web plugins in the upcoming IE 10 for Metro in Windows 8 tablets.

Running Metro style IE plug-in free improves battery life as well as security, reliability, and privacy for consumers. Plug-ins were important early on in the web’s history. But the web has come a long way since then with HTML5. Providing compatibility with legacy plug-in technologies would detract from, rather than improve, the consumer experience of browsing in the Metro style UI.

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Adobe announces Flash Media Server 4.5, will deliver video to iPhone, iPad

Adobe has finally announced support for simultaneous Flash and HTTP video streaming from the Flash Media Server product. This means that devices that don't support Adobe's Flash player or plugin, like iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, will instead get HTTP streaming videos. Same content, same server, easier for broadcasters, easier for users. And it only took years. (Microsoft announced something similar for Silverlight back in November of 2009.)

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FireCore updates aTV Flash with music playback and cloud backup [jailbreak]

FireCore has announced a major update to its aTV Flash (black) software that runs on jailbroken second generation Apple TV’s. The update (beta 7) now includes music playback, cloud backup and even Last.fm powered artist slideshows.

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iPad Live 65: Flash fight

Georgia kicks Seth and Rene in the Flash! Also, iOS 5 beta 3, iPad 3 manufacturers, volume pricing, App Store re-alignment, the Amazon tablet, and iPad as a second screen. This is iPad Live!

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Google Swiffy converts Flash to iPhone, iPad friendly HTML5

Google has an interesting tool up called Swiffy, which converts Flash FLV files to "HMTL5" formats which should be compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. (I put HTML5 in quotes because it represents not just the HTML5 standard itself, but typically and conveniently includes CSS3, JavaScript, H.264 video, and other technologies).

Swiffy converts Flash SWF files to HTML5, allowing you to reuse Flash content on devices without a Flash player (such as iPhones and iPads).

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Adobe to adopt HTTP Live Streaming for Flash Media Server

Adobe is adding support for Apple's HTTP Live Streaming technology to Adobe Flash Media Server, which means live web video using that platform will soon be compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Currently this type of live video is only available via Flash plugin, which is still inching its way towards mobile, and which Apple is still not interested in for their devices.

By offering HTTP Live Streaming on the server side, no Flash plugin (or any other type of plugin) is required for iOS -- it just detects Safari or the embedded web view and serves the supported H.264 format. (Which sounds similar to what Microsoft did for SilverLight video almost a year and a half ago.)

Video demo of HTTP Live Streaming to iPad, after the break...

[Adobe, thanks Anthony!]

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Daily Tip: How to watch Flash video on your iPad and iPhone

Curious how to watch Flash video on your iPad, iPod touch and iPhone? Sure Apple doesn't and probably won't even support Adobe's Flash plugin but guess what -- there are a couple of apps for that! You won't get Flash games or Flash apps, but thanks to some server-side Flash-to-H.264 transcoding, you can get a lot of the video you want on the device you have. And we'll show you how after the break!

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Netgear CEO criticizes Apple and Steve Jobs

Netgear CEO Patrick Lo has spoken out over Apple’s closed ecosystem and the ego of Steve Jobs. Speaking at a lunch in Sydney Australia, Lo questioned the future of Apple’s closed system, in the face of mounting competition from Google’s “Open” Android operating system.

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Translating the Toshiba Tablet iPhone, iPad site

Toshiba is yet another company launching yet another Android-based tablet trying desperately to differentiate themselves and get a little attention by having some fun with iPhone and iPad users.

So I thought I'd have a little fun back. Launching a super-secret Word Lens-like iPhone app that automagically translates BS into English, I went to the Toshiba Tablet site, was redirected to their "iOS doesn't support Flash" site -- wait, what? Really? -- then watched as the letters re-arranged themselves in augmented reality glory to give me a more accurate reflection of devices true capabilities.

The "entire internet" isn't achieved by simply adding Flash to WebKit. Flash isn't even a part of most of the internet, just the Web. Even the "entire web" includes more plugins than just Flash, including Silverlight and the Flash of the previous decade, ActiveX.

So while it would be nice to have a Flash player on iOS, it would be even nicer if companies like Toshiba spent less time making silly sites targeting iPad users and spent more time making fantastic user experiences to woo iPad users away (and force Apple to work harder to woo them back).

Otherwise they're just proving Tim Cook right.

(Actual Toshiba screen shot after the break).

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