Apple, Google and five other technology companies must face a lawsuit for violating antitrust laws, according to a federal judge. The two companies, along with Intel, Adobe, Pixar, Intuit and Lucasfilm, are accused of entering into agreements to not recruit each other’s employees. U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in San Jose, California said on Thursday that even if the claims were dismissed, she would give the plaintiffs a chance to amend their complaint and refile it, reports Bloomberg. “They still have an antitrust claim that’s going forward so I don’t want to see any obstruction on discovery,” she told lawyers during a hearing. More →
The Department of Justice recently released information that suggests a number of large U.S. technology companies may have created secret “no poaching” agreements with one another. The companies that have been under investigation include Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Pixar, Adobe and Lucasfilm. The alleged no poaching agreements may have been pretty scary: According to TechCrunch, which published the DoJ’s early findings, companies were told to deny offers to anyone who applied for a job voluntarily from competing firms, and were to alert the employee’s current boss. That’s in addition to agreeing not to steal employees from one another. In one excerpt, Adobe’s senior vice president of human resources said: “Bruce [Adobe’s former CEO] and Steve Jobs have an agreement that we are not to solicit ANY Apple employees, and vice versa.” The results of the DoJ investigation will be revealed as part of a class-action lawsuit hearing in San Jose next week. More →
Tablet owners spend big bucks online according to a new report. In fact, the new study published by Adobe Digital Marketing Insights suggests that tablet owners spend 50% more per purchase than smartphone owners on retail purchases, and over 20% more than PC users. The study found that smartphone owners spent about $80 per purchase on average but tablet owners spent an average of $123. Laptop/PC users spent $102 per retail purchase on average in 2011. Tablet owners are three times more likely to make a purchase on a retail website than a smartphone user is, too. Adobe Digital Marketing Insights gathered its data from more than 150 U.S. retailers last year and more than 16.2 billion transactions made online. More →
Apple has reportedly hired a former Adobe executive to run its iAd division, which was being led by Eddie Cue after Andy Miller left the company last year. Todd Teresi, former vice president of media solutions at Adobe, will now head Apple’s mobile ad unit according to Bloomberg’s Adam Santarino. Apple has seemingly struggled to gain traction with its iAd platform, and the Cupertino-based company has lowered its minimum spend twice since launching iAd in an effort to woo advertisers. The company initially required a minimum of $1 million be spent on each campaign, but the minimum spend now sits at $400,000. More →
Adobe announced an update to its Flash Player on Friday that provides support for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Prior to Friday, Flash was not officially supported by Android 4.0 on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the only device currently running Google’s latest mobile operating system. Adobe noted a few known issues with its release, including one that does not prioritize the audio during an incoming call. That means any current Flash clip will play audio before and after the call is received. In addition, the “enter” key does not work in multi-line text input fields. Those sound like minor bugs for full Flash support, though. Galaxy Nexus owners, or anyone with Ice Cream Sandwich installed on a rooted device, should be able to find the Flash app in the Android Market now. Adobe announced in November that it would cease development of its mobile Flash Player, so this could be one of the last releases we see. More →
If you thought, like us, that Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system would still support Adobe’s mobile Flash Player, think again. It turns out the application wasn’t included on the Galaxy Nexus, the first Android 4.0 phone, and it is not available for download, either. Since Ice Cream Sandwich had been announced months before Adobe decided to pull the trigger on mobile Flash Player, some suspected that Flash support might still be included. Google commented and said that “Flash hasn’t been released for ICS yet so far as we know, Adobe will support Flash for ICS.” Adobe announced recently that it will cease development of its mobile Flash Player product, however, so it seems more likely that Adobe will work to bring AIR and HTML5-based solutions to Ice Cream Sandwich rather than Flash Player.
UPDATE: Adobe issued the following statement on the matter: “Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which will provide support for Android 4.0 — expected to be released before the end of this year.” More →
Adobe on Wednesday confirmed that it is ceasing development of Flash Player for mobile devices. Instead, with regard to mobile platforms, the software company will focus on HTML5 and Adobe AIR-packaged native apps moving forward. “Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores,” Adobe VP Danny Winokur wrote in a post on the company’s blog. “We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations. We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.” More →
Adobe will soon discontinue development of Flash Player for mobile devices according to a recent report. Citing sources with knowledge of Adobe’s future plans, ZDNet’s Tech Broiler blog claims that Adobe will no longer develop Flash Player for mobile browsers, instead focusing on mobile apps, “expressive” desktop content and increasing the company’s investment in HTML5. “Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores,” Adobe reportedly wrote in a memo. “We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations.” The purported memo adds that Adobe will continue to support mobile Flash on Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook, supplying critical bug fixes and security updates as required.
UPDATE: Adobe confirmed that it will cease development of Flash Player for mobile.
During the IBC trade show in Amsterdam on Friday, Adobe officially took the wraps off of its new Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 which will allow iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to access Adobe Flash content. Apple, which has long rejected Adobe’s Flash technology, doesn’t need to approve the tech for it to work, either. “With Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, media publishers now have a single, simple workflow for delivering content using the same stream to Flash-enabled devices or to the Apple iPhone and iPad,” Adobe said in a statement. Flash Media Server 4.5 allows publishers to create HTTP content and push the same content to iOS devices that it does to Flash-enabled devices in a single stream. Instead of relying on a device’s processor to render the stream, which often degrades battery life and slows a device down, Adobe’s Flash Media Server 4.5 does all the legwork. Adobe Flash Media Server is available immediately to publishers for $4,500. Read on for the full press release. More →
Adobe announced on Wednesday that its Digital Publishing Suite will offer support for Apple’s Newsstand feature in iOS. Newsstand will allow users to purchase popular newspapers and magazines directly from their iOS device. “With more than 600 titles created to date, the industry-leading Adobe Digital Publishing Suite includes full support for Newsstand subscriptions, which can significantly boost sales and advertising revenue by combining greater content discoverability with flexible payment options required by readers,” Adobe said in a statement. The company noted that publishers will be able to use Digital Publishing Suite to build Newsstand applications as soon as Apple releases iOS 5 and launches its Newsstand application. Read on for the full press release from Adobe. More →
Adobe launched CreatePDF for iOS on Monday, a new application that allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to create and open PDF files directly from their iOS devices. Adobe says CreatePDF offers “consistent, high-fidelity PDF conversion independent of device or software” and explains that it uses Adobe’s online services to ensure quality and performance. Supported file formats include:
- MS Word (docx, doc), Excel(xlsx, xls), PowerPoint (pptx, ppt)
- Adobe Illustrator (ai), Photoshop (psd) and InDeisng (indd)
- Images – JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
- RTF, Text and WordPerfect
- OpenOffice and StarOffice documents
CreatePDF is available in the iTunes App store now for $9.99. Read on for a link to the download. More →
Adobe on Monday announced the availability of Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex. 4.5, a pair of tools that let developers easily code applications for iOS, Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook. Adobe’s tools now provide developers with a single platform for building apps across each of the three popular mobile operating systems. “The reaction from developers to the new mobile capabilities in Flash Builder 4.5 and the Flex 4.5 framework has been absolutely fantastic,” said Adobe’s VP of developer tooling, Ed Rowe, said in a statement. “They are amazed by how easy it is to create great mobile apps for Android devices, BlackBerry PlayBook, iPhone and iPad. Companies can now effectively reach their customers no matter what type of device they have.” Adobe’s new Flash Builder 4.5 Standard is available immediately for $249 and a premium version is available for $699. Flex 4.5 is a free open source framework. Both tools are also included in Adobe’s Creative Suite 5.5. The full press release follows after the break. More →
Adobe has issued an update for its Adobe Flash Player application on Android smartphones. “A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Flash Player 10.3.181.23 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.3.185.23 and earlier versions for Android,” the company said. “This memory corruption vulnerability (CVE-2011-2110) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks via malicious Web pages.” The latest version, 10.3.185.24, is available in the Android Market for free now. More →