Adobe releases Flash 10.2 beta; improves speed, efficiency

By on December 1, 2010 at 8:30 AM.

Adobe releases Flash 10.2 beta; improves speed, efficiency

Today, Adobe announced the release of its Flash Player 10.2 beta software via its Labs website. The new bits aim to shore-up the speed and efficiency of the internet video player. As Adobe explains:

Flash Player 10.2 beta introduces a number of enhancements we’re excited to share, including Stage Video, a new API that delivers best-in-class, high performance video playback across platforms. The new beta also includes Internet Explorer 9 hardware acceleration support previewed earlier (in Flash Player “Square”), enhanced text rendering, and two popular requests from the community: a native custom mouse cursors API and support for full screen playback with multiple monitors.

As you can see from the above statement, the new player will support GPU acceleration when used in conjunction with the Internet Explorer 9 web browser. Adobe boasts that with its new Stage Video API and GPU acceleration the have “seen laptops play smooth 1080p HD video with just over 0% CPU usage.” Hit the read link to grab the new goodies. More →

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Internet Explorer 9 gets short UI walkthrough video

By on September 7, 2010 at 9:00 PM.

Internet Explorer 9 gets short UI walkthrough video

It looks like video of the yet-to-be-released Internet Explorer 9 has surfaced on the web. The browser, which is scheduled to launch in beta next week, is seen sporting a new, cleaner user interface and scoring a 95 out of 100 on the Acid 3 browser test. We’ve got the 77 second video for you after the break, let us know if Microsoft’s latest iteration of IE is conjuring up thoughts about cheating on Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. More →

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Images of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 accidentally posted on Russian site?

By on August 25, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

Images of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 accidentally posted on Russian site?

Things we know: Microsoft has an Internet Explorer event scheduled for September 15th, Microsoft has released four developer previews of Internet Explorer 9, IE 9 beta is set to launch in September and in all likelihood will be unveiled at the 9/15 gathering. Things we don’t know: what IE 9′s interface will look like. However, thanks to Microsoft’s Russian press site, we may have a better idea of what we are in-store for. ZDNet found the screen shot above sitting on the Redmond software giant’s Russian web site. The screen capture shows a sleeker, less cluttered, dare we say more mature, version of IE. The shot depicts a unified search and address bar and the Russian site said the whole look and feel of the browser has been simplified. When contacted for comment, the company had this to say: “Microsoft is encouraged by the early enthusiasm around Internet Explorer 9; we have nothing further to share about Internet Explorer 9 at this time.” Guess we’ll just have to wait until the 15th. More →

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