Google launches WebM open-source video format

By on May 19, 2010 at 1:02 PM.

Google launches WebM open-source video format

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As a part of its I/O 2010 keynote, Google has announced a new, open-source video format known as WebM. Based primarily on VP8, the royalty-free format also borrows from Matroska as well and Ogg Vorbis audio. Said to be efficient in its consumption of power and resources, Google is claiming WebM will work wonderfully on phones, tablets, netbooks and other portable devices. As of May 19th, all videos uploaded to YouTube shop in 720p and up will be encoded in WebM. Chrome, Firefox and Opera are the major browsers that will fully support WebM with nightly builds. Apple and Microsoft have not committed to WebM. Major arware partners include ADM, ARM, Broadcom, Freescale, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. Intel look to be the major holdout. Adobe announced it will update Flash with support for VP8.

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Hulu a ways away from being HTML5 ready

By on May 13, 2010 at 11:00 PM.

Hulu a ways away from being HTML5 ready

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In a blog post discussing some new features that were recently rolled out, Hulu’s Eugene Wei took a moment to outline some of the reasons why HTML5 won’t be a part of the video streaming websites for a while yet. Planted inconspicuously between talk of “meeting the needs of its customers,” and delivering “premium visual quality,” Wei mentioned that the primary setback has to do with DRM, or more accurately the lack of support for it. Without DRM, Wei said that Hulu would not be able to “secure [its] content,” which would essentially allow anyone to save the videos they’re watching as easily as they could save a photo from any given website. In light of this, it’s easy to see why so many are suspiciously watching others as they make the transition from Flash to HTML5. After all, what sort of TV network would want to distribute their content on a site that is so easy to steal from?

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Adobe hits back at Apple with a sappy ad campaign

By on May 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

Adobe hits back at Apple with a sappy ad campaign

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Today, in a bizarre — but not entirely unexpected — move, Adobe launched an advertising campaign designed to garner support for its ongoing battle against Apple and their anti-Flash crusade. Flash-based banners are starting to appear all over the web going on about Adobe’s love (“<3″ actually) of: Web, Flash, HTML5, Authoring Code Only Once, All Devices and Platforms, Our 3 Million Developers, and Freedom of Choice. Adobe founders Chuck Geschke and John Warnock even found the time to pose for a very creepy picture and co-author an op-ed piece entitled “Our thoughts on open markets.” The piece more or less goes over all of the pro-Flash arguments we’ve heard countless times throughout this ordeal, and proves that they’re much warmer and fuzzier men than Apple’s — more specifically Steve Jobs — by repeatedly using words like: believe, freedom, create, innovation, and express. It’s all very touching, and is sure to get a lot of people fired up, but peace, love, and harmony? Very quaint Adobe…however, when you’re dealing with Apple you best put on your boxing gloves. More →

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Steve Jobs disses Adobe and calls BS on Google

By on January 31, 2010 at 2:40 PM.

Steve Jobs disses Adobe and calls BS on Google

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If you had any doubts about Steve Jobs’ confidence and convictions after returning to Apple from his sick leave, it’s time you leave those at the door. The revered CEO announced a hotly anticipated device last week and followed up by burning the competition. On Google, Steve Jobs said that its motto “Don’t be evil” is bullshit (Steve’s words, not ours). Clearly, Steve-o isn’t phased by the Nexus One while he boasts the three billion apps sold from the Apple app store. Regarding Adobe, Steve apparently went on to say they’re lazy and are squandering so much potential. Wow. And Flash? According to Steve, no one will be using Flash in the future; it’s going to be all about HTML5.

Is Steve Jobs’ boisterous attitude completely without warrant? Or is he just telling it like it is? Let us know your thoughts. More →

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Google Voice web app updated for Pre and iPhone

By on January 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM.

Google Voice web app updated for Pre and iPhone

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Today, Google is rolling out a new version of their Google Voice web app, leveraging HTML5, which enables Palm Pre and Apple iPhone users to have a more rich user experience. We know, we know, it isn’t a native app… but the interface looks pretty darn good. The new web app facilitates all the functions you would expect out of Google Voice, you can: place calls, send text messages, read or listen to voicemails, and adjust your account settings. What we love about the web app as opposed to third party clients is that you can actually call out directly as opposed to “dialing” a number, and receiving a call back. The update should be available to everyone by the end of today, but it’s working for us already. Couple more screenshots and a video after the break! More →

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