Google TV, Apple TV and content convergence

Google TV launches at the end of this summer. Hardware partners include Intel, Sony and Logitech. There's an Android SDK coming soon, which will allow for full control of the TV from your phone. Apple TV has been around in one form or another for a few years now, however, it remains, relatively speaking something of the backwater for Apple, however, recent reports suggest that this is about to change: Steve Jobs' "hobby" — the Apple TV — is slated for a radical revamp, an extreme price slice, and a future in the cloud, according to "a source very close to Apple." Engadget reports tha...

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Adobe’s Kevin Lynch talks about HTML5, Flash and Apple

Adobe's Kevin Lynch talks about HTML5 and Steve Jobs' recent pronouncements on Flash, which Jobs argues doesn't play nice with the iPhone, iPad, etc. Now, believe me when I say that I'm no lover of Flash, indeed I actively dislike it in many ways, but like extremist parties in a democracy I support its right to exist. And in truth, if used well, in the right context, etc, etc, Flash can be pretty cool. But that's not the point, the point is that if, as Apple argues, Flash on mobile platforms sucks then developers and users should be given the right to reject it, without Apple banning it...

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Wired iPad App points to future of the magazine

Last week at TED, Wired and Adobe unveiled an iPad app that they've both been working on. Looks interesting doesn't it? But wait a minute - isn't Flash banned from the iPad for being a crashtastic battery hog? So how does the iPad App work? Apparently it's build using Air. Ah well that's all right then becuase Air's a much more stable, lightweight platform than Flash... O.K. despite the sarcasm, the Wired App looks interesting, and definitely suggests a more interesting future for multimedia storytelling. I just hope that it doesn't perform like almost every other horrible Air app I'v...

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