Items tagged with iPhad

It hasn't even been 12 months since multiple manufacturers were positioning Adobe Flash support as a centerpiece of their tablet strategies. Flash, we were told, was required for a "full Internet experience," and vital to the presentation of rich content. Today, Adobe dropped a bombshell. From this point forward, "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." Adobe will continue to provide bug fixes and security... Read more...
Apple's lawsuits against Samsung and HTC have drawn commentary that the company might be attempting to litigate its competitors out of the market rather than relying on the free market to decide who had superior products. The new, authorized Steve Jobs biography, however, paints the company's legal actions in a different light. Jobs is famous for his blunt commentary—he once declared "We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash," and "We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash," but his anger over Android... Read more...
Pundits have been predicting that the iPad could seriously threaten Amazon's Kindle since Apple's slate device was first announced, but this new quirk is a first. Amazon has updated its iPhad reader software with support for a select group of books that incorporate audio and/or video material. This multimedia content isn't available on any Kindle hardware, which means Amazon opted to first support a feature on a competitor's platform rather than waiting until its own devices were ready to ship. At present there are only 13 titles available at the usual price of $9.99, including five travel books,... Read more...
In the months between the iPad's announcement and the product's launch, a great deal of attention was lavished on the A4 CPU at the heart of the new device. Apple has been characteristically tight-lipped about the SoC's design and characteristics, but industry analysts have been determinedly chipping away at the question of what the A4 is—and what it isn't. New information that surfaced this week indicating that the CPU at the heart of the A4 is an Intrinsity-designed 'Hummingbird' Cortex A8. There've been rumors floating around that the Samsung S5PC110 and the Apple A4 are literally identical... Read more...
A few weeks after Apple announced its revised programming rules for iPhad devices, Adobe dropped the bombshell that it was abandoning Apple's platform. Up until late April, Adobe had tirelessly pledged Flash support for the iPhone, but certain changes to the developer license made it too risky for the company to continue development. Apple and Adobe have publicly sparred in the last week and the Flash developer may have deliberately upped the ante. Sources at the FTC revealed today that the regulatory agency is preparing to investigate Apple's developer license to see if it unfairly restricts competition—purportedly... Read more...
When Apple released a new version of its iPhone developer program last week, it included new eligibility requirements that have serious implications for both advertisers and programmers. Adobe and Apple have been less than chummy in recent months, but the content creation company has always maintained it would bring Flash to the iPhone one way or another—until today. As of now, Flash for the iPhone is dead. Mark Chambers, Adobe's product manager for Flash, gave some insight as to why on his personal blog. One of the sections of the iPhone developer agreement that's causing problems for a number... Read more...
There's an app for darn near everything on the iPho, iPa, err, iPhad these days—but not for porn. No one paid much attention to this until recently, but the recent frenzy over Apple's decision to block political cartoonist Mark Fiore from the App Store (since reversed) has shone a spotlight on other restricted content. The issue came to a head when Jobs opted, as he sometimes does, to answer an email from an Apple enthusiast who expressed reservations regarding the company's content restrictions. On April 15, Matthew Browning wrote Steve, identified himself as a user and recent convert, and then... Read more...