After using Microsoft’s Silverlight, an Adobe Flash competitor, to stream the Olympics over the Internet, NBC has decided to jump to drop Silverlight in favor of Flash for streaming NFL games online.
No word on exactly why the change was made, but I’d imagine it has something to do with Microsoft paying NBC to be used for the Olympics but not paying for NBC to use it for the NFL games, so NBC went with the one with the highest market share, which is Flash.
While watching the game online, the interactive version will allow you to switch camera angles, view picture-in-picture playback, view live stats and interact with the commentators in real-time.
Check out the first broadcast this Thursday between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.
Although Microsoft hasn’t officially announced a version of it’s Zune with a 120GB hard drive, it’s already been sold at a Fry’s Electronics in Atlanta, GA, and now it’s listed on Amazon for $248.27 and is shipping right now.
The device is expected to be officially unveiled in a couple of days at the companies September 9th event with the tag line “Say Goodbye to Laser”.
At that event we’re expecting to see new “Blue Track” mice, a couple of webcams (the LifeCam VX-5500 and LifeCam Show NX-8000), the 120GB hard drive-based Zune and a 16GB flash-based Zune.
There’s a lot of content on the Internet that’s in Flash (no, not all of it is annoying) and one of the drawbacks to it is that the Flash content isn’t searchable, meaning as website search engines index the Internet they are only able to index text and hyperlinks in Flash files but not things like images and FLV files.
Yesterday, together with Google and Yahoo, Adobe announced that that they have a special Flash Player that Google and Yahoo both used to update their search algorithms so that now both Google and Yahoo are able to index anything within a Flash file that users can see. Plus, Flash developers don’t have to change anything with their Flash files to make them easier to search.
Good news for Flash developers worried about SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
[Via Download Squad]
You most likely heard about this already–while speaking in front of some students in Hungary someone in the audience stood up and threw eggs at Steve Ballmer.
Wish it was you? Well now’s your chance.
Thanks to Flash you can egg him yourself at http://www.egg-attack.com.
Its a pretty simple game that gives you the opportunity to either throw eggs at Ballmer, or play as Ballmer himself and try to avoid flying eggs.
[Via Download Squad]
Apple Core, makers of the aTV Flash for easy hacking of an Apple TV without voiding the devices warranty, pulled the device and cancelled and refunded all outstanding orders.
The reason? Questions about the “fair use of a particular file present on the aTV Flash.”
The company insists that the move is not due to legal pressure from Apple or anyone else for that matter, they just “need to clarify some licensing issues” and will be selling the product again once things are cleared up. Unfortunately they did not present a timeline for when this may be done but hopefully it won’t take long.
If you have an Apple TV and wish you could do things like play DivX and Xvid files, view RSS feeds and surf the web but existing hacks make you nervous, you might want to check out aTV Flash by Apple Core.
aTV Flash comes preloaded onto a USB flash drive and all you do is plug it into your Apple TV and the aTV Flash software will automatically hack your Apple TV.
Apple Core says that this does NOT void the devices warrenty and is compatible with Apple’s Take 2 software for the Apple TV.
For more info check out the aTV Flash product page here.
Adobe has released a public beta of its Flash Player 10, aka Astro, for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Flash Player 10 is the first version to support hardware acceleration from graphics processors.
Other new features in Flash Player 10 are:
- Support for 3D
- Enhanced drawing API
- Support for custom filters and effects in real time using Adobe Pixel Bender (formerly called ‘Hydra’)
- Support for variable bitrate video that can automatically drop quality to maintain a constant framerate
- More advanced text layout
Adobe asks that you uninstall any existing Flash Player before installing this beta version.
For more info check out the product page here.
Apparently Canon will be raising their prices for dealers effective May 1st on lenses and flashes.
Sure, that’s the dealer price, but the dealers will most likely be adjusting their consumer price to make up the difference so keep this in mind if you’re in the market for a new Canon lens or flash.
The increase will apparently not be hitting DSLRs or kits.
[Via Photography Blog]
The Flip camcorder, the tiny, inexpensive, flash memory-based camcorder has managed to claim 13% of the camcorder market. Since its debut it has been the best selling camcorder on Amazon.
Here’s what it does NOT have:
- Video light
- Optical view finder
- Special effects
- Headphones jack
- High definition
- Lens cap
- Memory card
- Optical zoom
Okay, sounds like junk, right?
It has one button to start or stop recording, another to play what you’ve recorded, and a delete button to delete a clip.
As David Pogue, tech writer for the New York Times puts it, “it’s the video equivalent of a Kodak point-and-shoot camera. It’s the very definition of ‘less is more.'”
Its a camcorder that nearly anyone can use, from children to seniors and anyone in between.
Even transferring videos off of it is a snap. A USB connection swings out and you just pug it into your computer.
The video isn’t as good as standard camcorder but at 640 x 480 at 30 frames per second it’s really not bad and certainly beats a cellphone camera.
For more information check out the product page here.
Just yesterday Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen said while on a conference call while investment experts “we believe Flash is synonymous with the Internet experience, and we are committed to bringing Flash to the iPhone…we have evaluated [the SDK] and we think we can develop an iPhone Flash player ourselves.”
Flash forward one whole day…Narayen is now saying “to bring the full capabilities of Flash to the iPhone Web-browsing experience we do need to work with Apple beyond and above what is available through the SDK and the current license around it.”
Adobe still wants to make Flash for the iPhone, they just don’t seem to be able to on their own.