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+ - Open-source flash player?->

Submitted by virgilp
virgilp (1774784) writes "There is Gnash, but it's not current and doesn't appear that it will ever be. But lightspark is based on Adobe's latest specs and promises to be a real alternative. To quote from the article:

Lightspark is an open source Adobe Flash imple men ta tion, designed from the ground up to be effi cient on cur rent and (hope fully) future hardware.

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Apple

+ - Jobs rejects runRev after formerly encouraging it->

Submitted by virgilp
virgilp (1774784) writes "From the article

In response to a question in a recent Apple shareholder’s meeting, Jobs said that a HyperCard-like product for the iPad would be a good idea “though someone would have to build it”.
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In order to support our active and growing revMobile customer base, we submitted an in-depth proposal to Apple that we create an iPhone-only product that uses native Cocoa objects, supports 100% of their API, works perfectly with multitasking and battery life, but uses a variant of the revTalk language to use these objects and APIs, and then translates those into native code. While a significant engineering departure for us from the current revMobile path, this solution would have resulted in perfect-quality iPhone-only applications
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Steve Jobs has now rejected our proposal and made it clear that he has no interest in having revMobile available on the iPhone or iPad in any form.

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+ - Boltzmann equation solved, the new way

Submitted by xt
xt (225814) writes "The Boltzmann equation is old news. What's news is that the 140 year old equation has been solved, using mathematical techniques from the fields of partial differential equations and harmonic analysis, some as new as five years old. This solution provides a new understanding of the effects due to grazing collisions, when neighboring molecules just glance off one another rather than collide head on. We may not understand the theory, but we'll sure love the applications!"
Apple

+ - Developer gets money back from Apple->

Submitted by virgilp
virgilp (1774784) writes "From the article:

Update: After following up the response I received from Apple with:
"Thanks for your reply. I'm sure you understand that what you have said is not legal. You cannot vary the terms of a contract and just keep my money — the law is very clear on this.
I have now placed the transaction into dispute with my card issuer, and they will issue the charge-back to you shortly.
All the best with your toxic practices in the future."


I have now received this in reply:

"Hello Jodie
We are pleased make an exception to our no refund/no exchanges terms of purchase and have processed a refund for your iPhone Developer Program order.
Although we have processed your refund immediately, we request that you please allow 7-10 business days to post the transaction to your cardholder account.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please let me know.

Regards,

iPhone Developer Program"

"

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Businesses

+ - Adobe Calls Out Apple with Ads in NY Times, WSJ 3

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Businessweek reports that Adobe has taken out newspaper advertisements in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times today and posted an open letter to call out the tablet-computer maker for stifling competition. "We believe that consumers should be able to freely access their favorite content and applications, regardless of what computer they have, what browser they like, or what device suits their needs," the letter states. "No company — no matter how big or how creative — should dictate what you can create, how you create it, or what you can experience on the web." The letter is part of a widening rift between Apple and Adobe. Two weeks ago, Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs wrote a 29-paragraph public missive panning Adobe’s Flash as having “major technical drawbacks.” U.S. antitrust enforcers also may investigate Apple following a complaint from Adobe, people familiar with the matter said this month. Adobe has also launched a banner ad campaign to let you know that they love Apple. The two-piece banner ads are composed of a 720 x 90 pixel “We [heart] Apple” design, followed by a 300 x 250 pixel medium rectangle that reads: “What we don’t love is anybody taking away your freedom to choose what you create, how you create it, and what you experience on the web.”"
Programming

+ - Dreamweaver CS5: back from the dead?->

Submitted by Barence
Barence (1228440) writes "A year or so ago PC Pro's Tom Arah created a mini-storm of controversy with his "I'm sorry but Dreamweaver is dying" blog in which he suggested that Dreamweaver's dominance is fading and that web designers starting out today would do better getting to grips with a content management systems (CMS). Amazingly, at the recent CS5 press launch, the Adobe evangelist demonstrating Dreamweaver CS5 began his talk by referring to that blog and, when he discovered that Tom was in the audience, suggested that he might want to "eat crow". In this follow-up blog, "Dreamweaver CS5: back from the dead?", Tom explains why he's now delighted to say that Adobe man was right... largely."
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+ - Adobe demoes Flash running on Android Nexus One->

Submitted by recoiledsnake
recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Adobe Evangelist Ryan Stewart has posted a video on Youtube that showcases a preview version of Flash running nicely on an Android Nexus on a variety of sampled sites on the Web. Streaming video of TV shows is demoed on the CBS and NHL web sites and a couple of games are shown running with the touch features working nicely. All the web pages and Flash content demoed are normal desktop oriented web pages and weren't optimized for mobiles. Coming on the heels of Android sales overtaking the iPhone and a possible anti-trust enquiry, will iPad and iPhone users that want Flash be able to opt-in for a Flash player App or will all of them be denied access to ubiquitous Flash content and video on the Web due to Jobs' mandate thus making the Appel devices even less desirable leading to more sales for Android phones and upcoming tablets?"
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+ - Blocking annoying ads, leaving the okay ones 2

Submitted by kestasjk
kestasjk (933987) writes "Is there an AdBlock system which makes it easy to block annoying flash/gif/image based ads, but leave the text ones? I feel guilty about running AdBlock, but when I turn it off the non-textual ads just bug me too much (even though I find the text-based ads often interesting).

I could go through the massive AdBlock filter list and prune out the flash/gif/image ones, or start my own list and have to block out new ads, but hasn't anyone else dealt with this problem?"

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