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Daily Dose - Will HTML5 Kill Flash?

02.01.2010
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Will HTML5 Kill Flash?   
According to wired.com, Steve Jobs thinks so.  In a meeting at One Infinite Loop a few days after the iPad release, Jobs said things about Google and Adobe that made Larry Ellison's IBM bashing look coy in comparison.  The person at the conference who gave the story to Wired remained anonymous because he was not authorized to speak to the press.  According to the source, Jobs called Adobe "lazy," saying that they had the potential to do interesting things, but they just wouldn't.  He said that the iPhone won't support Flash because it causes Macs to crash so often.  He concluded that the internet was moving to HTML5 and soon no one would be using Flash.  As for Google, Jobs says they are clearly trying to kill the iPhone with Nexus One.  Jobs received thunderous applause when he told the audience about Google's "don't be evil" mantra.  "It's bullshit," he said.

Google is Shutting the Door on Old Versions of IE, Firefox, and Safari
Google recently announced that it would stop supporting Internet Explorer 6, Firefox 2.0, and Safari 2.0 for Google apps on March 1st.  Users with those browsers will still be able to access the sites like Google Docs and Google Calendar, but new features will not be available and some features will stop working.  This move along with the Chrome Bug Bounty Program might be part of the reaction to Chinese cyberattacks on Gmail earlier this year, given that old versions of IE were exploited during the attacks.

Fennec Arrives - The First Mobile Browser with Add-ons
Mozilla just released the first GA version of mobile Firefox, codenamed "Fennec".  According to Mozilla, it's the first mobile browser to feature add-ons, and it supports over 40 of them.  Popular add-ons such as AdBlock Plus and URL fixer are compatible with Fennec.  The Fennec release also coincides with the Weave 1.0 release for syncing history, forms, bookmarks, and opened tabs between mobile and desktop computing devices.  Right now Fennec is only available on the Maemo 5 operating system, which means only on the Nokia N900.  However, Mozilla is currently alpha testing a version of Fennec for Windows Mobile and there are prototypes for Android.

Chrome Five Arrives

While some people are finally enjoying the stable release of Chrome 4, users of the developer version can brag about how they just reached version 5.  However, there are plenty of bugs that need fixing.  The Windows version features a Content Settings panel with fine-tuning controls for cookies, images, pop-ups, and JavaScript.  The Mac version has received better extension stability (remember, only the dev channel version has extensions on Macs) and there is now a search field for the cookies manager.

3D jQuery Infinite Carousel Project
Someone has made a 3D infinite carousel using jQuery and a TutsValley.com tutorial.  Let the author know what you think.
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Nicolas Labrot replied on Mon, 2010/02/01 - 3:10am

The h264 firefox support will be a step forward

Roger Voss replied on Mon, 2010/02/01 - 10:14am

next will come the DZone links to blog post complaining about the inconsistency of HTML5 video implementation between browsers

JeffS replied on Mon, 2010/02/01 - 1:43pm

It would be a step backward.  h.264 is a very expensive ($5 million per year licensing fee to distributors, and in 2011, ensuing end user licensing), very proprietary format, and would be much worse than Flash.  If h.264 replaces Flash, or open formats (Ogg Theora) don't get a shot, delivering video content over the web will be the exclusive domain of the big boys - read Apple.

Apple doesn't give a rat's @ss about HTML5.  They're interested in making h.264 the engine behind the HTML5 video tag, so that only they and other big boys can afford it, and then corner online video content.

 Apple is trying to corner online content, and make it their exclusive proprietary domain, and be the gate keepers charging whatever they want.

So, Jobs calling Google's "don't be evil" mantra "bullshit", is hypocracy at it's most extreme. 

Of course, Google is pushing h.264.

 

As much as I don't really like Flash, I find it a much, much, much better alternative to Apple's (and Google's, actually) h.264 strategy.

 HTML5 is great, but only if it's powered by open codecs.

Bob Smith replied on Mon, 2010/02/01 - 7:40pm

Does Flash use Ogg Theora as a codec?  No, it doesn't.  Depending on the site, it uses either VP6/7 or H.264,  both of which are proprietary.   Google is trying to acquire the company behind VP6/7, and some speculate that they'll open source those codecs.

 HTML 5 + an open codec is 1,000 times better than Flash.

Jony Ford replied on Sat, 2010/02/06 - 11:06pm

Flash isn't free. You write your article complaining as though these are two products, neglecting to realize that Flash cost money. It will be years before HTML 5 is widespread, but why continue to get ripped off and pump thousands of dollars into Adobe when there is a free solution?

Super White Teeth

Rodolfo Ortega ... replied on Mon, 2010/08/09 - 10:32pm

In the beginning of Flash, people was happy with the dynamic content that it provided. Why should Flash die or why so much speculation? If it's not free, many things aren't also and you pay for them without complaint. It's free for end users, so what? That platform is very stable and has played an important role. Some have used it excessively but it's not Flash's fault. Google has pushed to make some things free and by the way hurt competitors but has madre free its advertisements? No, right, so should ads be free as all products google shows off being free? Why not? So, where would them get money from?

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