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More than a year passed since Adobe decided to stop supporting Flex framework and gave it away to Apache Foundation. This writeup is based on the conversation I had with my colleague Anatole Tartakovsky in January of 2013. In this conversation I’ve been representing the HTML5 community while Anatole fought for Flex framework. I’m trying to find arguments against using FLex framework even though I believe that it remains the best and the most production way for developing Web applications. I’ll be just playing devil’s advocate here. Anatole also believes that Flex is the best framework available today, but in our company we often argue about the tools to use for various projects. We hope that Web developers find this conversation useful and thought provoking. Yakov. If you read this blog, most likely you know about our company, Farata Systems. Our engineers work on ... (more)

Dolphin Announces Open API With Over 50 Add-ons Including Dropbox and Wikipedia

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/28/12 -- GOOGLE I/O -- Dolphin Browser, the most popular third-party browser on Android and iOS and only Gesture and Voice enabled browser, today announced the launch of Dolphin Garage, which opens the Dolphin Browser API to allow for third-party development. Dolphin also announced four new Add-ons from Dropbox, Pocket, Evernote and Wikipedia that show off Dolphin Garage's powerful capabilities. In addition, Dolphin Garage also supports Web apps based on Adobe's PhoneGap, which enable faster HTML5 Web app deployment. Dolphin Garage gives developers access to more than 150 Dolphin internal APIs including various browser user interface interactions, while also providing a runtime sandbox environment to allow developers to create their own experiences within Dolphin Browser. Powered by Dolphin Garage, users can now seamlessly exp... (more)

India Media and Entertainment Industry 2013

NEW YORK, Dec. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: India Media and Entertainment Industry 2013 http://www.reportlinker.com/p01593381/India-Media-and-Entertainment-Industry-2013.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Leisure This is the most in-depth report on the Indian Media and Entertainment Industry currently available prepared by a combination of International and Indian researchers who know the market inside and out. If you're a media owner looking to enter the Indian market or need to keep abreast of key changes and developments, this is the report you need to keep you up-to-date in this fast moving, rapidly growing market. This Report dives the Indian macro economy, and provides a thorough overview of the media landscape in India. The report outlines who the important ... (more)

Google's Android Threatens To Fork Java

Looks like Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz should have waited for his boys to give Google's Android spec the once over before endorsing the thing last week expecting Java to get a "massive endorsement" out of it. Oh, Java gets a "massive endorsement" all right; it's just not standard off-the-shelf Java. Android calls for a special Google Java that now has Sun folk nibbling their fingernails and worrying out loud to the press about "write once, run anywhere" Java ME/MIDP fragmenting. Sun EVP, software Rich Green at a webcast press conference at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco described Sun as "reaching out" to Google to avoid fracturing Java in the name of the "best interests of the developer." The sweet irony is that this greatest threat to Java since Microsoft should come from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the guy who originally led Java development at Sun and signed the con... (more)

Artificial Life Supports Google's Android Mobile Platform

Hong Kong-based Artificial Life, Inc announced their plans to develop new and innovatively designed games and applications for Google's free and open source mobile platform, Android. The company anticipates that this emerging platform will soon attract handset manufacturers because of the lower costs for the operating system and expects Android to be successful especially in China due to its Linux base. The company has already deployed its applications and games across various mobile technology platforms including J2ME, BREW and DoJa, and sees the new mobile platform as a natural extension of its business strategy to reach as many mobile devices as possible. The company also expects that development on the Android platform will produce compelling new mobile applications with a tight integration to online Internet functions as a result of the rich application program... (more)

A Hobbled Sun Limps to the RIA Starting Gate

It's a wonder it has the entry fee, but Sun Thursday showed up for the RIA race against Adobe's Flex, Flash, and AIR and Microsoft's Silverlight - and for that matter the open source AJAX - riding JavaFX 1.0. According to Sun it's one of the most significant advances ever to come out of its stable. Once called JavaFX Desktop 1.0, it was at least two years in the making. The widgetry is free so there's no immediate hope that it will relieve Sun's perilous revenue crisis, which has lately demanded the sacrifice of almost 20% of its staff, around 6,000 people. In fact, some folks are surprised the FX effort has so far survived the headman's axe. It's well behind Adobe, which is well down the rich Internet application (RIA) track, and Microsoft, the contender. And different parts of the FX software, once supposed to be integral to one another, have now been shunted into... (more)

Adobe Announces New Digital Publishing Suite

Adobe on Monday announced the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, providing publishers a set of turnkey hosted services and viewer technology to create, publish, optimize and sell digital content direct to consumers, through content retailers or leading mobile marketplaces. Built on the foundation of Adobe Creative Suite® and Adobe InDesign® CS5 software, the Digital Publishing Suite enables the design and delivery of innovative publisher-branded reading experiences, paired with flexible commerce models and support for deep analytics reporting. Using InDesign CS5, PDF, HTML5 and the Digital Publishing Suite, publishers will be able to efficiently author both fixed and adaptive layouts, natively build new levels of interactivity directly in InDesign, distribute and monetize their digital editions, and optimize their editorial and advertising content for a complete end-t... (more)

Adobe Extends AIR Applications Across Screens

Adobe on Monday announced Adobe AIR 2.5 software for televisions, tablets, smartphones and desktop operating systems. A key element of the Adobe Flash® Platform, AIR enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver standalone applications across devices and platforms. Adobe AIR now supports smartphones and tablets based on BlackBerry® Tablet OS, Android™, iOS, and desktops including Windows®, Macintosh and Linux® operating systems. In addition, Samsung will be the first television manufacturer to integrate support for Adobe AIR 2.5 in Samsung SmartTVs while Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are expected to ship the runtime pre-installed on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones later this year and early 2011. With Adobe AIR, developers are able to use familiar tools including Adobe Flash® Professional CS5, Adobe Flash Bu... (more)

What’s in Your Smartphone?

Typical smartphone owners have an average of 41 apps per device, 9 more than they had last year according to the recent Nielsen report, State of the Appnation – A Year of Change and Growth in U.S. Smartphones.  Also last year, less than 40% of mobile subscribers in the U.S. had smartphones and this year, it’s at 50% and growing.  Android and iOS users fuel the smartphone app drive with 88% downloading an app within the last month.  They also found that as people download more apps, they are also spending more time with them (10% more), rather than using their mobile Web browsers for such activities.  The Top Five Apps are Facebook, YouTube, Android Market, Google Search, and Gmail, no change from last year. More and more of our info is being saved on and collected by these smartphones and privacy is a big worry.  Last year 70% and this year 73% expressed concern ov... (more)

Telerik Releases Robust Mobile Development Platform for .NET Developers

Telerik, an end-to-end provider of development tools and solutions for building cross-platform and mobile applications, has announced the latest evolution of Telerik DevCraft, a toolset for professional .NET developers. With this release, Telerik sets the standard for .NET mobile application development with advancements in touch-friendly controls, data synchronization and cloud mobile back-end services. The company also outpaces the competition with key feature enhancements to its already robust Windows 8 and Windows Phone controls. According to recent research by analyst firm Canalys, Microsoft’s market share for mobile adoption is forecasted to grow from 2.4 percent in 2012 to 12.7 percent in 2017. As the first and only vendor to offer the richest toolset for both XAML and HTML, built from the ground up, Telerik is breaking new ground by providing .NET and HTML5... (more)

Deep Insights Into The Future of #Hadoop By @Cutting of @Cloudera

By Bob Gourley Cloudera’s Doug Cutting delivered a presentation at Hadoop World that outlined key forces driving the data world forward which shed some important insights on where enterprise technology is going. This presentation is summarized and embedded below: Doug starts with a review of his models for predicting the future and this is important, since every model has strengths and weaknesses. His model for predicting the future of data is to take a linear approach. We know what has happened in the past and can know what is happening now so can make linear predictions on the near term future.   For example, with hardware the past has always been that hardware gets cheaper and transistor counts go up so this cheaper hardware gets more powerful. This power and drop in price applies not just to processors but storage. The prediction this leads us to is a simpl... (more)