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IOS and Playbook support added to Adobe Flash Builder

Support already exists to allow developers to build apps for Android in Adobe Flash Builder version 4.5 back in April but now 4.5.1 has been released which allows the development for iOS devices, such as the iPad and iPhone, as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The result, app writers can quickly build and distribute apps through each of the relevant App Stores using “one tool, one framework, one code base”—a first for developers!

Developers can build applications for the desktop, web and mobile platforms and deploy them using Adobe AIR software. Adobe predicts that over 200 million mobile devices will support AIR applications by the end of 2011.

Adobe Flash Builder 4.5.1 can be downloaded as a stand-alone product or as part of the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium or Master Collections.

View a video of using Flash Builder from Adobe’s very own Serge Jespers where he shows what “one tool, one framework, one codebase” means, and demonstrates an app developed for different devices using Flash Builder and Flex from his own website here

The official Adobe blog post can be viewed here.

Recent Tech articles – 13th-22nd May 2011

Well so much for a quiet week…

Lets start off with a couple of articles I forgot in my last Tech News posting; Blogger went down for 48 hours and Facebook launching a smear campaign against Google. That links us nicely into this week when just after Facebook goes on about their information appearing in search results, they cuddle up to Microsoft to link their info within Bing.

RIM had a bad start to the week as they announced the recall of 900 PlayBooks.

After all the kerfuffle around Apples LocationGate, it was Androids turn for a kicking as an exploit was revealed in Google connection to Web services. A day later it was reported that the problem was resolved and no-one needed to update anything to get it working.

After writing previously haven written about the MACdefender Trojan and suggesting that it was one to catch the unwary, it would seem that people have been falling for it after all.

There has been rising tensions this week between IOS developers and Apple when a company has been issuing letters to individuals and small companies that have been using the Apple provided API for in-app upgrades or purchases.

Finally, a TED talk that has been causing a lot of discussion this week is worth a watch. It is about people becoming trapped in what has been termed as “filter bubbles”. Eli Parisier warns us that personalised search results might be restricting the breadth of the results we get back. Watch it here

Google fixes Android leak

Yesterday, I commented on a BBC article that suggested that up to 99% of android were at risk of someone gaining access to services like Google Calendar, Contacts and Picassa over public Wi-Fi networks.

Google has acknowledged the security flaw very promptly and fixes the problem at the web service end which means that no update needs to be rolled out to all Android phones.

In an official statement, Google said it is already rolling-out a fix for the security flaw, which could affect all Android users, except those already running Gingerbread (2.3.4).

“This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days.”

Read my previous post here
Read original BBC article here

Now it’s androids turn for a kicking

It was reported yesterday the BBC newsAndroid Icon reported that there are a lot of mobile Phones running the Android mobile operating system are potentially leaking data. Once again this puts mobile OS developers squarely in the limelight; it was only a matter of weeks ago that Apple was grilled over Locationgate. Like with the Apple location data issue this discovery was made by researchers looking into Android and how handles identification information.
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What happened at Google I/O 2011

Google I/O 2011 took place this week and there was a lot of news that came out from it… Day 1 centred mostly on Android and day 2 was all about the new Chromebooks.

As well as news for the consumer there was also tools and news for developers too. There were updates to Google TV and The introduction to Google Music. Going to have a bit of a moan at this point because it’s continuing a trend of services available to the US but not to us in good ole blighty…Much like Google voice.

And it wasn’t all consumer app news. Believe it or not, this developer conference also brought actual news for developers, too. We’ll wrap it all up for you right here:

Google Music Launched
The idea behind Google music as you would expect is to store your music in the cloud including iTunes libraries and playlists. This music will then be available in any connected device.

You can’t buy music through Google Music — not so far and right from the start there was opposition from the music labels… So, not off to the greatest of starts and is reminiscent to the release of Google TV

Talking of Google TV, it will be getting access to the full Android Market — as well as Honeycomb 3.1 — this summer. New apps might mean better PR for a product some say is in a slump.

Honeycomb 3.1 update

Already mentioned it above, The Android tablet OS got a much needed update. The Android 3.1 upgrades will start with Motorola Xoom customers now and will be coming to Google TV this summer. The OS is bringing new, expandable widgets as well as support for USB peripherals, including cameras, joysticks, etc.

The Newest Android OS: Ice Cream Sandwich

After Android got fragmented between mobile (2.x) and tablet (3.x), Android 4.0 will bring it back together again and will run more besides (more on that in a bit) and be called Ice Cream Sandwich.

Goodies for Developers

App Engine is coming out of preview as Version 1.5.0 and will bring Backend support and a fast-compiling runtime for Go, Google’s homebrewed programming language. The company also rolled out a Google Plugin for the Eclipse IDE With support for Python and Java.

Working with external devices: Android Open Accessory API and Android@Home

As an open platform, Android was always meant to go beyond the mobile phone. With an ever increasing number of Android devices on the market, hardware developers would like to work with any device from any manufacturer. To accommodate this An “Android open accessory API”, an Android platform support for hardware accessories, has been released to allow external USB hardware to interact with an Android-powered device in a special “accessory” mode.

Google also announced the all-new Android@Home framework, a set of protocols for controlling light switches, alarm clocks and other home appliances through any Android device.

Day 2: Chromebooks Are Coming

OK before I get on to the real news… An announcement… ANDRY BIRDS IS NOW AVAILABLE ON THE CHROME WEB STORE. Right, glad I got that off my chest… On with the news..

The main news of the day was that the Chrome OS and Chromebooks would be available in 15 countries including the UK as of June 15th. Chrome OS has had an update with an all new file manager and offline capabilities for mail, calendar and docs apps.

Samsung and Acer will be the first companies to manufacture the devices with a 12-inch device from Samsung and an 11-inch from Acer. Both use the familiar notebook format, with dual-core Intel processors and all-day battery life, along with Wi-Fi and 3G support. The Samsung device will retail at £349 for a Wi-Fi-only version, and £399 for a 3G version. Acer’s US pricing will start at $349 (£214) but has not yet announced its UK pricing.

As well as the ability to purchase the devices, a subscription model was announced with three year deals for Business and Education. Once again UK prices still to be announced But US deals were $28 per user per month for business and $20 for educational establishments (Google Apps subscriptions come separately). With the ability to hook into enterprise Citrix or VMware infrastructures the hassle of desktop management is reduced to practically nil.

Chrome and HTML5

There was also discussion on the future of the Chrome web browser and Google’s work on HTML 5. Demonstrations included new speech APIs and Google’s GPU-based hardware acceleration for CSS Transforms, Canvas 2D and WebGL.

It should noted that the day after Google I/O announced the use of WebGL a serious exploit was exposed where remote execution could force a blue screen on a Windows device and the recommendation was to disable WebGL execution for the time being on modern browsers.

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