June 20, 2011
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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.
May 22, 2011
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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
May 15, 2011
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Long anticipated by Tech heads and Blackberry fans and one of the hopeful iPad killers, the RIM Playbook didn’t get off to the greatest of starts with sluggish sales, the lack of an email client and very few available Apps. Now it has been dogged with a problem with a number of machines that caused a call for a recall.
Some Playbooks had an incorrect install of the system which prevented them from accepting the terms and conditions for software installation that prevented any software downloads onto the machine and therefore could not even submit it as a system patch. 900 machines we’re identified which had been shipped to Staples stores in the States.
Most machines had still not been purchased and were sitting on shelves and could be recalled easily. Other owners were encouraged to return to stores where 30 minutes later they could leave with a fully working device.
Whilst not a total disaster for RIM, I am sure they could have done without it… now guys go out and get some developers to write some core apps before it’s too late.