6 Reasons Why Steve Jobs Hate Flash

Apple on their official website gave 6 reasons why they don’t allow Adobe Flash on iPhone, iPad and iPod. Apple said that both the companies had worked together in the past but now the distance has increased between the two.

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Here is the entire quote given by Steve Jobs regarding Flash.

First, there’s Open.

Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.

Apple has many proprietary products too. Though the operating system for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is proprietary, we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member.

Apple even creates open standards for the web. For example, Apple began with a small open source project and created WebKit, a complete open-source HTML5 rendering engine that is the heart of the Safari web browser used in all our products. WebKit has been widely adopted. Google uses it for Android’s browser, Palm uses it, Nokia uses it, and RIM (Blackberry) has announced they will use it too. Almost every smartphone web browser other than Microsoft’s uses WebKit. By making its WebKit technology open, Apple has set the standard for mobile web browsers.

Second, there’s the full web.

Adobe has repeatedly said that Apple mobile devices cannot access the full webbecause 75% of video on the web is in Flash. What they don’t say is that almost all this video is also available in a more modern format, H.264, and viewable on iPhones, iPods and iPads. YouTube, with an estimated 40% of the web’s video, shines in an app bundled on all Apple mobile devices, with the iPad offering perhaps the best YouTube discovery and viewing experience ever. Add to this video from Vimeo, Netflix, Facebook, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ESPN, NPR, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, People, National Geographic, and many, many others. iPhone, iPod and iPad users aren’t missing much video.

Another Adobe claim is that Apple devices cannot play Flash games. This is true. Fortunately, there are over 50,000 games and entertainment titles on the App Store, and many of them are free. There are more games and entertainment titles available for iPhone, iPod and iPad than for any other platform in the world.

Third, there’s reliability, security and performance.

Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.

In addition, Flash has not performed well on mobile devices. We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it. Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath. Who knows how it will perform?

Fourth, there’s battery life.

To achieve long battery life when playing video, mobile devices must decode the video in hardware; decoding it in software uses too much power. Many of the chips used in modern mobile devices contain a decoder called H.264 an industry standard that is used in every Blu-ray DVD player and has been adopted by Apple, Google (YouTube), Vimeo, Netflix and many other companies.

Although Flash has recently added support for H.264, the video on almost all Flash websites currently requires an older generation decoder that is not implemented in mobile chips and must be run in software. The difference is striking: on an iPhone, for example, H.264 videos play for up to 10 hours, while videos decoded in software play for less than 5 hours before the battery is fully drained.

When websites re-encode their videos using H.264, they can offer them without using Flash at all. They play perfectly in browsers like Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome without any plugins whatsoever, and look great on iPhones, iPods and iPads.

Fifth, there’s Touch.

Flash was designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers. For example, many Flash websites rely on rollovers, which pop up menus or other elements when the mouse arrow hovers over a specific spot. Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch interface doesn’t use a mouse, and there is no concept of a rollover. Most Flash websites will need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices. If developers need to rewrite their Flash websites, why not use modern technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript?

Even if iPhones, iPods and iPads ran Flash, it would not solve the problem that most Flash websites need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices.

Sixth, the most important reason.

Besides the fact that Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support touch based devices, there is an even more important reason we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. We have discussed the downsides of using Flash to play video and interactive content from websites, but Adobe also wants developers to adopt Flash to create apps that run on our mobile devices.

We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform. If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.

This becomes even worse if the third party is supplying a cross platform development tool. The third party may not adopt enhancements from one platform unless they are available on all of their supported platforms. Hence developers only have access to the lowest common denominator set of features. Again, we cannot accept an outcome where developers are blocked from using our innovations and enhancements because they are not available on our competitor’s platforms.

Flash is a cross platform development tool. It is not Adobe’s goal to help developers write the best iPhone, iPod and iPad apps. It is their goal to help developers write cross platform apps. And Adobe has been painfully slow to adopt enhancements to Apple’s platforms. For example, although Mac OS X has been shipping for almost 10 years now, Adobe just adopted it fully (Cocoa) two weeks ago when they shipped CS5. Adobe was the last major third party developer to fully adopt Mac OS X.

Our motivation is simple we want to provide the most advanced and innovative platform to our developers, and we want them to stand directly on the shoulders of this platform and create the best apps the world has ever seen. We want to continually enhance the platform so developers can create even more amazing, powerful, fun and useful applications. Everyone wins we sell more devices because we have the best apps, developers reach a wider and wider audience and customer base, and users are continually delighted by the best and broadest selection of apps on any platform.


Flash was created during the PC era for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 200,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Steve Jobs
April, 2010


LG Cookie Fresh Launched In UK

LG Electronics today launched the new LG Cookie Fresh GS290 in the UK. This handset comes with a sleeker design, upgraded features and includes some of the elements from the original Cookie. This device features a 3 inch touchscreen display, Cartoon UI with Live Square, 2 megapixel camera and much more.

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The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 reflects our efforts to bring creativity and fun to the mobile touch-phone experience. Over 13 million units of the original LG Cookie have been sold worldwide and by extending the Cookie range we’re continuing to provide affordable full touchscreen phones to consumers. The LG Cookie Fresh GS290 builds on the original Cookie device with even more fun features and personalisation options,said Paul Trueman, marketing director UK & Ireland for LG Electronics.

This handset comes with a 3 inch TFT resistive touchscreen display with 240 x 400 pixels resolution, 3.5 mm audio jack, 16 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, 2 megapixel camera, Social network integration, 900 mAh battery, etc.

Animated interface of this device offers a touch of fresh originality by the phone’s 18 colorful themes. This handset is available in 4 different colors – Silver, Orange/white, Purple/white, Blue/light silver. This handset will be available for purchase via Vodafone, Virgin, Tesco and Phones4u. The price of this phone has not been announced yet.

Samsung Launches Corby Spring Collection

Earlier this month, Samsung released new colors for its Samsung Corby phone in South Korea. It has been tagged as “Samsung Corby Spring Collection”. The new colors include Lilac Blue, Violet Purple, Freesia Yellow, Peppermint Green and Rosebay Pink.

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Samsung Corby is currently available in 10 different colors in South Korea. More than 500,000 units of Samsung Corby has already been sold in South Korea and they are expecting to sell more units, thanks to the new Spring Collection.

There are no changes in the specs of this device. It has the same 2 megapixel camera, full touchscreen display, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, 8GB expandable memory, music player and much more. The Spring Collection of Samsung Corby is not expected to be released in other countries.

Amazon Kindle To Get Social Networking Integration

It seems that the social networking bug has bitten the Amazon Kindle eBook reader as well. TheAmazon Kindle Amazon Kindle will soon be getting a firmware update which will integrate social networking into the device. The firmware update is compatible with both the Kindle and the Kindle DX. The Kindle and the Kindle DX from Amazon, are one of the most successful digital eBook readers in the market. The new firmware update is numbered 2.5.

Other notable improvements of the upcoming firmware update includes the ability to zoom and pan within PDF files, two new larger font sizes and password protection for your Kindle. Users can now also organize their books and documents into one or more collection(s). The social networking integration will allow users to share book passages with their friends on Twitter and Facebook.

Amazon said that they will be rolling out the new software update for a limited group of users for now. The firmware update will be released for the general mass in late May, 2010.

Opera 10.53 Released – Fixes Highly Critical Security Vulnerability

Opera-10.53-UNIX-Beta-RC Opera software has pushed through another update to its desktop browser. Opera 10.53 is expected to be officially released tomorrow and is a recommended security and stability update.

Opera 10.53 fixes a possibly highly critical vulnerability, which was pointed out by Secunia. This vulnerability affects Opera 10.52 for Windows and may be used by hackers to execute malicious code. This release also fixes a few other issues including freeze-ups on Google Maps. It is not clear as to what has changed in Opera 10.53 for Mac.

In related news, Opera has also released a Beta Release Candidate i.e. a build that is almost as good as Beta, for UNIX. Although this build has some known issues including lack of support for Java and font issues with certain TrueType fonts, it is generally considered good enough for everyday use. Download it if you love to test new products, but don’t use it as your only browser.

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Airtel Launches New Tariff Voucher In Kolkata

Airtel is now offering an special recharge voucher in Kolkata circle for discounted calling to Airtel numbers. The new special tariff voucher offers night calling at flat 50% discount. All the calls to Airtel number will be charged at 25 paisa at night and 50 paisa in day. All calls to other local mobiles/landlines and STD numbers will be charged at 50 paisa throughout the day.

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Plan Details:

Price: Rs.12
Validity: 30 days
Circle: Kolkata
Benefits: Local calls to Airtel number at 25 paisa between 11pm to 6 am and 50 paisa between 6am to 11pm. Other local and STD calls at 50 paisa.

The price of this special recharge is only Rs.12 and it comes with 30 days validity. Night calling is calculated between 11pm to 6am and day calling is calculated between 6am to 11pm. This special tariff voucher is currently available only in Kolkata circle. If you have any queries, please let us know in the comments.

View Google Maps Offline with GmapCatcher

Google maps is one of the best options, when you need to find directions, addresses and location routes. You can access Google maps from any part of the world, as long as you have access to an active Internet connection.

But what if you want to access Google maps offline? What if you want to save some important locations in Google maps and want to view them when you do not have Internet access?

Enter GmapCatcher – a free utility which lets you download Google Maps in your computer for offline viewing. The application also supports Yahoo Maps, OpenStreetMap, Cloudmade, InformationFreeway, OpenCycleMap, Virtual Earth etc.

To get started with GmapCatcher, install the application and run it. Type the name of the city which you want to find in Google Maps and the program will ask permission for going in to the “Online” mode.

Click “Yes” and the map of that location will be fetched inside the GmapCatcher application window:

Next, click the download button and GmapCatcher will start downloading the map in your computer. The latitude, longitude, area and zoom settings will be saved along with the image of the map.

Once the download is complete, you can view the map in Gmapcatcher without requiring an internet connection. Start the program and click the arrow icon to know which locations are saved in your computer.

Techie Buzz Verdict

GmapCatcher is one of the best offline maps viewer and it supports multiple mapping sites. GMapCatcher is written in Python 2.6, can run on Linux, Windows and Mac OSX.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Exvellent)

Nokia C5 Gets Reviewed By Phone Arena

Last month, Nokia launched C5, the first device in the C Series range. This handset runs on Symbian S60v3 operating system. This handset comes with 2.2 inch display, 3.15 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm audio jack, 16 GB expandable memory, Sterio FM, Ovi Maps navigation and much more.

Other features include a contact bar on the homescreen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPRS/EDGE, USB, 3G Connectivity and so on. It has a built-in Nokia messaging and social networking features. Nokia C5 is available in two colors White and Warm Grey.

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“The Nokia C5 is exceptionally well-made, comfortable and snappy device. The in-call and audio playback quality is decent, the handset supports Nokia Messaging, the camera will do and the A-GPS coupled with free navigation is welcome indeed. Our only gripe relates to the mediocre display and lack of Wi-Fi.”

Head over to this post, to read the complete review of Nokia C5 by Phone Arena.

Google’s Andy Rubin Promises Full Flash Support on Android 2.2

Android 2.2 (Froyo) is looking to get not one but many new key features. Few days ago, we reported that automatic updates for application will be possible on Android 2.2. Now, Andy Rubin, vice president for engineering at Google, who also leads the team behind therubin-android development of Android, promised Full Flash support on Android 2.2. This is the first official confirmation for the Full Flash support on Android 2.2.

He also said that, he believes Android phone sales will overtake Apple’s and R.I.M.’s sales.

It’s a numbers game. When you have multiple O.E.M.’s building multiple products in multiple product categories, it’s just a matter of time before sales of Android phones exceed the sales of   proprietary systems like Apple’s and R.I.M.’s, he said.

When he was asked when will Android overtake, he said,

I don’t know when it might be, but I’m confident it will happen. Open usually wins.


Nokia N8 Hands-On Pics

Earlier this week, Nokia launched the powerful Nokia N8 smartphone. This handset comes with an amazing 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash. Nokia N8 is the first device in the world to sport the all new Symbian^3 operating system. Nokia N8 is also the cheapest handset from Nokia that has a 12 megapixel camera.

The guys at My Nokia Blog shared some hands-on pics of this device. Check out those amazing pics below.

Nokia N8 Hands-On Pics:

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