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I still don’t particularly like the fact that Google decided to bundle Adobe Flash with their Chrome web browser about a year ago. Apple preference aside, the last thing I want is the buggy, often insecure, and performance killing plug-in shoved in my face . More importantly, I think it’s a maneuver that will only serve to slow the transition to HTML5. But Google has their reasons. And today, we see one of the good ones. Google has maintained since they started bundling Flash that it was mainly to ensure they could make it more secure for their Chrome users.
Adobe previewed some new streaming video capabilities of its Flash Media Server at the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show, including new compatibility with iOS devices like the iPad. Instead of getting Steve Jobs to relent on his " thoughts on Flash ," however, Adobe is instead adding HTTP Live Streaming support to Flash Media Server. HTTP Live Streaming is a protocol that Apple developed to stream live and recorded video using standard HTTP connections instead of the more difficult to optimize RTSP . It uses H.264-encoded video and AAC or MP3 audio packaged into discrete chunks of an MPEG-2 transport stream, along with a .m3u playlist to catalog the files that make up the individual chunks of the stream.
It’s been a sad twenty-four hours. This afternoon, I sat down with longtime technology journalist David Kirkpatrick — who wrote The Facebook Effect and founded the Techonomy conference — to talk about Steve Jobs. Kirkpatrick met with Jobs many times throughout his career, and he had some insightful anecdotes to share on how Jobs conducted himself both at NeXT and during Apple’s resurgence over the last decade. Steve Jobs was the co-founder and CEO of Apple and formerly Pixar. Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California to Joanne Simpson and a Syrian father.
I met Steve Jobs while I worked at Gizmodo. He was always a gentleman. Steve liked me and he liked Gizmodo.
Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday, surely ranks high among history’s 10 greatest innovators and producers of wealth. Born to a single mother and adopted in 1955, Jobs grew up to liberate the creative class. He freed artists, musicians, composers and writers from the oppression of technology that wasted energy on codes and technical maneuvers that are best left to machines. He co-invented the personal computer and began perfecting it with the Macintosh in 1984. In the 1996 PBS documentary “Triumph of the Nerds,” Jobs nicely explained Macintosh and everything else his company, Apple, Inc., produced: “Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.” They weren’t the best computer scientists due to computer proficiency.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is no stranger to superlatives. Every product Apple makes is "insanely great," "amazing," or even "magical." So when he unveiled the latest MacBook Air models , declaring them to be the "future of notebooks," it was easy to dismiss his claims as nothing more than the usual Apple marketing. After spending some quality time with an 11" MacBook Air, however, it's hard not to hope he's right.