All Aboard… the Highspeed HTML5 Train is Leaving


Thanks to the inception of iPad with its anti Flash slogan, the HTML5 integration in certainly on a roll . First is was Virgin, then CBS, then Youtube, and now AOL all going HTML5.  Are these the  signs that Flash might fade away in a few years?

A few weeks ago, youtube unveiled their new version of its  mobile website (m.youtube.com) compatible with any HTML5 mobile web browser, including the iPhone’s and Android’s. Result: Playing their videos is now much faster with a much better quality. Read more of this post

Droid X vs. iPhone 4

Those of you in the same shoes as me trying to make a decision between Droid and iPhone 4, here is a comparison chart (courtesy of Mashable). Although, it’s not a complete chart, but a decent one comparing the two.

Perfect timing as I am just about to make a switch from G1 to either iPhone or Droid. The physical keyboard and screen size are the most important things for me.

It looks like both  Droid and  iPhone have many desirable features and some issues too, but my concern would be switching from T-mobile, to either Verizon (Droid)  or At&t (iPhone). I think Verizon is as good as T-mobile, but not sure about At&t. Read more of this post

Apple and their hard on for killing Flash


by Elias Shams
As Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight duke it out over their plugin-based, HTML-alternative web platforms, Apple is developing an alternative to Adobe’s Flash, called Gianduia which it banned developers from using on its iPhone and iPad products According to Apple Insider.

From what I remember, Apple actually introduced Gianduia last summer at WOWODC (World of WebObjects Developer Conference), an independent event scheduled near the company’s own WWDC event in June. Gianduia, named after an Italian hazelnut chocolate, is “essentially is browser-side Cocoa (including CoreData) + WebObjects, written in JavaScript by non-js-haters,” according to a tweet by developer Jonathan “Wolf” Rentzsch. Read more of this post

Desktops Gone With The Cloud – Think Smartphone


by Elias Shams
On my way back to DC from NYC  yesterday, I read an interesting article about one of Google’s vice-president, John Herlihy and his view of desktops vs smartphones.  He is predicting the desktops will be irrelevant in three years time and the Smartphones will take over. Well, given they are not in PC business, and having aggressively exercised their push for the Android Operating System and Nexus One, no surprise there for his prediction.  Frankly, this was expected. In fact, I covered such prediction a few times on my blog. I guess we should thank Apple, Google, and RIM for the launch of their iPhone, Android, Nexus One, BlackBerry, and now iPad which has significantly contributed the path to such direction.

The rise of Cloud Computing in conjunction with widget-style applications developed for the mobile phone platform have contributed to faster adaptation of doing many tasks via our smartphones.  I also think the testosterone war between Apple and Adobe over HTML5 vs Adobe’s Flash that began since the launch of iPad last month will be a factor in such transformation. Read more…

Apple Breaks Virgin America’s Virginity


by Elias Shams
Indeed, Apple is gearing up to revolutionize the web by getting everyone to ditch Adobe Flash. Virgin America can now proudly claim Apple broke their virginity  :-)

The airline decided HTML is “good enough” for animating online content on their brand-new website, which went live Monday, dumping Flash. Given there are about 250 m websites in cyberspace with 98% of them on Flash, Apple has 245 million virgins to go after. Hope they have a big supply of Viagra.

The moment I read the News, this was the first thing came in my mind. Not sure why :-)

The airline plans a big push into mobile space this year and wants to be sure iPhone users can access the Virgin America site and check-in process via the iPhone. The company anticipates moving their new site to HTML5, once it’s cleared standards ratification at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Read more…

Apple The Greek VS Adobe The Trojan


by Elias Shams
Referring to one of my last post about Steve Jobs using iPad as his Trojan Horse, I am slowly beginning to believe that indeed he launched the iPad to revolutionize the Web by killing the Flash with HTML5 using the iPad as his Trojan Horse:

According to the recent poll conducted by Mashable, HTML5 handily knocked out Adobe Flash. With 3,891 votes, HTML5 garnered 61% of the polls. Adobe Flash was able to muster 1,779 votes (28%), while 660 said it was a tie (10%). Read more…

Is iPad Apple’s Trojan Horse?


by Elias Shams
Blogging this post from Heathrow Airport, London as waiting for my flight to head back to my Awesome Washington, DC.

Referring to one of my earlier posts, most likely,  iPad will be like your hot partner you won’t be able to shag. I was just reading this new article in one of my favorite coffee shop at Heathrow about iPad battery life time down to 1.5 hours from 10 hours if using Flash. Why didn’t Apple disclose such critical information before the launch of  iPad last month? Does Steve Jobs have a dark side? It’s hard to believe a guy like him had no previous knowledge of getting Flash to work on iPad would significantly reduce iPad’s battery life.

I am not really a Microsoft fan, but, funny how Apple busted Microsoft’s balls for telling people to update their PCs with the release of Vista. It sounds like Apple is becoming the new Microsoft, Microsoft has already become the old IBM. And, of course, IBM is still IBM. Perhaps, lack of support for Flash in iPad was just Apple’s  Trojan horse strategy hoping to achieve one the following:

a) Either, to get the entire market to dump Adobe’s Flash for  HTML5, a new version of the programming language that will enable websites to stream video and display rich graphics without Flash.

b)
Or, to get people continue buying from iTunes.  If  iPad had Flash, people would listen to music, watch TV, play games not created or sold by Apple. It sucks, but he’s not going to risk losing all of that revenue. Read more…

iPad is like a very Hot Girl or Boyfriend you can’t have Sex With


by Elias Shams
Not yet!

If you are about to dump your Amazon’s Kindle for iPad, you may want to wait for a while – particularly if you are a non-AT&T customer. There are still three major obstacles about iPad to be resolved – wireless technology, wireless pricing, and of course the video functionality. Regardless, how pretty the iPad is, what are you going to do with it without these three? It’s like you are dating the hottest babe or honk in town, but you can’t even touch. Correction: you can touch, but can’t do anything. You know…

No doubt iPad has  more goodies over Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble e-reader – from supporting apps, much nicer screen, the look, to its crazy battery life and etc. Literally, every site and blog I know of, they jumped on iPad and promoted it – iPad this, iPad that, iPad the killer, Gazillion reasons iPad will kill Kindle, etc. Frankly, they might end up to be right, but I think it is too early to jump to such conclusion. Read more…

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