With all of the Apple vs. Adobe insanity it’s time to look at what Apple would probably hate most about Adobe: bringing Flash to Android. And today Flash-based CTO Kevin Lynch said in a post, “We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June.” Ta-da! It’s going to be quite a show, and with all of the Android 2.2 Flash included-by-default stuff blurted out by Andy Rubin, there probably will be some extra Froyo surprises included in the new OS as well.
The Wi-Fi + 3G iPad is now available, starting at $629, $729, and $829 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models respectively. You can grab a prepaid, no contract data plan with AT&T for $14.99 with 250MB of data or $29.99 for an unlimited plan (and I mean really unlimited). Apple Stores will begin stocking them at 5PM, so you can still take part in the chaos.
Microsoft. Has. Killed. The. Courier. It’s a dead and done project, never to come out in stores, or into consumer hands, ever. At least that’s what sources close to Microsoft told Gizmodo. What actually happened is pretty simple, actually. The Courier team got a heads-up form Microsoft saying “get off your PCs, Courier is dead dudes.” Okay, so maybe they didn’t say that exactly, but practically, that’s what they said, and that means Courier is dead. This also could’ve been “there’s not only the iPad you know!” ploy by Microsoft, to keep everyone on their toes. It happens with cars, it can happen with mobile products too. Oh well, so long Courier.
The day has finally come for Skyfire 2.0 to launch on Android phones running 1.5, 1.6, 2.0, or 2.1 firmwares (multitouch only works in 2.0+ handsets). First off, remember when you couldn’t play Flash video? Yeah right! Huzzah, with the new “SkyBar” that sits on the bottom of the screen, you’ll get to view Flash video converted into easy-to-digest formats like HTML5. Since all of this is done in the cloud, your battery won’t fizz out and your data connection won’t cry for help either. Other new features include “Explore” which lets you find more content on what you’re viewing, and a sharing feature for social networks. So in the meantime, check out the Skyfire action vid after the cut, and download it for free on the Android Market.
So now that the Droid Incredible is available, why would you fork over $200 when you could fork over only a 100 bucks? It’s only common Sense (yes, I get it, that’s a pun) to get it off Amazon. So what are you waiting for now, people?
In a new 1500-word letter published by Steve Jobs, CEO of everything branded with the letter “i”, essentially what he’s saying is that Flash sucks like Blakcberry OS 5. Here’s a little quote from his not-so-little letter:
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.
Today’s April 29th, and that means the best Droid out there, the Incredible is now officially for sale on Big Red for $199.99 on a two-year contract. For those of you interested in a month-to-month plan, you’ll pony up $529.99 for the handset. With that 8 megapixel camera, Android 2.1 with Sense, 3.7 WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, and 1GHz Snapdragon, I have a pretty good feeling this is the Droid you were looking for. But while you’re at it, check out the poll we’ve come up with:
After going in cruise control while looking at possible ways to do certain things (like brainstorming) I came across just what I was looking for: the new YouTube player. Complete with fancy opacity and animation effects, this is the YouTube player update probably rolled out to the select few on the already redesigned interface of the site (I’ve confirmed it doesn’t work with featured videos or some episodes of Top Gear). Gradients are added to the play/stop and volume buttons, where in order to change the volume setting a red bar appears via a very smooth animation. Remember I’m not talking about the new site, but the player itself that’s changed. Check out the screengrabs after the jump to live through the new awesome player Google has been tinkering with.
The iPad only recently went on sale — mind you — 25 days ago only in the U.S. The 3G version is not even out yet and worldwide availability is not from official Apple sales, as vendors in China are packing up iPads in luggage to sell locally. But already, for a site like LaptopMemo, traffic sourcing from the iPad is on the rise. Mind you — again — that for one thing LaptopMemo isn’t a top-tier site on Technorati (but it will be #1, and I can’t wait!) and that any log data originating from Google could be iffy at times, it’s the best the whole Internets have got, and it’s our choice because we think it’s accurate. But anywaaaays onto the numbers:
This screenshot wasn’t from a real iPad. But it uses its full rendering engine! Huzzah!
After much hoping and expectation along with rumors, HP has bought Palm Inc. for the sound price of $1.2 billion, or in other words, $5.70 per share of common stock. The purchase was approved by both Palm and HP boards, but is still subject to a regulatory approval, which should end on HP’s 3rd quarter which is July 31, 2010. John Rubinstein will be staying at Palm, but for an unknown-as-of-yet position. According to the press release at the rest of this article, webOS has a bright future ahead of it, and we say “yes”.