HD video (720p) on a netbook? With NVIDIA & Flash Player you can!

If you’ve toyed around with netbooks, you know that they are not the fastest machines you can get these days. Playing HD video is out of the question… or… WAS out of the question. Today German site Notebook Journal posted a video showing a demo of a netbook running a new NVIDIA (partner in the [...]

Caught on video: Intel set-top box running Flash Lite

At Intel’s Developer Forum Engadget recorded a demo of an Intel (an Open Screen Project partner) based set-top box running a Flash based user interface and Flash based applications. The heart of this set-top box is Intel’s CE 3100 Media Processor which according to Engadget “combines an 800MHz Pentium M core with a proprietary video processing [...]

"Tomorrow Will Be Televised" podcast on blogtalkradio.com

On Monday, August 17 at noon PT, I will be a guest on “Tomorrow Will Be Televised,” and encourage you to tune in. The show will be an interesting one, focused on the interactive TV movement, and Cisco’s director of product marketing for its Service Provider Video Technology Group (SPVTG), JT Taylor, will be interviewed alongside me. The progress we are making with the Open Screen Project will be a major focus of the discussion, as Cisco is a participant of the Open Screen Project.

Following our 30 minute interview, live questions will be opened up to the audience, so feel free to call in via the number provided on the show. You can listen to the interview live on Monday at noon at www.blogtalkradio.com, but you’ll need to register for the site first by clicking register. If you miss it, you can download or play the interview beginning at 2pm at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simonapple04. Hope you can join us and submit questions.

FITC Mobile – Toronto (with Sneaks ;-)

This September I’m going to travel to Toronto to present at the FITC conference.  It’s set to be an exciting show with all of the major mobile platforms being supported including Android, Palm, Windows Mobile, Flash Lite, Blackberry, OpenGL ES and of course iPhone development.  There’s even going to be a session on SMS Applications, something that is probably a lot more interesting that you’d think!

Flash Sessions

  • Martin Barclay & Robert Burdick from Nokia: Develop and Distribute for Nokia smartphones
  • Scott Janousek: Practical Design and Development with Flash on Mobile Devices
  • Scott Janousek: Leveraging Accelerometers on Mobile Devices
  • Thomas Joos: Tips and Tricks for Flash Lite Optimization
  • Weyert de Boer: Android for Flash Developers
  • Mark Doherty: Flash Lite Distribution and the Open Screen Fund

So as you can see there are going to be a number of presentations on Flash topics.  In my session I’m going to probably break the rules and just sit and have a chat with everyone.  Distribution is a complex topic and one where many misunderstand where money is made.

On top of that I’ll also be showing off sneak peaks, so if you’re in the Toronto area and not coming to Adobe MAX then I suggest you start booking ;-)

Prices are very low at $209 and $89 for students.

Open Screen Project Fund: Over 20 apps funded already!

We are excited about the progress we are making along with Nokia with the Open Screen Project Fund (OSP Fund). The Fund as you may know is a 2 year long, $10M market development channel to fuel development of a wide variety of multi screen applications using Adobe Flash.

Since the Fund launched in February, Adobe and Nokia have funded over 20 projects that make an interesting mix of multi screen apps and some really cool mobile apps.

Some of the apps we’ve funded are:
1. LiveTalkBack: This is a real-time audience voting system to collect feedback from mobile devices, web based widgets and the desktop – all using the Flash Platform. The application is soon going to be tested at large Media and Broadcast conferences in Europe and North America and we are excited about the progress the developer is making.
2. uvLayer: Think of this as a minority report-“ish” interface to manage all your favorite online media and share it with friends and contacts across different IM and social networks. Unknown Vector, the company behind uvLayer, had already built the AIR based desktop version of their web based service (www.uvlayer.com). The OSP Fund came in to fund the mobile version of the product to extend the experience to devices on the go.
3. GolfBox: This is a mobile app that allows golfers to book tee times, invite friends to play, read golf related news. It is being built by a team from Little Big Ideas, an interactive agency out of Denmark that has done many pioneering mobile projects in the past with Flash.
4. Mileblaster.com: A great utility application for frequent travelers that tracks frequent flyer miles and award goals, finds mile offers, and sends alerts when miles are about to expire. From the get go this application was built as a Flash widget for the web and has been funded to complete production of not just the web version but also a mobile and desktop version of the very same experience. This will allow users of the service to stay on top of their miles and awards from any Flash supporting device.

These are just some of the apps and information about them and others in now available here. We continue to seek more such interesting utility and media based experiences and are also specifically on the lookout for multi-device games built in Flash. There are already thousands of awesome Flash based online games. We are looking to developers to extend those experiences to more devices to let gamers take game play with them no matter where they go.

If you would like to apply for funding or simply learn more about the OSP Fund I would encourage you to Click here.

Open at Adobe

What is “open”? It’s a question I’ve been asking for quite a while now and I can’t seem to find a definitive answer.
Dave McAllister (Adobe’s Open Standards Evangelist) actually sums it up nicely: “Open is the currently most misused word in the IT space,” he says. “Open really comes down and says it’s accessible, extensible [...]

Why I love the Flash Platform…

Before we start and just so we get this out of the way… For 2 years now, Adobe pays my paycheck. That said, I “saw the light” of Flash more than 13 years ago. Because of my long history with Flash, I feel I can say that this is an unbiased post.
Everywhere
First of all, Flash [...]