Adobe’s new Flash can stream Internet content to TVs


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Adobe Systems on Monday unveiled a version of its Flash multimedia streaming technology that would allow people to run entertainment programming directly to television sets from the Internet, a new option for the rapidly changing digital-home market.

Adobe also has signed up a host of partners to support the technology, called the Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home. The new platform is available now to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), and the first devices and processors that will support it should be available in the second half of the year, Adobe said.

Partners that have signed on to support the new version of Flash are Atlantic Records, Broadcom, Comcast, Disney Interactive Media Group, Intel, Netflix, STMicroelectronics, The New York Times Company, NXP Semiconductors and Sigma Designs.

Industry analyst Ben Bajarin, director of consumer technology for Creative Strategies, said the news is significant because it makes Flash the first enabling technology to allow entertainment providers to stream content directly to televisions. Currently, the way to get this kind of content onto televisions is mainly by hooking up a PC to a TV or set-top box, he said.

Bajarin said Adobe also is approaching its digital home strategy from a different perspective than competitors. Rather than provide a PC with a media-enhanced OS, like Microsoft does with digital home-optimized PCs, Adobe wants to provide a software platform to take content directly from the Internet to TVs. Continue reading

Super Chip Will Give Birth To 500,000 Song iPod’s

iPhone On Steroids

In what will surely be music to consumers ears, a chip is under development at IBM that will empower chips to store extraordinary amounts of data and remain charged for long stretches of time, all for affordable prices. iPods and other mobile devices such as MP3’s and mobile cells will be able to store upwards to half a million songs while costing considerably cheaper than current models. They are storing data on the spin of electrons (they call this racetrack memory) as opposed to cramming data into silicon chips which will bring down the cost of manufacturing and parts. This breakthrough will replace Flash as the preferred form of storage technology.

“The combination of extraordinarily interesting physics and spintronic materials engineering, one atomic layer at a time, continues to be highly challenging and very rewarding.Like flash memory – the most advanced type of memory for small devices such as mobile phones – it has no moving parts, meaning that the problems associated with mechanical reliability are dramatically reduced.
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