Apple Relaxes Restrictions on Development Tools

Finally the Apple hits Newton on the head.

"Apple today reversed its decision earlier in the year that barred developers from using rival programming tools, including one that has since been discontinued by Adobe, to build applications for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch." | more

Apple May Be Hit With Antitrust Investigation

Apple could find itself the target of either a Department of Justice or Federal Trade Commission, according to an unnamed source in the New York Post, over its development-tool policies that exclude products built by companies such as Adobe. A clause in the developer agreement for the recently unveiled iPhone OS 4 requires that applications be originally written in Objective-C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine. The unnamed source offered no timetable for when the federal government might announce such an investigation is underway.

Adobe strikes back

The real reason Apple does not like flash

Adobe has been fighting back against the stinging rebuff it has been receiving from Apple's Steve Jobs as the fruit-themed company has banned flash from its latest range of toys claiming that the popular content viewer breaks his operating system and is buggy and inefficient.

Flash is indeed notorious for gorging on computer resources, but as Adrian Ludwig, Adobe product manager, pointed out to biconews, plenty of mobile device manufacturers use it without gigantic losses in battery life or usability.

If mobile phones can cope with Flash then

Adobe apologizes for Flash crash bug

An Adobe product manager has apologized for allowing a potentially serious bug in Flash Player to remain unfixed for more than 16 months.

The admission, by Emmy Huang, product manager for Flash, came a week after Apple CEO Steve Jobs lambasted Adobe engineers as "lazy" and said when Macs crash, "more often than not it’s because of Flash." Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch struck back, insisting that at Adobe, "we don't ship Flash with any known crash bugs."

The crash bug at issue in Huang's blog post published over the weekend was reported in September 2008, but it has yet to be excised from release

Adobe Calls Apple Uncooperative

Adobe chief technology officer Kevin Lynch this week defended Flash as superior to HTML 5 and accused Apple of being uncooperative as it relates to putting Flash on the iPhone or iPad.

"We are ready to enable Flash in the browser on [the iPhone and iPad] if and when Apple chooses to allow that for its users, but to date we have not had the required cooperation from Apple to make this happen," Lynch wrote in a blog post.

Apple's upcoming iPad tablet, which was unveiled last week, will not include Flash support.

Adobe To Surpass Microsoft As Hacker Target

Adobe Reader and Flash will surpass Microsoft Office applications as favorite targets of cybercriminals, a security vendor predicted Tuesday.

In unveiling its 2010 Threat Predictions report, McAfee said the growing popularity of the Adobe products has attracted the attention of cybercriminals, who have been increasingly targeting the applications. Adobe Reader and Flash are two of the most widely deployed applications in the world.

Adobe Unveils Public Betas for Flash Player 10.1

This just in: Adobe Labs has some new toys up for grabs. As part of Adobe's poorly-named Open Screen Initiative to put Flash on every popular platform known to mankind, Adobe has released beta versions of Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

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