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  • Google: Websites slow to fix serious Flash flaws

    Two months after Adobe Systems patched a serious flaw in its Flash development software, there are still hundreds of thousands of web pages serving up buggy Shockwave Flash (.swf) files that could be exploited by hackers, according to a Google researcher.

  • Adobe targets direct relationships in NZ

    Adobe’s recent opening of a New Zealand office is part of its expansion plans for the Asia Pacific region, says newly appointed sales director Chris Gray.

  • Microsoft releases beta of mashup tool

    Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer announced the public beta availability of Popfly, the company's mashup creation tool for non-technical users introduced in alpha form in May.

  • Flash's future assured for immediate term: analyst

    The chip manufacturing community has long dreaded the day when flash memory can no longer shrink in size. But that day continues to be pushed back as chip manufacturers are seemingly slowing their commitment to invest in what many believe will be the primary replacement for flash: phase change memory (PCM), also known as phase change random access memory (PRAM).

  • Web 2.0 needs Adobe to 'do the driving'

    It’s thrilling to imagine rich, responsive, attractive client applications that run identically on desktops, notebooks, and mobile devices, as well as over remote connections. Java promised us that. Then .Net. Neither really came through with the kind of transparency and interoperability that Sun and Microsoft had led us to expect. Now, it looks like we’ve given up on commercial interests closing the application portability gap. Web 2.0 is touted as the way of applications to come, and on the face of it, it’s all about standards. We don’t have to wait for Microsoft, Sun, Symbian, or anyone to do next-generation software for us. All we need is a browser. We’ll do it ourselves.

  • Flash and Silverlight go head-to-head in Dunedin

    Dunedin-based multimedia company Taylormade Media is in the midst of building the next version of the-hub.tv, an online entertainment space for kids, but the project will become an early testing ground for new internet development tools.

  • Microsoft unveils Silverlight as Flash killer

    Microsoft this week will reveal new technology to deliver rich media applications on the web, part of a broader strategy to go head to head with web and design tools powerhouse Adobe Systems.

  • Biometric flash drive keeps data safe

    Carrying around a little USB drive on your key ring has become very common among ICT professionals. I have even seen people comparing the looks of their USB drives.

  • TVNZ’s rights management cracked by online users

    Only a few days after TVNZ officially launched its ondemand site for downloadable content, users have discovered how to remove the Digital Rights Management (DRM) that prevents some downloaded material from being viewed after seven days, the television company admits.

  • MicroStrategy eyes Flash for animated intelligence

    When listing its resolutions for 2007, MicroStrategy plans to enhance the visualisation and performance capabilities of its business intelligence (BI) software, as well as grow its head-count and geographical presence.

  • Microsoft and Apple eyed for AJAX alliance

    In February a group of technology vendors, including BEA Systems, Google, IBM and Oracle, formed the OpenAjax Alliance, with the goal of promoting the popular AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) web development technique. Since then, more vendors, such as Sun Microsystems, have joined and the alliance has launched its OpenAjax Hub project to boost interoperability among AJAX libraries.

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