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Adobe adds HTTP Streaming for iOS devices

Posted: 19 Apr 2011 03:04 PM PDT

Every iOS user has probably felt the need for an official Adobe Flash plugin, now Adobe has added HTTP Live Streaming to Flash Media Server thus making it possible for iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad to view flash files. This new update made by Adobe will generate a HTML5 compatible stream that will allow devices that don't have the Adobe plugin installed to view flash files.

Adobe also presented recently the next version of Adobe Flash media live encoder, this tool will capture a live broadcast stream and show it on devices such as Android powered devices, all the devices powered by iOS and also Samsung TVs.

This new feature introduced by Adobe will certainly improve the browsing experience of users that use an iOS powered device such as the iPhone and the iPad.

Here is the official Adobe announcement…

"As we continue to evolve this technology we will be adding support for another format, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). HLS is an MPEG2 transport stream (container) used by devices such as the Apple iPad 2. By adding support for HLS within the Flash Media Server, Adobe is reducing the publishing complexity for broadcasters who need to reach browsers supporting HLS through HTML5 (such as Safari) or devices where Adobe Flash is not installed. Where Flash is installed, Flash Media Server packages the stream using MPEG4-fragments (F4F) to deliver video over HTTP to Flash."

Acer HN274H – latest 3D monitor is perfect for gaming and movies

Posted: 19 Apr 2011 02:12 PM PDT

Acer is one of the pioneers of 3D computer monitors, known for the GD235HZ launched early last year. Latest Acer HN274H comes with a screen diagonal of 27 inches and 100.000.000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Bypassing fancy specifications, HN274H costs $ 689, and with this pricetag you'll find a pair of NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses included too.

On the connectivity part, you'll find DVI-D inputs, VGA, and three HDMI 3D compatible ports. HN274H is thus the first 27-inch monitor, capable of accepting 3D signal with DVI-D and HDMI connection. Acer HS244HQ offers the same connectivity options and also has the 3-D glasses included in the price. Has a 23.6-inch diagonal screen and displays a 12.000.000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Both monitors are compatible of full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and supports an image update rate of 120 Hz, the requirement for the proper functioning of its 3D glasses with Active Shutter technology.

Like the big brother, the Acer HS244HQ falls into the category of high-end monitors, with a suggested retail price of $ 450.

Preview version of Internet Explorer 10 is available for download

Posted: 19 Apr 2011 10:09 AM PDT

Although Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 recently, it seems that a new version of Internet Explorer will be released in the near future, and speaking of which, a preview version of Internet Explorer 10 is available for download now.

During the annual MIX conference, Microsoft announced that their latest browser, Internet Explorer 10 would be available for download in a preview mode, and although it's in its early stage, it will evolve over time. As for IE 10, it continues what its predecessor left off by improving HTML5 and CSS3 support.

Microsoft is trying to implement CSS3 features such as Multi-column Layout, Grid Layout, Flexible Box Layout, and CSS3 Gradients, and we should see Transitions and 3D Transforms someday in the future. As for future updates, we should see a new preview at least once per quarter.

We don't know when will we see a full version of Internet Explorer 10 released, but it's a nice thing to see that Microsoft has decided to release newer releases of Internet Explorer on a more frequent basis.

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