Flash or HTML 5 – iPad


During the iPad demonstration, Steve.P.Jobs visited a few sites where blank squares appeared where video or animated content would normally be displayed. This square indicated a missing plugin. The plugin was Adobe’s Flash. The iPad would not display videos, animations or any other content created using Adobe’s Flash.

Apple believes that having Flash on the iPhone would make the device slow and buggy. Many new sites have been experimenting with a new video format called HTML 5. HTML 5 is the next level of HTML which is capable of handling video and animation, just as Flash does. HTML 5 works directly in a web browser. It would enhance iPad and iPhone users experience by playing web-based video content.
The HTML5 editors are Ian Hickson of Google, Inc. and David Hyatt of Apple, Inc .

But migrating to a new video format would be tough and troublesome. Flash has a lot of advantages and is the standard multimedia language for a vast majority of developers. Flash’s UI is definitely better and involves less manual coding than HTML 5.

After the development of HTML 5 , iPhone and iPad users would hopefully see fewer blue blank squares on their screen.

Google acquires Aardvark

Google acquired Aardvark a technology by which they were impressed. Aardvark helps users answer their questions which are sometimes not available on the internet such as ” Is there snow on Skyline Boulevard?” .

Aardvark is social search: ask any question and Aardvark will discover the perfect person in your network to answer in minutes. Aardvark launched a private beta in March, 2009, and has been growing rapidly since.

Aardvark is available today in Google Labs, so go ahead and give it a try.

UPDATE – According to TechCrunch, Google acquired Aardvark for $50 M.

To know more about Aardvark Click here.

iTunes almost reaches 10 billion song downloads!

We cannot deny the fact that Apple with iTunes has changed the way you buy music, making songs and albums available for download, day or night. Today after seven years, iTunes has almost reached 10 billion song downloads.

Apple wants to celebrate this huge milestone and wants us to help them out. In return, they are offering a 10,000$ iTunes gift card. Yep, you heard it right, a 10,000$ gift card.

To participate Click here.

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Google – Coming to a Store near you!

SearchEngineLand received a tip from a New York retailer named Oh Nuts, that Google came to their store to take pictures for a new Google Maps product named “Google Store Views.” I was told that they took pictures of the inside of the store, every 6 feet, in all directions. They also took pictures of products.
Google Store Views will allow people to essentially walk into the store, off of Google Street Views. So imagine you are looking at this store, and then you can click on the door to enter it, all on Google Maps. Then when you enter the store, you can wall through it.
Here are pictures of Google capturing the pictures from within the store:

Postscript: A Google spokesperson sent us the following statement:
We are always experimenting with new features for Google Maps. We have nothing further to announce at this time.

Source : SearchEngineLand

Google Buzz! What’s buzz all about?

Google today launched a new service known as buzz. Buzz integrates your Facebook and Twitter profile all under your Gmail account.
Buzz was announced at an event at the Google HQ in Mountain View , California. With Google Buzz, all your social interactions and updates can come to one place, right next to your Inbox.

The key elements are:

1. Automatic friends lists (friends are added automatically who you have emailed on Gmail)

2. “Rich fast sharing” combines sources like Picasa and Twitter into a single feed, and it includes full-sized photo browsing

3. Public and private sharing (swap between family and friends)

4. Inbox integration (instead of emailing you with updates, like Facebook might, Buzz features emails that update dynamically with all Buzz thread content)

5. “Recommended Buzz” puts friend-of-friend content into your stream, even if you’re not acquainted.
Recommendations learn over time with your feedback.

Buzz integrates perfectly with your mobile device specially iPhone and android powered ones. It is available as a webapp but can be added to the homescreen and be used as a standalone app too

To start using buzz go to http://www.google.com/buzz

Apple Store down for Aperture 3 release!

The Apple Store was down on Tuesday and people were making guesses about the new product which Apple would release.
iPhone 4G, New i5 and i7 Macbook Pros were among the predictions.

Apple Store made a comeback just minutes ago releasing 64-bit Aperture 3 with faces and places tagging announced. A free 30 day trial is available for download at www.apple.com/aperture.

Google updates UI for iPhone


Google today changed it’s UI a bit for the iPhone. Now when you go to google.com via Safari on your iPhone, the search bar is a bit changed and increased in size. It even has a new search icon.
The Web, Images , News etc also has a new border around it.