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Here Lies Flash

Adobe: Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems. Mike Davidson: Flash, from the very beginning, was a transitional technology. It […]

The Curious Case of Fourteen Bytes

One of the bigger mysteries associated with the hack of Jeff Bezos’ iPhone X is how, exactly, it was breached. A report yesterday by Sheera Frenkel in the New York Times appeared to shed some light on that: On the afternoon of May 1, 2018, Jeff Bezos received a message on WhatsApp from an account […]

iMac Pro to Begin Shipping December 14

John Voorhees, MacStories: Apple updated its website with news that the iMac Pro is shipping beginning on December 14, 2017. The pro-level iMac features a long list of impressive specifications. The desktop computer, which was announced in June at WWDC comes in 8, 10, and 18-core configurations, though the 18-core model will not ship until […]

CarPlay Thoughts

Among the many insightful observations in Jean-Louis Gassée’s Monday Note for today, there’s this: CarPlay replicates your iDevice’s screen as H.264 video spewed through an intelligent Lightning cable connected to your car’s USB port. Remember all of the bitching and moaning about how changing to the Lightning port was a hassle, and how the proprietary […]

YouTube Goes 4K, VP9

My favourite pet topic is back in the news. Janko Roettgers, GigaOm: YouTube will be demonstrating 4K video at CES in Las Vegas next week, with a twist: The Google-owned video service will be showing off ultra high-definition streaming based on VP9, a new royalty-free codec that Google has been developing as an alternative to […]

Kicking the Can

I know you love it when I discuss video codecs. After all, what other subject could be more exhilarating? Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich: As I noted last year, one of the biggest challenges to open source software has been the patent status of video codecs. The most popular codec, H.264, is patent-encumbered and licensed by […]

Google Hangouts Switches to VP8

Janko Roettgers, GigaOm: To enable HD, and prepare for this plugin-free future, Google quietly started to transition Hangouts from the H.264 video codec to VP8, an open and royalty-free video codec the company released back in 2010. VP8 is still being used almost exclusively by Google. Skype is the only other major player using VP8, […]

Google Urges Fast Adoption of VP9 Video Compression

Stephen Shankland, for CNet: “If you adopt VP9, as you can very quickly, you’ll have tremendous advantages over anyone else out there using H.264 or VP8, (its predecessor),” said VP9 engineer Ronald Bultje in a talk here at Google’s developer conference. “You can save about 50 percent of bandwidth by encoding your video with VP9 […]

Google Glass UI Guidelines

Oddly, Glass doesn’t support Google’s own WebM video format — only H.263 and H.264 videos are supported. These cards seem extremely easy to create, since they’re basically web pages.

Google Admits WebM Infringes H.264 Patents

Marco Arment nails it: If [Google] really cared about being so “open”, they’d open up a nontrivial part of their business that hasn’t already been commoditized, like their searching or advertising algorithms.

Broadway: An H.264 Decoder in JavaScript

Well, unfortunately there are browsers like Firefox that refuse to implement the defacto-standard in video codecs in their browsers. […] So what’s the next best course of action?  Well, you can either encode your videos in three different codecs to cover all your bases, or just in H.264 and use the JavaScript implementation to play […]