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jQuery VS Flash

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Which one should you use jQuery or Flash?

First let me say this I have been using Flash since 1999 and I am and always have been a big proponent of Flash and its use for animation on the web and web sites. Well, as we all know the web landscape is a changing.

With the invention of mobile devices and tablets, Flash has had to adapt but during the transition period other animation technologies have evolved. One of the newest technologies is jQuery. We have been using jQuery for about year now and for simple quick animations that are cross-browser compatible as well as mobile compliant jQuery is becoming the go to language.

Flash works on every device expect for the iPad and iPhone(You do have to install an Active X for Flash but the majority of computers come with it installed now), the reason is because Apple does not want it on their devices. Their reason is because Flash can be a resource hog and put a strain on battery life especially mobile devices; Apple also does not want to degrade the user experience or put a strain on their devices. Here is further explanation from Steve Jobs himself: Thoughts on Flash. Now I can not give one view and not give the other so here are Adobe’s comments in regards to Flash on the iPad from the cofounders Chuck Geschke, John Warnock : Our thoughts on open markets

Now, jQuery also has its issue, that being if javascript is not enabled on your computer then jQuery will not run and your animations will not work. But once again majority of computers like Flash already have this enabled by default. jQuery, works on the majority of computers but if it does not you can use a noscript tag to let the user know that they need to enable their javascript. You can also do the same with Flash and let your user to know that they need to download Flash and install it on their browser.

Still confused?

Here are some more factors that may help you make up your mind. Flash can take several years to master and having a background in programming is extremely helpful, but the created user experience is second to none. Now, jQuery easy to learn and the lines of code required are extremely easy to use, but the user experience is not as rich because you are limited by the library that you have referenced. Now Google offers a jQuery library that anyone can link to and you can also download the most recent release from jQuery and install it on your own web site.

Well, we have decided for our clients which require a fully interactive user experience we will use Flash and for those that want simple clean and over all mobile and web compliant sites with animations then we will use jQuery.

But wait…..HTML 5 and CSS 3 will become another player in the game once all browsers begin to support HTML 5 and CSS 3. You can check out a demo of HTML 5 and CSS 3 by going to Safari Technology Demo, but you must use either Chrome as your browser or Safari for it to work right now. You also have to check out Adobe Edge great for HTML5 and  CSS3 Animation.

To be continued…..

Apple Moves Toward a Larger iPhone Screen

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

By LORRAINE LUK And JURO OSAWA

Apple iPhone Larger Screen

Apple Moves Toward a Larger iPhone Screen

Manufacturers say Apple has placed an order for larger display screens for the next generation of iPhone. The WSJ’s Juro Osawa tells Deborah Kan about what’s in store for the new device.

HONG KONG—Apple Inc., AAPL +0.27% which is expected to launch its next-generation iPhone later this year, has ordered screens from its Asian suppliers that are bigger than the ones used in iPhones since they debuted in 2007, people familiar with the situation said.

Production is set to begin next month for the screens, which measure at least 4 inches diagonally compared with 3.5 inches on the iPhone 4S, the latest phone from Apple, the people said.

The move suggests that the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is trying to make its popular smartphone more appealing amid intensifying competition from rival Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea. Samsung, which became the world’s biggest cell phone maker in the first quarter, recently unveiled its new flagship smartphone with a 4.8-inch display, one of the largest smartphone screens.

 

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Bloomberg NewsAs Apple prepares for a launch of a new iPhone later this year, people familiar with the situation say the company is planning for a larger screen. Above, the Apple store in Hong Kong.

Until now, Apple has never changed the size of the iPhone’s screen, which has always been 3.5 inches from the first model that debuted in 2007. For the next iPhone, which analysts predict will come out in the fall, Apple is working with multiple screen makers including South Korea’s LG Display Co., LPL -3.60% Japan’s Sharp Corp. 6753.TO -2.37% and Japan Display Inc., a new company created last month by three Japanese companies and the government, some of the people said.

Apple has also stuck with one size for its iPad tablet, while other manufacturers have produced a range of sizes. The Wall Street Journal reported in February that Apple was testing tablet computers with screens smaller than the 9.7-inch screen on the existing iPads.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Apple effectively defined smartphones as a new category with its iPhone, but the market has rapidly evolved and expanded over the past few years and is now crowded with many brands selling smartphones in various sizes and price ranges.

Apple, the world’s most valuable company, faces particularly fierce challenges from Samsung, which sells a much broader variety of phones. The two companies together account for more than half of the world’s smartphones. In the quarter through March, Samsung shipped 44.5 million smartphones to grab a 30.6% share of the global market, topping Apple’s 24.1% share with 35.1 million iPhones, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.

This year, analysts expect Samsung’s smartphone shipments to double, while the next iPhone is also expected to boost Apple’s shipments.

Samsung said that the Galaxy S III, a new version of its flagship smartphone, will hit stores in Europe this month and in the U.S. this summer. Its 4.8-inch screen is larger than the 4.3-inch display on the company’s current flagship model Galaxy S II. Taiwan’s HTC Corp., 2498.TW -6.59% another major smartphone maker, also has models with screens larger than 4 inches.

A new iPhone with a larger screen wouldn’t necessarily mean that Apple is making changes to its products because of what rivals are doing, said Mizuho Investors Securities analyst Nobuo Kurahashi.

“The smartphone market has become diverse, but the iPhone still sets the agenda,” with the whole industry watching Apple’s every move, he said. He said that the iPhone’s strength lies in the overall experience including its user interface and applications, and the screen’s size wouldn’t be its defining feature.

“If Apple ever released a lower-priced iPhone, that would be more of a sign that the changing market environment is beginning to affect the company,” he added.

The iPhone remains a big growth engine for Apple, and the phone’s popularity in Asia was a key factor behind the company’s robust earnings for the most recent quarter through March. Its profit nearly doubled in the quarter, while iPhone sales jumped 88%.

Aside from their rivalry in the smartphone market, Samsung and Apple have been locked in a legal battle. Apple last year sued Samsung over smartphone design and patents, and Samsung countersued. At the same time, they are dependent on each other as Apple is the largest customer for Samsung’s component divisions, which make key parts for smartphones and tablets such as chips and displays.

Apple doesn’t manufacture its own products. Like many other major consumer-electronics brands, it hires manufacturing specialists—many of which are from Taiwan and have extensive operations in China—to assemble its gadgets, using components made mostly by Asian suppliers.

Write to Lorraine Luk at lorraine.luk@dowjones.com and Juro Osawa at juro.osawa@dowjones.com

Flash comes to the iPad! (with a big catch)

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

If Steve Jobs has his way, there will never be any way to play Flash videos, games or graphics on the iPad. His Majesty might not get his way with video, though, thanks to RipCode Transact Transcoder V6. It does its magic in the cloud, changing video from Flash to iPod/iPhone/iPad-playable formats such as MP4 or MPEG-TS.

RipCode’s CEO says his special on-demand transcoder will work at the source, where a website is hosted. It detects if someone is using one of Apple’s non-flash devices, immediately transcoding that video into an iPhone/iPod/iPad-compatible format.

That might take care of Flash video, but still doesn’t address all those Flash games and graphics that populate much of the Web. So maybe Adobe will still need to smack Apple with that rumored lawsuit. Meanwhile, we users humbly wish for the day when we can play any content, anytime, anyplace, on any device — and pay for it just once, if at all.

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