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Silverlight’s Smooth Streaming

Posted by Sravan | May 5, 2009 | 2 Comments

Silverlight announced two major features called Smooth Streaming and Deep Zoom with Silverlight 3 during the MIX09 conference. These features were demoed during the 2009 NAB Show that took place a couple of weeks ago.

Smooth Streaming is a HTTP-based adaptive media streaming technology that gives the user a glitch-free experience through seamless transition across various video qualities. Not surprisingly, the feature is currently tied down to Microsoft’s IIS Media Services. The IIS Web Server can have up to 7 different quality levels of a video and the Silverlight client requests the highest quality video based on the viewer’s local […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up Facebook Desktop App Week

Posted by Sravan | May 4, 2009 | Comment

Flash pre-installed Nokia devices are being shipped. (via)

The Adobe AIR team is obviously excited about Facebook’s AIR app. James, though, prefers TweetDeck. Facebook continued to be blogged about, by the Silverlight team about the WPF and Silverlight Apps previewed with the Facebook Openstreams API.

Tesla Motors is using Merapi and Adobe AIR.

WaiLam completed his tutorial series on Flash CS4 Character Animation With Bone.

Peter was impressed by Jens’ perfect introduction to the basics of the Away3D engine at the FFK09. Jens has a more detailed report on his workshop and presentation.

All those interested in JavaFX, make sure you go through the […] Continue Reading…

Animated Flash Charts, Graphs and Maps From Infosoft

Posted by Sravan | April 30, 2009 | 2 Comments

FusionCharts is a Flex-based component suite helpful to create dynamic Flash charts, Flash maps, interactive gauges and real-time instrumentation monitors. The suite consists of four products: FusionCharts, FusionWidgets, FusionMaps and PowerCharts.

Apart from the suite, also available are a free FusionCharts Google gadget for blogs and websites and a FusionCharts Free package which includes Area, Line, Pie, Doughnut (Donut), Column and Bar charts to plot single series and multi series data, and more advanced chart types like Combination charts, Gantt chart, Funnel chart, and Candlestick chart.

The FusionCharts package features an interactive 3D chart that allows users to visually rotate the […] Continue Reading…

Adobe Flash Now to Digital Home

Posted by Sravan | April 29, 2009 | Comment

Adobe made a major announcement last week that an optimized implementation of the Flash technology is ready to deliver HD videos and RIAs to Internet-connected TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and other devices in the digital living room. The HD content is available in FLV format. Atlantic Records, Broadcom, Comcast, Disney Interactive Media Group, Intel, Netflix, STMicroelectronics, The New York Times Company, NXP Semiconductors and Sigma Designs are among the “partners” that are supporting the technology.

According to the press release:
The Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home is available immediately to OEMs and the first devices and SoC platforms […] Continue Reading…

Carlos Labs’ Ground Zero

Posted by Sravan | April 28, 2009 | Comment

Carlos Labs, as an example of Javascript usage on top of Google Maps, created a mapplet called Ground Zero showing the thermal effects of various well-known nuclear devices when dropped on any part of the world.

The formulas used are simplified even regarding the thermal damage, in that they don’t take into account factors like terrain and the height of the explosion.

The mapplet is actually quite old but must have resurfaced on the Internet with the latest buzz about Japan’s proposed summit on nuclear disarmament after the US President Barack Obama’s call for a nuke-free world. God I hope they […] Continue Reading…

Rounding Up An Activity-filled Week

Posted by Sravan | April 27, 2009 | 2 Comments

If you feel guilty of surfing the Internet for things not directly related to your work while in office brush it away and plan to strike a balance. Adobe XD has links which support that you are doing the right thing.

Intuity and Xtify together are conducting a contest for a location-based RIA. Huge prizes but only open to residents of the USA and Canada. The Dr. Dobb’s Challenge appears to be open for everybody, has great prizes too, and can be great fun.

I have used some of the neat features in TweetDeck’s latest version but had no idea that […] Continue Reading…

AIR & Other Applications Tried This Week

Posted by Sravan | April 24, 2009 | Comment

I am usually set with my daily applications and resist change as much as possible. Even when I try out a new application, say to review it here, I don’t make it my daily application unless it serves a unique purpose or server already-served purposes in a unique way. TweetDeck, e.g., is one of the Adobe AIR apps that has become a daily application.

But this week has been rough with growing dissatisfaction regarding some apps and I’ve tried alternatives to all of them.

1.  ReadAIR: I reviewed it in the past and I stand by it. It is still not […] Continue Reading…

Pearltrees: A Novel Approach to Web

Posted by Sravan | April 22, 2009 | Comment

Today, access to content on the Internet is largely dependent on search algorithms or aggregation at social sites. This dependency gave rise to SEO and related ways of promoting content. Ergo, even though everyone on the Internet has the tools required to create all kinds of content, more or less, many feel obliged to choose their content and form keeping the current limited ways of content access in mind. Pealtrees seeks to mend it through a novel approach to web.

Using Pearltrees one can collect web navigations; represent them in the form of maps; modify and rearrange them to create […] Continue Reading…

The Genius of Oracle

Posted by Sravan | April 21, 2009 | 1 Comment

Read press release here.

I remain awe-struck by Oracle’s bold decision to buy Sun for two reasons. One, the software industry didn’t know what hit it. Two, it appears to be a great way for Oracle to bloat across the spectrum, placing itself in a very enviable position.

Below the database, Oracle ventured into storage management with ASM and operating systems with the Unbreakable Linux a few years ago. But Sun already has great servers and Solaris is such a venerated operating system and so Oracle has all access to build a wholesome package that includes hardware, OS, volumes or file […] Continue Reading…


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