Author: David

Updated version of Flash Player 10

This Past Tuesday, Adobe released an updated version of Flash Player 10, featuring the highly anticipated ‘Stage Video’ hardware acceleration. As the controversy surrounding the aging web standard is now universally known, Adobe has reworked Flash 10.2 in an attempt to quell some of the negative feelings towards the plugin. Bashed in the past for its rampant CPU usage and an insatiable appetite for notebook batteries, Flash Player 10.2—while not fully resolving them—improves both of these issues.Through its implementation of Stage Video, Adobe reports Flash videos will support smoother playback with considerably less CPU usage. On the Flash Team’s blog, developer Tom Nguyen writes: “Stage Video lets websites take advantage of full hardware acceleration of the entire video pipeline. This builds on the H.264 hardware accelerated decoding in Flash Player 10.1. Stage Video hardware acceleration means that Flash Player can play even higher quality video while using dramatically less processing power, giving users a better experience, greater performance, and longer battery life. In our testing across supported systems, we’ve found it’s up to 34 times more efficient.” Nguyen expands on Stage Video claiming it can support 1080p HD video playback using a mere 1-15% of the CPU on a current Mac or PC. While this is an impressive performance leap for the picked on plugin, Nguyen is quick to add the performance boost may not be immediately apparent. While the player is capable of processing...

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A Digital Valentine’s Day?

Well As I Was Watching The Game This Past Sunday I Was Looking At All The High Tech Used To Put This Game On and I was amazed I mean this is great of course they were playing at my team’s stratum and yes I root for the cowboys you may boo me now I know they aren’t a good team but I like a challenge so I came to an idea for a short news post for this week cause as I am writing this I am sick and I don’t think it helps to be eating all this stuff why not write about how people plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day but of course try to put something tech in here well here goes. Americans are having a passionate love affair with technology, so much so that it has come to be integrated with nearly every aspect of our day-to-day life. And with all of the social networking, online shopping, casual gaming, digital entertainment, and other public displays of affection rampantly occurring between us and technology, it would make sense if we expressed our love with others this way – via email, text messaging, etc. – on one of the most romantic days of the year. But it just isn’t so. Despite the intense digital age we live in, Americans are surprisingly traditional when it comes to celebrating...

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