ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Flash

When the Web was still text links and tables, Adobe Flash brought us rollovers, interactive games and kitten videos. But a hard stand by Apple was the begining of the end for the groundbreaking technology, and guess what? We’ll be OK without it.

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Blu-ray

Everyone knows optical storage discs are on their way out in the long run, but ironically, the the biggest, newest format of them all could become extinct before the rest. Here’s why Blu-ray might join VHS in the dustbin long before DVDs or CDs give up the ghost.

(Number) 9 Things the Yoko Ono App SHOULD Do

Yoko Ono, widow of The Beatles’ John Lennon, has released an iPhone app. The app, called #smilesfilm, allows users to share snapshots of smiling faces.
That’s great and all, but we came up with nine things that a Yoko Ono app really should do.

How to Watch UEFA Euro 2012 Soccer Online (Legally or Otherwise)

Friday, June 8, is one of those days that rolls around every two years on which productivity throughout much of the world is going to take a gigantic hit. That’s because the Euro 2012 tournament gets under way, and it’ll capture the attention of every serious soccer/football fan around the planet. And we do mean “planet” – this competition among 16…

Video of the Week: History of the Animated GIF

In the early days of the Web there was a lot of experimenting going on. It was a brand new world where almost anything seemed possible. Decades later, many of those dreams have come true and new dreams have been born. In the meantime, a lot of the early innovation have come, seen their day in the sun, and been cast aside when something new comes…

iTunes U 2.0: Not Perfect, Just Awesome

iTunes U has been around for a long time, but its expansion last week onto iPhones and iPads, as well as into new content like K-12 curriculum, has truly made this a 2.0 release. And it’s very, very good.

The iTunes U website carries the bold title “Learn anything, anywhere, anytime.” That’s an overstatement for sure, with 500,000 assets it’s…

Internet TV In 2012: Roku Streaming Stick & Smart Televisions

Who needs a big, expensive Web-connected television when there are so many other ways to stream content from the Internet to your living room? There are a variety of boxes and plug-ins that users can acquire to get the Web running on their TVs. One of the leaders in the space, Roku, has taken the notion a step farther. Roku is throwing out the…

Fusion Garage and the JooJoo: An Unremarkable Footnote in History

Tablet maker Fusion Garage is on the ropes. One of the first companies to try and make tablet computing commercially viable, has been embroiled in a legal battle with its partners and this weekend lost its legal council after it failed to pay him. The JooJoo, once called the CrunchPad, could have been exciting. Now, it is likely to go down as an…

Poll: What Is Your Reaction to the Death of Mobile Flash?

The Web is singing this morning. The coming death of Flash on mobile devices has made a lot of tech pundits and developers very happy. There is a big fat “I told you so” coming from all corners the of Internet while all Adobe can do is quietly sit back and rue the day the original iPhone was announced.

There could be several books written about…

How Mozilla’s New HTML5 Toolkit Fuels the Future of Web Movies

Presenting Web video using HTML5 technology has a few obvious advantages. The one that comes most easily to mind is cross-device compatibility. As long as Apple refuses to support Flash on its smartphones and tablets (read: indefinitely), anybody who sticks with that format for Web video is going to be missing out on a serious number of…

By Signing With Netflix, DreamWorks Bets Big on the Web

DreamWorks Animation is betting big on the future of the Web’s popularity for consuming premium video content. The major Hollywood animation studio has signed a deal with Netflix to stream its library of content exclusively to Netflix subscribers, the New York Times reported.

The deal, which covers such popular film series as Shrek and Madagascar…

Why Blockbuster Movie Pass is No Threat to Netflix

Earlier today, Dish Network CEO Joe Clayton made official what most observers already knew to be true: that the company would be launching a movie streaming service built on the remnants of Blockbuster, which Dish acquired in April.

What was less clear before today’s press conference was exactly what the details would be. Those are now revealed…

Facebook Timeline Wrap-Up: Everything Today Was About Sharing Content

So, what just happened at F8, the Facebook developer’s conference? In a word, Facebook has promised a re-imagined content and personalization platform for the Web.

If you believe the F8 conference hype, on Sept. 29 when Timeline opens to the public, Facebook is the place where every single inch of your life can be displayed, from the time you…