Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Google Chrome Web Store Looks a Lot Like the App Store




At GDC Europe, Google advocates Mark DeLoura and Michael Mahemoff talked about the company's upcoming app store for Chrome.

According to 1up, the store is set to launch this October and aims to become a proper marketplace for browser games -- one that solves a lot of the issues of games on the web today, from discovery to monetization.

Notice how similar it looks to the App Store?







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Apple Awarded Patents for Slide to Unlock and Popping Keyboard




Today, Apple was awarded with patents for the Slide to Unlock and the pop out keyboard character features of its iPhone, according to TUAW.

Three years ago, Apple filed for patents on two features that iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users see every day -- the Slide to Unlock feature of the Lock screen and the pop-up letters that appear when you're typing on the iPhone keyboard. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has today awarded Apple a series of two patents titled "Animated graphical user interface for a display screen or portion thereof " that provide Apple with patent protection for the animated unlock screen and keyboard.

The patents are numbered D621849 and D621848.







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Antenna Expert Says iPhone 4 Antenna Won't Be Redesigned




Spencer Webb, President of AntennaSys, says the iPhone 4 antenna can't be fixed by a coating and it's unlikely Apple will redesign the antenna for Verizon, according to ComputerWorld.

"I've called Apple's antenna design 'bold' and 'risky,' but they won't change it [for a CDMA-based phone]", Webb says. "The antenna design is architecturally fixed in the design, and it would take them a while to make whatever the next design is."

Interestingly Webb also notes that applying a non-conductive coating is not a viable solution since it can't be thick enough.

"There's no coating that's thick enough to make a difference," he said. "It's all about getting the lossy conductor, the human, away from the iPhone." It's less about the material that separates skin from the steel band than it is about the thickness of that material. Scotch tape, for instance, is worthless, as is electrical tape unless several layers are applied.

This contradicts a post-doctoral biochemistry fellow at a leading American university who says that an electrically insulating organic hydrophobic layer atop the bare metal would solve reception issues.

However, Webb does believe they will address the issues somehow. "You can bet your bippy that they're going to be addressing this issue somehow," said Webb. "They want to be the smartest guys on the planet, which is what comes from adversity like this."




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Flash Optimizer for Mac




Eltima Software has released Flash Optimizer for Mac version 2.4 with full support of Flash CS 5 files. This is a powerful and feature-rich tool that is able to reduce SWF files size up to 60-70%. Its functionality is based on unique algorithms of vectors, shapes, morphs, Z-buffer, fonts and other optimizations. As a result SWF file has a smaller size and saves considerable amount of traffic and loading time.

Flash Optimizer for Mac compresses not just separate parts of SWF, but the whole file including curves, zero objects and more. Flash Optimizer for Mac is flexibly customizable, which gives the user full control over the compression process. For those who are new to Flash technology it features most convenient preset options to achieve the best compression results in each case.

Flash Optimizer for Mac features a very convenient preview option. One can play with optimization settings and preview the result on the go. It is easy to check out the SWF file info by pressing the corresponding button - file size in bytes, percentage of each kind of resources (shapes, pictures, sounds, videos, scripts, etc.) and general size of original and optimized files. Possibility to compare initial SWF file and optimized one in two player windows with zoom in and out function make Flash Optimizer for Mac very convenient and highly efficient in use for any Flash designer.

Flash Optimizer 2.4 features at a glance:
* Full support of SWF files created in Flash CS 5
* Unique SWF compressor for Mac OS X
* Simple and Professional optimization modes; possibility to customize every option
* Easy preview of compressed SWF and comparison with initial file
* Easy-to-use interface with intellectual, fully customizable controls
* Shapes and morphs optimization
* Fonts optimization
* Zero objects optimization
* Z-buffer optimization
* Vectors and curves optimization
* Images and sounds compression
* Embedded video compression
* Speed and reliability




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