Apple's recent iPad announcement had a strong impact on three groups: broadcasters, technology enthusiasts, and just about anyone concerned with the survival of the newspaper industry. Since discussions in these areas provide a great view of the iPad's strengths and weaknesses, the author thought that he would detail them. Apple's specifications indicate that the iPad will play 720p video encoded in H.264 format. But 720p is 16:9 and has more horizontal pixels (1280) than the iPad itself. From a technology perspective the advanced StreamingMedia.com listserv was abuzz about Apple's decision not to support Flash. Finally there was a raging debate in newspaperland as to whether the iPad would provide a much-needed revenue stream for newspapers or further attenuate the relationship between paper and reader.
the moving picture Briefly, HTTP Live Streaming lets you post multiple files to a server and adaptively switch between them based upon factors such as connection speed, buffer levels, and CPU load. For example, at last year’s PGA Championship, Turner produced three streams: one at 126Kbps, the next at 450Kbps, the top at 800Kbps, and all at 400x224 resolution. Scott indicated that Turner will likely customize the application for the iPad’s larger screen resolution and add at least one higher-resolution video stream. But he can’t predict the resolution or data rate until he gets a unit in for testing. a tale of THREE iPads From a technology perspective, the advanced StreamingMedia.com listserv was abuzz about Apple’s decision not to support Flash. For those in favor of a pple’s recent iPad announcement had a strong impact on three groups: broadcasters, technology enthusiasts, and just about anyone concerned with the survival of the newspaper industry. Since discussions in these areas provide a great view of the iPad’s strengths Apple’s decision, it was a win for standards and standards-based design, specifically HTML 5, the much- heralded next-generation web development language. There was also a side order of “Flash just takes too many system resources to run smoothly” thrown in for effect. and weaknesses, I thought that I would detail them here. Flash promoters quickly pointed out the irony of Apple The iPad is best likened to a large iPod touch; though being the poster child for any open standard, stating that one model will have cellular capabilities, it’s only for data the motivation for not supporting Flash was purely transmission, not for telephony (though you could use it to financial. If the iPhone/iPad/touch trilogy could play make calls via Skype). The hardware runs iPhone OS, Flash-based games or use Flash-based rich-internet which means that it’s compatible with the 140,000 or so applications, it would cut into Apple’s App Store revenue. apps in the Apple App Store. With a screen resolution of The debate got so fierce that Adobe’s CTO released a 1024x768, the iPad is big enough to browse the web. But lengthy post detailing how Flash ran successfully on it’s not compatible with Flash, so if you surf over to almost all other smartphones from vendors such as ESPN.com, you can read the text but cannot watch the Google, RIM, Nokia, and Palm and how it enables their videos. If you want to create a we
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