Goodbye Flash for Mobile

Flash for Android mobile devices is being discontinued, beginning with Android 4.1 — new installations of Flash to be disabled on August 15. Maybe this will hasten adoption of HTML5.

Adobe’s statement to developers:

HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively [...] that makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.

Steve Jobs was right.

Posted: August 14th, 2012
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PayPal Here

PayPal is rolling out a mobile payment option—PayPal Here—apparently to compete with Square’s mobile card reader.

PayPal claims:

  • Will work with iOS and Android
  • 2.7% transaction fee (Square charges 2.75%)
  • Accepts VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, checks, invoices and PayPal accounts
  • Funds are immediately available in your PayPal account
  • Free card reader and mobile app (like Square)

Posted: March 16th, 2012
Filed under: Finance, Free (or low-cost), Handheld, Hardware, Innovation, Mobile, Software Tags: , | No Comments »