Weekly high-tech hot topics in the blogs: Adobe Flash, FTC guide, Kindle, Windows Mobile

(Relaxnews)

Hot topics in the tech blogs for the week of October 9: Adobe debuts the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and announces almost 50 companies are taking part in its Open Screen Project, bloggers concerned over new FTC guidelines, Amazon brings their best selling eReader to consumers across the world, AT&T customers able to use VoIP on their smartphones, and Windows Mobile 6.5 disappoints bloggers.

Adobe Open Screen Project
On October 5, Adobe announced that it has almost 50 companies participating in the Open Screen Project - a project that will enable consumers to view full HD videos, interact with expressive applications and access dynamic content via the internet on their smartphones using the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player, 10.1. With 85 percent of the top 100 websites utilising Adobe Flash to play dynamic content on their websites and 75 percent of all web-based videos using Flash (figures from Adobe), Mobile phone users are eager to have Flash compatible smartphones. Bloggers embraced the news but were mostly concerned that Apple was not included in the list of participating companies. Technology blogs complained that the iPhone will become one of the few smartphones not to play flash content directly on the device.

FTC Final Guides governing endorsements and testimonials
On October 5 America's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the final version of the guides that govern endorsements and testimonials in the US. Bloggers were concerned that the new regulations clamped down on free speech and could result in bloggers or those who use social media to endorse a product could be hit with a hefty fine for non-disclosure. There was also concern in the blogs that the guidelines were overly vague and could easily lead to misinterpretation. The FTC's guide specifically detailed the way in which bloggers and social media users will have to disclose any form of monetary payment or on non-cash kickbacks (such as free products) in connection with their endorsements.

Kindle 2
For months bloggers located outside of the US have been begging Amazon (or any other eReader maker) to launch their products throughout the international market. On October 7 Amazon finally acquiesced to the requests, announcing the "Kindle with U.S. and International Wireless". The device will be available to people in over 100 countries worldwide, with releases in further countries (such as Canada) planned for the future. The onboard 3G connection provided by American carrier AT&T will enable users to purchase and download digital copies of books, magazines, comics and newspapers while they are in the US and overseas. The international version of the Kindle 2 eReader will start shipping on October 19 and will be priced at $279. Bloggers are rumouring that Amazon will also bring their high-end Kindle DX to the international market sometime in 2010.

AT&T says yes to VoIP
After the great debate over why Google Voice was rejected from Apple's App Store (and many sneaking suspicions that AT&T was behind Apple's rejection of the app), AT&T have changed their tune and are now allowing VoIP applications to run on their network (previously smartphone users with AT&T had to use VoIP applications over WiFi on their devices). Making calls using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) enables consumers to make calls over the internet either for free or at heavily reduced prices. After months of badmouthing AT&T, bloggers finally applauded the telecommunications company for enabling the change.

Windows Mobile 6.5
There was a huge backlash in the technology blogs when journalists got a closer look at Microsoft's latest Mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5 on October 6. The mobile OS was not quite up to expectations, prompting headlines such as "Windows Mobile 6.5 Review: There's No Excuse For This" and "Windows Mobile 6.5 Arrives, Mostly Disappoints". Windows Mobile 6.5 was designed to appeal to users that need to use their phone in both the workplace and at home, combining business functions such as web browsing, mobile versions of Microsoft office and push email with social networking, live chat and multimedia functions. On closer inspection bloggers found the OS to have simply undergone a "cosmetic facelift".

 

Voices
On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence
voicesIs a huge gamble on oil keeping the First Minister up at night?
Life and Style
tech

Apple has been hit by complaints about the 1.1GB download

Arts and Entertainment
Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse on CBBC
tv

Much-loved cartoon character returns - without Sir David Jason

Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't
tv

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Arts and Entertainment
Actor and director Zach Braff
tv

Arts and Entertainment
Rosalind Buckland, the inspiration for Cider with Rosie died this week
booksBut what is it like to be the person who inspires a classic work of art?
Arts and Entertainment
tv

Life and Style
i100

Arts and Entertainment
The former Doctor Who actor is to play a vicar is search of a wife
film

Matt Smith is set to join cast of the Jane Austen classic - with a twist

Arts and Entertainment
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona
filmWhat makes the little man tick?
Arts and Entertainment
Meera Syal was a member of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me
tv

Actress to appear in second series of the hugely popular crime drama

Arts and Entertainment
tvReview: An undercooked end (spoiler alert)
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell dismissed the controversy surrounding
musicThe singer said 'the last thing I want to do is degrade'
Sport
Cesc Fabregas celebrates his first Chelsea goal
footballChelsea vs Schalke match report
Arts and Entertainment
Toby Jones (left) and Mackenzie Crook in BBC4’s new comedy The Detectorists
tvMackenzie Crook's 'Detectorists' makes hobby look 'dysfunctional'
Life and Style
fashion

Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas

News
i100
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Network Infrastructure Technical Lead - up to £45k DOE - Surrey

    £35000 - £45000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

    Technical Architect - Surrey - £35k-£45k DOE - Permanent

    £35000 - £45000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

    ASP.NET Developer - Cheshire - £35k - Permanent

    £30000 - £35000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

    Senior Infrastructure / Network Engineer (VMware, Windows, LAN/WAN)

    £40000 - £50000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...

    Day In a Page

    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

    Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

    The Imitation Game, film review
    England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

    England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

    Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

    Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    ‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

    Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week