Google TV UI Templates

The resources for designing applications for Google TV are now released. You can download them on the GTV Resources page.

There is another page more useful for developers with the whole list of resources.

Be sure to check out the UI guidelines to get a sense of how your app will change based a the 10 foot user interface paradigm.

Examples of New HTML5 Features

People are already revisiting  and polishing up their HTML skills because of the exciting possibilities of  HTML5.

Here are some great examples originally posted on Webification.

The new HTML5 provides some interesting features that allow designers to enhance and boost their creativity. The new useful tags will replace many of typical div entries from code, the new canvas support allows you to create fantastic animations without using Flash, etc.

In this post I have collected 15 examples of what we can do with HTML5 and its potentials. Some of these examples work with the support of Javascript but they show how it’s easy to replace Flash with HTML5.

1. How we’ll create forms in HTML5

HTML5 contains new interesting input fields that enable us to perform our work and save much time. In this post we can study in deep the new input fields and all their features.

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2. Learning About HTML5 Local Storage

This video tutorial shows how to build a simple to-do list with local storage. HTML5′s local storage is a new functionality which we can save data in browsers even the browser is refreshed or closed.

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3. Wave motion

This experiment, made by Hakim el Hattab, makes a wave motion rendered using the canvas element. Each bubble holds a tweet with the word water in it. Clicking on them we can read the tweets.

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Mobile Flash 10.1 on Droid 2

Motorola and Verizon have announced the availability of DROID 2, a new smartphone that for first time will have Flash Player 10.1 pre-installed and benefit from H.264 HW decoding of all H.264 video profiles. DROID 2 will be available starting August 11 on www.verizonwireless.com and in stores on August 12.

Have a look at the demo…of a very NICE phone: http://bit.ly/FP101-droid2

Adobe is working with Motorola, Verizon, and Google on plan to deliver Flash Player 10.1 to the original Droid and will provide an update as soon as possible.

Google Chrome Now Includes Built-In Flash Player

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Do you ever get tired of plug-in updates every time you update your browser? How about the incompatibility with your favorite plug-ins?

How about your work computer where you have to contact IT every time you need to get an update to your Windows 95?

Hopefully Google’s Chrome browser is paving the way towards a new way for software to work, where the plug-ins that make the web ‘just work’ do so right out of the box.

Earlier this morning, Google released a new stable version of Chrome, the company’s increasingly popular browser. This new release for Windows, Mac and Linux is the first stable version of Chrome to be distributed with a built-in version of Adobe’s widely used Flash Player. Just two days ago, Google enabled the built-in version of Flash in the beta channel versions of Chrome, where it had already been available earlier this year, though Google then disabled this feature after a while.

Even though Google is a strong backer of the open HTML5 and CSS3 standard, which can replicate a lot of Flash features, the company is also acutely aware that a lot of users and web developers still rely on Flash. When we talked to Bran Rakowski, Google’s product manager and director for Chrome, last month, he noted that Google thinks that by coupling Flash to the browser, Google can ensure that users will run a very recent and secure version of Flash.

Don’t Like Flash in Chrome? Just Disable It.

If you don’t want to use Flash in Chrome, you can just type “about:plugins” in the address bar in Chrome and disable the plug-in.

Google’s update mechanism ensures that the browser stays up to date, without any intervention from the user. In addition to this, Google can also test the specific version of Flash it distributes with the browser and ensure that it is stable. With its new crash protection feature in Firefox, Mozilla is also working hard to ensure that crashing Flash content can’t take the whole browser down and Apple and Opera offer a similar features in their browsers.

As CNET’s Stephen Shankland rightly notes, Adobe is also working hard to keep Flash relevant and with the latest version of the Flash Player (10.1), Adobe is also trying to gain a foothold on mobile devices. Google’s own Android operating system is one of the first to support mobile Flash.

from an article on Read Write Web

Steve Jobs: Flash is No Longer Necessary

Steve Jobs wrote an open letter regarding why he does not support Flash on the iPod touch, iPhone & iPad.

The main points he makes have to do with how the software is proprietary, it is not mobile-friendly and was created before the modern tools were available (HTML5, css & javascript).

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