Posts Tagged ‘flash’

Adobe Talks Flash, Bemoans HTML5

February 4, 2010

It seems that Adobe hasn’t been appreciating the treatment it’s been getting in the media lately, which some particularly critical responses spurred by news that Apple’s iPad wouldn’t boast Flash compatibility.

Indeed, so negative has the response been that Adobe’s own chief technology officer, Kevin Lynch penning a blog, now posted to Adobe’s Featured Blogs, extolling the virtues of Flash and, without ever damning HTML5, subtly indicating that he feels it’s nowhere near as widely applicable as Flash when it comes to dishing up content. Indeed, Lynch is fairly forward, making the Apple connection himself early in the blog post when he says,



Jobs has Harsh Words for Google, Adobe

February 2, 2010

It seems that Steve Jobs has had some fairly harsh criticisms for both Google and Adobe, both of whose products have seen some unfavourable comparisons made with Apple’s own.

Indeed, the issue between Apple and Adobe is a long running one, and it’s only deepened in recent months since Adobe announced that it was willing on putting some work into developing a version of Flash for Apple’s iPhone OS, which runs both the iPhone and iPod Touch, and now the tablet-styled iPad. Indeed, it seems that Apple wasn’t quite as receptive to the idea as Adobe would have likes, so it seems that the project is on hold. Jobs words for Adobe were harshest, with Wired reporting him as having said that,


Last Minute Christmas Gifts

December 21, 2009

Good morning all. Those of you who keep up with us on Twitter will already know that 1300 today is the closing date for people who want orders to be delivered to them in time for Christmas via An Post. With that in mind, there’s a little under three hours to get last minute orders in.

There are a few things that will always go down well, won’t break the bank and just about everyone will find a use for over the coming year that we think will make fine last-minute Christmas presents for those who haven’t managed to get all of their shopping done yet (and let’s not kid ourselves, we’re firmly in that category ourselves).

Western Digital Elements 1TB:

Western Digital’s Elements 1TB external hard drive is a simple enough thing to pick up for Christmas, but it’s also one of those “gifts that keeps on giving.” Moreover, it’s only €79, which means you can grab one for your nearest and dearest without bankrupting yourself.

Click through to see our page for the WD Elements 1TB hard drive 🙂

There’s nothing like giving someone the gift of not having to worry about deleting things; it’s relatively simple, but hard drive purchases are something that tend to get put on the long finger until, eventually, you realise you’ve got a fast-filling hard drive in your main machine and nowhere to put whatever is taking up your space.

Better still, there’s nothing like being there when someone is restoring a machine from a backup and having the self-satisfied little grin that says, “He only has that backup because picked up the drive.”

It’s the little things that help make it through Christmas, but the promise of being able to be smug later on is a bonus. You can check out the Western Digital Elements 1TB in more detail on our product page for it if you’re interested.


Toshiba’s 64GB Flash to Enable 128GB iPod Touch?

December 16, 2009

Toshiba has announced a new, high capacity NAND flash module, boasting capacities of up to 64GB on a single chip. This latest NAND module is the highest capacity in the industry, and could shake things up a bit.

TomsHardware is reporting that the latest rumours going around indicate that we could well see Toshiba’s new NAND modules find their way into a next-generation version of Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. That rumour is only enforced by the fact that the Apple hardware is already carrying some of Toshiba’s flash memory, which would make it a fairly clear upgrade path, if the company is willing to do it.


Seagate Moving into SSDs

December 8, 2009

Seagate has announced that it’s moving into the solid-state storage market, showing off a 2.5” drive that’s only seven millimetres thick, which makes it that bit thinner than the vast majority of SSDs.

Engadget is reporting that Seagate’s Momentus will likely top out at around the 320GB mark, which isn’t too bad for an SSD at all, and is likely what keeps it so thin. It’s already been pointed out, at some length, by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, that netbooks might well be the bee’s knees when it comes to portable computing for now, but that times are likely to change relatively soon. Ballmer seems to be of the opinion that netbooks will be succeeded by what he terms, “ultra-thin” notebooks.


OCZ Reveals 1TB SSD

November 18, 2009

OCZ has taken time to show off its latest solid state drive
(SSD), which ups the solid state storage ante, weighing in at fully 1TB of flash memory, though it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.

SSDs have long been capped at lower sizes due to the very simple combination of prohibitive cost and the fact that making something with that much storage out of flash memory is just a touch impractical. Still, now that OCZ has managed to smash its way up to the 1TB mark, it’s worth killing off the hopes and dreams of anyone looking to pick one up… it’ll set you back something in and around the princely sum of €2392.


Slippery Flash Exploit Hits Gmail, YouTube, Flikr

November 16, 2009

Word has emerged of a new vulnerability in Adobe’s Flash that seems as though it may well be entirely unpatchable, leaving web users in a fairly untenable position securitywise.

Adobe Flash logo

While Flash has long been criticised as something of a security risk, a large portion of that risk normally tends to be associated with the manner in which users are expected to keep a Flash player up to date in their own browsers. In that respect, if in no other, the emergence of a Flash exploit that could well prove to be entirely unpatchable is very worrying indeed. Moreover, the list of potentially exploitable sites includes names as big as Gmail, Flikr and YouTube.


Flash To Hit Smartphones By 2010

October 5, 2009

With the launch of Flash 10.1 Adobe is boasting Flash support soon to be added to a number of smartphones and mobile devices.

adobe flash logo

The BBC is reporting that Adobe is to push a full-featured version of Flash to most “higher-end” handsets by 2010, which means the next couple of months should see those manufacturers who manage to be ahead of the curve touting Flash compatibility on their various smartphones.

If nothing else, this will open up a rich world of web-based applications and video to users with devices capable of handling the content. It’ll also stand as one of the biggest points against Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch lines. While the iPhone and iPod Touch both support YouTube, Flash support in Apple’s mobile version of its Safari browser has been a noticeable omission.


Product Spotlight – USB Flash Drives

September 15, 2009

Hey there all, continuing the theme this week we’re running product spotlights on some of the most impressive products in our Crazy Week sale (which you guys should definitely check out, there are a lot of things marked down by more than twenty percent).

Anyway, we’re offering some excellent deals on USB sticks that are well worth checking out. The products spotlit for today are two very different memory sticks, but between them they should keep you covered for pretty much every eventuality.

Kingston DataTraveler Mini Slim 8GB:

The first is Kingston’s DataTraveler Mini Slim at €15.01. First off, it’s excellent to be able to recommend a USB stick at just a shade over €15 that’s fully 8GB, but at the same time, it’s one of that charming style of USB devices that manages to be so very small as to not have the usual USB arrangement.

Click through to see the product page for the Kingston DataTraveler 8GB :)

Click through to see the product page for the Kingston DataTraveler 8GB 🙂

As you can tell from the above image, it’s of that strange variety of USB devices that slots directly into the USB port itself. If nothing else it’s one of the most elegant USB sticks we sell, and being able to offer 23% off it is always an excellent deal. That said, it is a poor choice for people who tend to get things lost though it does boast a slot for it to be attached to a keyring, which should prevent most of us from losing it.

Still, if you’re the kind of person who runs through multiple USB sticks in a month or two then you might prefer the device below.

Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB:

By contrast to the DataTraveler, Corsair’s Flash Voyager is a ore rugged and heavy duty affair. It’s also more deserving of the title “thumbg-drive” than just about anything else on offer, being as it is almost exactly the same size as a big thumb. Moreover, it’s also 8GB for €15.01 this week.

Click through to see our Product Page for the Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB

Click through to see our Product Page for the Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB

It’s nice to be able to say that, all things being equal (in terms of cost and capacity) the only reasons to choose between the two devices are down to personal preference. The Corsair certainly has durability on its side though and has one a slew of awards, which you can see on its product page.

Corsair’s Flash Voyager is down 17% this week, while Kingston’s Data Traveler Mini Slim is down 23%. Remember that delivery to our pickup point is free too, so if you’re within driving distance then the €15.01 is all you’ll have to pay for either stick 🙂

Mozilla Launches Firefox 3.5.3

September 10, 2009

Mozilla has released the latest version of its new browser, pulling Firefox up to version 3.5.3.


Firefox 3.5.3 we’re told fixes a series of bugs that had been teething at the browser, while patching some security vulnerabilities. Overall, it’s also more stable than 3.5.2. Moreover, it adds to Firefox the ability to check and make sure that Adobe’s Flash Player is up to date and prompt users to update the player if they happen not to be running the most recent version, which Mozilla is hoping will help plug up security vulnerabilities caused by outdated versions.