Thursday, June 30, 2011

iPhone Hacker Geohot Now Working at Facebook

iPhone Hacker Geohot Now Working at Facebook: "iPhone and PS3 hacker George Hotz aka Geohot who has been off the limelight since the infamous Sony lawsuit is now working at Facebook according to p0sixninja of the Chronic dev team. The news was first uncovered by Tech Unwrapped and later verified by Gabe Rivera of Techmeme. He apparently joined Facebook in May and [...]


Samsung files ITC complaint, Google Swiffy transforms Flash video, iPhone 5 hinted at in LulzSec leak

Samsung files ITC complaint, Google Swiffy transforms Flash video, iPhone 5 hinted at in LulzSec leak: "

Samsung has filed a complaint against Apple with the ITC in the legal battle between the two firms. The ITC complaint seeks an import ban on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

Google unveiled Swiffy this week and the new service turns Flash video into HTML 5. The service may help the iPhone and other Apple gear to view Flash video and make Apple fans very happy.

Some hints at the iPhone 5 packing LTE surfaced in the final leak from hacker group LulzSec. According to the leaked docs, the smartphone will land in August or September.


Happy 4th Birthday, iPhone [Infographic]

Happy 4th Birthday, iPhone [Infographic]: "It has been 4 years since Apple launched the iPhone. It has been an amazing journey, which has involved the release of numerous versions of the iOS (which was initially called the iPhone OS), the launch of the App Store that has been a huge success with billions of apps downloaded, launch of iPhone 3G, [...]


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Google's New Interfaces

Google's New Interfaces: "After many weeks of testing, Google finally updated the homepage and search results pages. The changes aren't so radical, but they're still significant: there's a black navigation bar, two updated buttons for 'Google Search' and 'I'm Feeling Lucky', while the corporate links are moved to the bottom of the page.

Google says that this is just a small step from a redesign that will affect many other services. 'The new Google experience that we've begun working toward is founded on three key design principles: focus, elasticity and effortlessness. (...) With the design changes in the coming weeks and months, we're bringing forward the stuff that matters to you and getting all the other clutter out of your way. Even simple changes, like using bolder colors for actionable buttons or hiding navigation buttons until they're actually needed, can help you better focus on only what you need at the moment.'

The new navigation bar seems to draw unnecessary attention and some find it distracting, so it's not clear how it helps you 'better focus on only what you need at the moment'. Google's black bar is used in Google+, so it's likely that it will include other social features in the future.

Google also says that new design is flexible so that it can be used in the desktop interface, the smartphone interface, the tablet interface and even the interface for smart TVs. 'The new design will soon allow you to seamlessly transition from one device to another and have a consistent visual experience.' At the moment, I'm seeing a new mobile interface that doesn't have too much in common with the desktop interface:

While the interface continues to be simple and utilitarian, Google wants to use HTML5, WebGL and other new technologies to make Google's apps more powerful and better looking. 'Our design philosophy is to combine power with simplicity. We want to keep our look simple and clean, but behind the seemingly simple design, use new technologies like HTML5, WebGL and the latest, fastest browsers to make sure you have all the power of the web behind you,' explains Google.

Google promises to improve the user interface in Gmail in the coming months, but I think that many other apps will be redesigned and the main goal is to integrate with Google+. If you want a preview of Google's new interfaces, take a look at the Google+ project. Here's, for example, the new Google Maps design:

It's interesting to see that Google Maps added the label-less blue button from Google+, but Google Search still uses the regular button.

{ Thanks, Nikita. }


Google Swiffy Converts Flash to HTML5

Google Swiffy Converts Flash to HTML5: "Google Labs has a new useful tool for developers: Swiffy. The application allows you to convert Flash SWF files to HTML5, so you can use any supported modern browser to load the content, even if the browser happens to be Mobile Safari. 'Swiffy currently supports a subset of SWF 8 and ActionScript 2.0, and the output works in all Webkit browsers such as Chrome and Mobile Safari.'

Google's gallery includes two ads and two simple games that look pretty well when converted to HTML5, especially when you're using Chrome.

Swiffy uses some SVG features that are only available in WebKit browsers, so that's the reason why you can only use it in Chrome and Safari. Android's browser for smartphones doesn't support SVG and it's likely that the Android 3 implementation doesn't support the required features.

'A SWF file is converted in two phases: the Swiffy compiler (which you can use on this website) processes the SWF file and generates a JSON file. A client-side JavaScript runtime loads that JSON file and renders it using HTML, SVG and CSS. Swiffy supports many common SWF features such as vector graphics, embedded fonts, images and timeline animation. Basic ActionScript 2.0 code is also supported, but don't expect to convert your favorite Flash game yet. In general, Swiffy supports most of the features in Flash 5, so exporting your file as a Flash 5 will give the best results,' explains Google.

Unfortunately, the code generated by Google is difficult to edit, so you still have to go back to the original Flash file. Adobe has its own tool for converting FLA files to HTML5.


Google Takeout

Google Takeout: "Google wants to differentiate from Facebook by offering a lot of ways to export your data. Google Takeout is a feature that's included in Google+, but it's also available as a standalone service. You can use it to export your contacts, Google Buzz messages, Picasa Web photos and Profile data with one click.

'Google Takeout lets you take your data out of multiple Google products in one fell swoop. Moreover, you’ll find that all your data is in portable and open formats‚ so it's easy to import to other services quickly,' mentions the Data Liberation blog.

I've downloaded my data in a huge ZIP archive that included all my Buzz posts saved as HTML files, VCF files for my Gmail groups and the first 100 photos from each of my Picasa Web album. What's the point of downloading the first 100 photos?