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White House Science Fair praises future scientists and makers

By Alex Howard
April 29, 2013

There are few ways to better judge a nation’s character than to look at how its children are educated. What values do their parents, teachers and mentors demonstrate? What accomplishments are celebrated? In a world where championship sports teams are …

Three years of TOC at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

By Sarah Towle
April 11, 2013

O’Reilly Media took its Tools of Change in Publishing Conference to Italy for the first time in 2011, teaming up with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair organizers to focus on opportunities for children’s content in digital publishing. That year the …

Inspired by children’s ebooks

By Joe Wikert
March 27, 2013

The third TOC Bologna took place this past Sunday on the eve of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. It was a terrific show and closed with a session announcing the winners of the Bologna Ragazzi Awards for digital publishing. You’ll …

TOC Trifecta: This week’s must-read trio (Oct. 3, 2012)

By Joe Wikert
October 3, 2012

Ditch digital — That was the goal of these pitches from the land Down Under. DRM’s unintended consequences – Have you ever thought about the impact your DRM decision has on the visually impaired? You should. What to do in Frankfurt …

Everyone loves a science fair

By Alistair Croll
January 4, 2011

Strata's science fair will showcase the creative edges of big data. If you have an interesting tool or technology to show -- the more beta, the better -- let us know.

2011 Conferences

By Jesse Freeman
December 28, 2010

Here are a list of conferences worth checking out in 2011.

delicious-flex-client (a.ka.a 'Yumify')

By Mike Slinn
December 21, 2010

What with the ongoing drama around Yahoo's Delicious product, I discovered that there are many alternative services with similar features. I moved to Pinboard, which has a compatible API. I whipped up an open source management client for Delicious and...

AIR For Android On Tablets

By Jesse Freeman
December 14, 2010

This was a big year for Flash on Mobile devices. Not only has Flash finally made its way onto Android, Android itself is taking over the mobile space in a big way. It is clear that Adobe has a vested...

Announcing TOC Bologna

By Kat Meyer
November 26, 2010

O'Reilly Media and the Bologna Children's Book Fair today announce the first Tools of Change for Publishing event at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. TOC Bologna will be a one day conference held on Sunday 27 March 2011, focussing on digital and mobile technology.

Announcing TOC Bologna

By Kat Meyer
November 26, 2010

O'Reilly Media and the Bologna Children's Book Fair today announce the first Tools of Change for Publishing event at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. TOC Bologna will be a one day conference held on Sunday 27 March 2011, focussing on digital and mobile technology.

NMEA2000 Design Tool AIR Application

By Mike Slinn
October 29, 2010

If you are an avid sailor or power boater, you might have heard about the NMEA 2000 standard. Originally based on the CAN bus technology introduced for cars in 1986, NMEA 2000 carries instrumentation and control information and is designed...

Create your 1st Flex based AIR on Android Application

By Rich Tretola
October 25, 2010

Flex Builder Burrito is finally here and I know that you are chomping at the bit to start building Flex based Android applications. This tutorial will walk you through creating your first Flex Multi Screen application for Adobe AIR on...

Adobe AIR for Android Now Available

By Rich Tretola
October 8, 2010

The Adobe AIR runtime for Android devises is now available in the Android Marketplace. Go get it today!...

Bookish Techy Week in Review

By Kat Meyer
October 1, 2010

This week we noticed: Snooki getting a book deal; Google taking an instant dislike to certain word searches; children liking ebooks; Amazon setting up shop at Facebook; Babylonian poetry finding its voice; and some people cutting up their personal library books.

Bookish Techy Week in Review

By Kat Meyer
October 1, 2010

This week we noticed: Snooki getting a book deal; Google taking an instant dislike to certain word searches; children liking ebooks; Amazon setting up shop at Facebook; Babylonian poetry finding its voice; and some people cutting up their personal library books.

RIAUnleashed - a two day Flash conference in Boston

By Elad Elrom
September 24, 2010

I want to talk about an awesome event coming up November 11, 2010 called RIA Unleashed. I attended this event for the first time last year and it was awesome! They had the top speakers in the industry, great topics...

Introducing AntPile

By Jesse Freeman
September 13, 2010

AntPile is an AS 3 project template complete with ANT build script and unit testing scaffolding. It also supports automating Air for Android APK compiling and deploying to phones.

Flex 4.1 and Flash Builder 4.0.1 released

By RJ Owen
July 1, 2010

It's a good day for Flex news. Hot off the heals of the Hero announcement is the announcement that Adobe has released the Flex 4.1 SDK and an update to Flash Builder 4.

Announcing Hero, the next Flex SDK

By RJ Owen
July 1, 2010

Today Adobe announced "Hero", the next version of the Flex SDK. Hero builds on previous versions of Flex and focuses on bringing full multi-screen development (Mobile), updates to the Spark component set, and improving existing features for building large-scale applications. Hero will be officially released sometime in the second half of this year with plans for a final release in 2011.

Flex 4.1 and Flash Builder 4.0.1 released

By RJ Owen
July 1, 2010

It's a good day for Flex news. Hot off the heals of the Hero announcement is the announcement that Adobe has released the Flex 4.1 SDK and an update to Flash Builder 4.

Announcing Hero, the next Flex SDK

By RJ Owen
July 1, 2010

Today Adobe announced "Hero", the next version of the Flex SDK. Hero builds on previous versions of Flex and focuses on bringing full multi-screen development (Mobile), updates to the Spark component set, and improving existing features for building large-scale applications. Hero will be officially released sometime in the second half of this year with plans for a final release in 2011.

Androideroids: Grant Skinner's Multi-Screen Asteroids Game

By RJ Owen
June 22, 2010

Flash Platform whiz Grant Skinner has released a video of his latest project. Dubbed "Androideroids", it is a multi-player version of the game Asteroids in which players control their individual ships using Android phones which connect to a desktop client that displays the full game. The game is powered by Adobe AIR, with an AIR client running on a laptop connected to the main screen and AIR clients running on each mobile device to control the individual ships.

Androideroids: Grant Skinner's Multi-Screen Asteroids Game

By RJ Owen
June 22, 2010

Flash Platform whiz Grant Skinner has released a video of his latest project. Dubbed "Androideroids", it is a multi-player version of the game Asteroids in which players control their individual ships using Android phones which connect to a desktop client that displays the full game. The game is powered by Adobe AIR, with an AIR client running on a laptop connected to the main screen and AIR clients running on each mobile device to control the individual ships.

Flash Camp Manchester

By Rich Tretola
June 21, 2010

Last year Flash Midlands staged Flash Camp Birmingham, a completely free event that attracted over 200 Flash professionals for a day of inspiring presentations and networking opportunities. This year we've gone a little further and put Manchester on the Flash...

AIR 2.0 NativeProcess API - What’s It Good For?

By Joseph Labrecque
June 15, 2010

While there are a few examples available for connecting AIR applications to native operating system processes today, most of them are basic "Hello World" examples, or happen to be purely theoretical. I've only come across one or two real...

What the AIR 2.0 and FP 10.1 releases mean to you

By RJ Owen
June 10, 2010

Adobe has somewhat silently released AIR 2.0 and Flash Player 10.1 today. If you haven't been part of the pre-release, here's what these releases mean to you.

Flex 4 Cookbook $9.99 (ebook)

By Rich Tretola
June 10, 2010

The O'Reilly eBook deal of the day is the Flex 4 cookbook by Joshua Noble, Todd Anderson, Garth Braithwaite, Marco Casario, and Rich Tretola. Today Only! You can get it for only $9.99. Flex 4 Cookbook http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596805623/ Use discount...

Building Flash Frogger For Android In A Week

By Jesse Freeman
June 8, 2010

Advanced Flash Tactics or AFTs are techniques that come from deep within the Flash Art Of War, the oldest Flash military treatise in the world. In this AFT I will go over - Building Flash Frogger For Android In...

AIR On Android Overview

By Jesse Freeman
May 24, 2010

At GoogleIO Adobe announced that Flash Player 10.1 and AIR for Android will be released for Android 2.2. However that wasn’t the only thing they announce. As of the 20th anyone can download the AIR Prerelease and begin testing...

AIR for Android Public Beta

By Rich Tretola
May 20, 2010

Adobe announced AIR for Android Public Beta this morning at Google I/O. To join this beta program, please visit http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/air2/android/

Adobe AIR 2.0 RC Available on Adobe Labs

By Andrew Trice
May 11, 2010

The release candidate for Adobe AIR 2.0 is now available on Adobe Labs. Great job Adobe!

Flash Player Mobile and Adobe AIR Mobile

By Rich Tretola
February 15, 2010

In case you missed the announcement early this morning, Adobe has outlined their time line for getting Flash Player mobile and Adobe AIR mobile rolled out. Here are a few excerpts; "Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE - News) today announced advancements...

AIR 2.0 Beta 2 released

By RJ Owen
February 2, 2010

Today Adobe announced the release of the AIR 2.0 beta 2 on Adobe Labs, capping off a successful period of production and demo apps in built in beta 1. Some of the new features include enhanced control over printers, support for TLS/SSL sockets, and increased text input handling.

New knowledge exchange for Flex/Flash/AIR developers

By Yakov Fain
November 24, 2009

There are about 250K developers working with Flex and AIR. If you add an army of ActionScript developers, this number will grow substantially. Where do you go if you have a technical issue while developing RIA? As of today, there...

Metadata and the Flash Platform

By Russ Ferguson
November 23, 2009

Readers of this site are familiar with the concept of metadata. Meta tags in websites for example, describe the site and the individual pages within. Files can also have meta data, this can be anything from where in the world that picture was taken and that kind of camera, to the track number of the mp3 your listening to.

RIA Unleashed Boston Conference - My thoughts

By Scott Janousek
November 19, 2009

Kevin Shuttle already beat me to the proverbial punch with his review, but I'd to share some of my thoughts on a recent Boston based conference called RIA Unleashed. This developer focused event was recently held at Bentley College, Waltham,...

AIR 2.0 and FP 10.1 now Available on Adobe Labs

By Andrew Trice
November 17, 2009

The Adobe AIR 2.0 and Flash Player 10.1 betas are now available on Adobe Labs. You can download AIR 2.0 directly from: ttp://labs.adobe.com/technologies/air2/ You can download Flash Player 10.1 directly from: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/

jQuery and AIR - Moving from web page to application (3)

By Raymond Camden
November 5, 2009

The third part of my series on creating a jQuery AIR game - Hangman. In this entry I discuss some architecture changes I made to the JavaScript and some new database support.

New Flash Builder for the Force.com Platform

By Michael Epstein
October 27, 2009

Yesterday Adobe and Salesforce.com announced the preview release of Adobe Flash Builder for Force.com. It's an integrated development environment (IDE) designed to simplify the building of Flex or AIR applications that interact with back-end Force.com data and services.

Multi-touch and the Flash Platform

By Andrew Trice
October 14, 2009

One of the big announcements at MAX this year was Flash on devices. As the capabilities of devices change, so do the capabilities of the platforms we use to build our applications. One of the latest trends is Multi-touch. In this post, I'll try to shed some light on the upcoming multitouch capabilities in AIR 2.0 and Flash Player 10.1.

AIR 2 Enhancements Complete Overview

By Elad Elrom
October 7, 2009

Adobe just released public information about AIR 2.0 and added new capabilities that better tie with the operation systems which gives your application more control while increasing performance. The new version will be deployed on Flash player 10 using Flex...

RIA Radio, Live at Adobe MAX - Rob Christensen

By Garth Braithwaite
October 7, 2009

Rob Christensen (Product Manager for AIR) joined us to talk about the great new features planned for AIR 2.0 including new installer options, USB mass storage support, microphone access, UDP support, and a bunch more.

jQuery and AIR - Moving from web page to application (2)

By Raymond Camden
October 1, 2009

As a followup to my previous entry, I discuss modifying my Hangman game to make use of a database of words.

jQuery and AIR - Moving from web page to application

By Raymond Camden
September 28, 2009

This blog entry discusses a new jQuery-based AIR game, Hangman. It doesn't yet make much use of the AIR platform, but further enhancements will demonstrate how we can effectively use jQuery and AIR together.

Using Aptana Studio to build jQuery/AIR Applications (3)

By Raymond Camden
September 17, 2009

A look at how to create an AIR Badge page with Aptana studio.

Bringing Football Highlights To Your Desktop with AIR

By Andrew Trice
September 11, 2009

In the spirit of tonight's first NFL game of the season, I decided to put together an example that integrates feeds from NFL.com and brings it directly to your desktop. This is a basic example that demonstrates how to use Flash Builder's data wizards to consume data from a public rss feed as a HTTPService.

Branding 101 for Developers - Part 4 of 4

By Sidney de Koning
September 3, 2009

Get it out there! I know for a fact that developers are lazy people (myself included). I'd rather write 200 lines of code for some time-consuming task one time instead of writing 250 lines every single time.

Branding 101 for Developers - Part 3 of 4

By Sidney de Koning
August 31, 2009

So you've written your AIR application, now what? What does it take to create a successful AIR application? What is an identity and what does it have to do with AIR? And what steps do you need to take before releasing it? In part 3 of this series I'll share my ideas about my personal quest and lessons learned the hard way.

Using Aptana Studio to build jQuery/AIR Applications (2)

By Raymond Camden
August 29, 2009

A follow up to my previous entry on creating a simple jQuery based AIR application using the Aptana Studio product.

Augmenting Reality with the iPhone - Acrossair's Nearest Tube will be one of the first "Terminator Vision" applications

Augmenting Reality with the iPhone - Acrossair's Nearest Tube will be one of the first
By James Turner
August 27, 2009

With the release of the 3.1 iPhone OS, application developers will finally be able to develop augmented reality (AR) apps. In other words, Terminator Vision is right around the corner. I recently talked to Chetan Damani, one of the founders of Acrossair, about their new AR applications, Nearest Tube, and what's involved in developing AR applications for the iPhone.


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