One of the most prominent features of the new decade is the move by governments to open up access to their data. Federal, state and local government entities have begun to proactively share their data though websites such as data.gov and Massachusetts Open Data Initiative. Citizens too are increasing engaging with this data in interesting ways. (more…)
Creative Stride, one of Boston’s leading SOMWBA-certified new media, technology and marketing communications firms, has been awarded the ITS43 – Technical Specialist Statewide Contract. Creative Stride was specifically selected for the Software and Systems Development category, which includes all aspects of planning, design, coding, testing, validating, and maintaining a software application or system.
The relevant specialties that Creative Stride is eligible to perform under the contract are: (more…)
In a long letter has provided reasons why Abode’s Flash is not allowed on , iPods and iPads. also ran a full-page ad in various newspapers articulating key company beliefs and its founders & Chuck Geschke suggested in a letter that ‘s decision to reject may undermine Apple’s next phase on the web. They spoke about Adobe’s business philosophy being driven by an open market:
Adobe’s business philosophy is based on a premise that, in an open market, the best products will win in the end — and the best way to compete is to create the best technology and innovate faster than your competitors.
Jobs directly confronted Adobe’s claim and remarked that Flash–as a proprietary technology–is not open and highly taxing on mobile devices.
Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.
He emphasized that Apple decision to not allow Flash is based on a set of technology issues rather than a business decision to protect its App Store, as claimed by Adobe. Instead of using Flash, Apple has embraced (more…), CSS and because they are technologies based on open-standards.
Apple’s iPad is the new game in town. In spite of its many drawbacks, it is likely to have groundbreaking applications in some verticals such as publishing and healthcare. Not surprisingly, Silicon Valley’s leading venture capitalist Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers is putting $100 million towards funding developers building for the iPad device. The fund dubbed iFund is aimed at mobile healthcare initiatives, personalized media, mobile education, mobile commerce and mobile gaming. (more…)