Adobe just announced that the NFL is going to use Flash to deliver live, online streaming video for NBC Sunday and Thursday night football games. You can go watch the games on NBCSports.
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The technology and business implications of the next generation of software, rich Internet applications.
Ryan Stewart holds an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is now a Rich Internet Application developer and industry analyst. After graduating from Penn, he spent two years developing applications for the Wharton School and pushing the idea of the web as a platform for learning. Ryan now lives in Seattle with his wife and works as a developer for WorldClass Strategy while running his own consulting company, helping clients build and architect Rich Internet Applications. </p>
This week I've been putting together slides and preparing for my talk at Web 2.0 Expo New York City.
Google announced Google Chrome yesterday with a slick little comic and a bunch of good ideas about how to improve the browser. Even though I think everyone agrees that the shine of Google has worn off, if you picturd all of the things that should be in a Google browser, this pretty much covers it.
Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.I watched the Mozilla Ubiquity video last night and it struck a chord.
Much has been made of NBC's Olympic numbers, which had the rights for online video in the US, and what that means for Silverlight. I thought the app was solid, the video quality was good, and all in all it was a win for Microsoft and RIAs.
There was a lot of buzz around the fact that Silverlight was going to be use at the Democratic national convention for video (my post here) and off the heels of the Olympics, it seemed like a good thing for Microsoft to get into and I was really looking forward to a good RIA experience for the convention.
Photosynth launched last week to a lot of fanfare and it’s definitely one of the coolest things I've seen come out of Microsoft. It's also one of the more interesting RIA examples out there.
I've always taken two things as given. One, RIAs provide a far better experience for every day users and make them more productive.
Dion Almaer blogged this morning about the new GeoLocation API in Gears. As a Geo-nut, I'm pretty impressed with how well it's implemented.
Rich media on the internet could be getting another big win if the NBA decides to go through with its plan to stream games to people in local markets. The NBA isn't the first sports league to stream live games, MLB offers a streaming package and the NFL is going to stream some of their national games that are slated for NBC, but this is the first time that local games would be streamed.
Update: I found out that this is the second most hated post on ZDNet in the past 90 days. That's an impressive and dubious honor and it was a wakeup call not to do posts like this.
Beet.tv has a post on the news that Adobe is going to be adding voice-to-text functionality inside of Flash video that will be added to the video as metadata.
I've been playing with Flare, an ActionScript library for creating basically any kind of visualization you want from graphs/charts to interactive graphics. It's a great example of being able to use an RIA technology for exactly what it excels at - powerful graphics.
Gmail pulled a fail whale and a number of people are talking about how their productivity was damaged. Systems are going to go down, it's a fact of life.
Tom Steinert-Threlkeld has a great rundown of the numbers behind this weekend's Olympic coverage. The highest day of coverage was on August 10th and it saw about 3.