Apple has announced that the next version of Safari will block Flash and other legacy plug-ins by default. The browser will trick websites into thinking that Flash isn't available resulting in a user prompt to install Flash.
Google have revealed plans to sideline Flash in their Chrome browser. In the draft proposal "HTML5 by Default" Chrome's technical program manager says "Later this year we plan to change how Chromium hints to websites about the presence of Flash Player. If a site offers an HTML5 experience, this change will make that the primary experience."
The long, painful death of Adobe's Flash continues, with Google announcing the company's display network will soon stop running Flash ads. In an official post the company said "to enhance the browsing experience for more people on more devices, the Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing are now going 100% HTML5."
Adobe have announced the end of Flash Professional, replacing it with Animate CC -- a "premier web animation tool for developing HTML5 content".
With Chrome 45 only the main Flash content will be enabled, the rest being paused unless the user decides to manually start it.
Symantec is reporting that the zero-day vulnerability discovered (and weaponised) in the HackDay leak allows for remote code execution. Adobe will be updating Flash in the near future but disabling Flash may be the only solution at the moment.
Microsoft has released secruity improvements to Internet Explorer, fixing a vulnerablity that could allow an attacker to take control of a user's system. But according to Robert Freeman, manager of IBM X-Force Research, the issue was reported to Microsoft with a working proof-of-concept back in May 2014 -- and the issue is far older.
Adobe has released Brackets 1.0, its open source code editor for web designers and front-end developers. Web developer evangelist Ryan Stewart says in the past three years the team has been very busy adding features to help make Brackets a world class text-editor. Declaring this release as 1.0 is our way of telling the world that Brackets is ready.
Taking a detour from their original pure-HTML5 approach to mobile development, Mozilla has been working on adding support for Firefox OS to Cordova, which has happened with the latest Cordova 3.4.0.
Microsoft has announced increased Flash support on IE10 running on Windows 8 and Windows RT. This content will now be enabled to run by default and solidifies Flash's position on the Windows platform.
Flash4j is a Java API (initially a wrapper over Apache Flex) that offers Java developers a familiar way to develop Flash applications in pure Java without knowledge of ActionScript.
ASF recently announced the Apache Flex graduation as a top level project (TLP) after being in incubation for about one year after Adobe entrusted the SDK’s source code, tools and dependencies to ASF.
In the //Build/, Mike Downey demonstrated the key technologies that are employed by developers to create advanced media rich applications using Windows 8.
Adobe Systems has recently released PhoneGap 2.0. PhoneGap provides the ability to build applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Palm WebOS, Samsung Bada and Symbian. PhoneGap 2.0 includes support for Cordova WebView, which enables developers to wrap a web application as a native app by using the browser control available in all the mobile platforms.