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Adobe Flash Must Die, Apple Suffers From Staingate, & More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 14-07-2015

Facebook bashes Flash, Apple scrubs those stains, Walmart launches Black Friday 2, Nintendo suffers a loss, Spotify maps the world, and R5-D4 ends it all.


Facebook Fires Flash In the Pan

Everybody hates Adobe Flash, and Adobe Flash must die. That is the obvious conclusion to be drawn from the latest nail hammered into the coffin of Adobe Flash, with Facebook wielding the hammer on this particular occasion.

Previously slated by Steve Jobs and Apple, Flash is now getting hate from Alex Stamos, Facebook’s new Chief Security Officer. Stamos is such a fan of the proprietary multimedia platform that he’s asking for it to be executed without mercy.

As can be seen in the tweet embedded above, Stamos wants Adobe to announce an “end-of-life date for Flash” and for all browsers to kill it on that day. Which seems unlikely, despite the number of people openly declaring their hatred for Flash.

Adobe Flash has always been vulnerable to attacks, and two new vulnerabilities have emerged over the past week. We don’t often find ourselves agreeing with Facebook, but it really is time for Adobe Flash to be put out to pasture. HTML5’s time to shine What Is HTML5, And How Does It Change The Way I Browse? [MakeUseOf Explains] Over the past few years, you may have heard the term HTML5 every once in a while. Whether you know anything about web development or not, the concept can be somewhat nebulous and confusing. Obviously,... Read More is way overdue.

Apple Strains Under Staingate

After Bendgate Trolling Apple: The 18 Best Reactions To The iPhone 6 Bending [Weird & Wonderful Web] Apple was trolled hard over the iPhone 6 Plus bending, and we have compiled the best reactions to BendGate just for you. Read More , Apple is facing a new barrage of complaints from customers, with this one nicknamed Staingate by those who feel the need to add “Gate” to every drama. It’s called Staingate because owners of Macbooks are discovering stains spreading across the retina screens of their pricey computers.


The stains, which according to BBC News take the form of spots or patches appearing on the screen, are believed to be as a result of the “anti-reflective coating” peeling off. Unfortunately, this problem has affected some customers within months of them buying their machines.

A website set up to track the problem has more than 1,700 members, suggesting this is an uncommon problem given how many computers Apple sells each year. However, this hasn’t prevented affected users from demanding Tim Cook and co. take immediate action to remedy the situation. Because petitions always work Changing The World Is Easier Than You Think With These 3 Websites The definition of being an activist has changed over the years thanks to the Internet. It used to mean that you had to handwrite a petition and run around town getting signatures, or you had... Read More .

Welcome to Black Friday Part II

If you love Black Friday then you’re in for a treat, as Black Friday II is almost upon us. Except it’s on a Wednesday rather than a Friday, and there’s nothing particularly black about it. Still, it looks as though July 15th is going to be a day of bargains at two gigantic retailers.

Amazon previously announced July 15th is Prime Day Windows XP Is Almost Dead, Greece Cut Off From Online Economy & More... [Tech News Digest] XP expires, Greece struggles to pay, Microsoft announces Minecraft for Windows 10, Amazon promises Prime Day, Lifetime launches online video, and a floppy version of The Star-Spangled Banner. Read More , when Amazon Prime members will be offered countless discounts on products across the site. Now, Walmart wants in on the action, and is offering thousands of “rollbacks,” or discounts, to its customers on the same day. Even better, you don’t have to be a member of anything to qualify for the offers.


Satoru Iwata Tragically Dies Aged 55

Satoru Iwata, the CEO and President of Japanese gaming giant Nintendo, has passed away at the tender age of just 55. The much-loved chief executive died after a battle with cancer which saw him take part of 2014 off work to undergo surgery.

Iwata had been the figurehead of Nintendo since he joined the company in the year 2000. He is cited as one of the main reasons for Nintendo’s recent resurgence, with the DS and Wii consoles, both released under his leadership, taking the company to new heights Nintendo Going Mobile – Good or Bad For Gaming? Nintendo has just done a 180 and announced that it will be creating games for mobile devices. What does this imply, and is it a good idea? Read More .

He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by everyone in the industry.

Spotify Maps the World, Musically


Spotify has musically mapped the entire world, revealing the most distinctive music listened to in hundreds of cities around the globe. This Musical Map isn’t made up of the most popular songs in each city, but rather what residents listen to as opposed to people living in other cities.

Some of the music is popular in particular cities because the artists are from those cities. Others because there’s a particular connection. Others still appear to be popular entirely at random. And it’s no surprise to find the UK has fine taste in music Give Your Ears A Treat: 5 Alternative Ways To Discover New Music Online As we mature (or to put it more bluntly, grow old) our tastes in many things change. The movies that we loved as teenagers will no longer appeal, the food we turned our noses up... Read More . But then I might be biased.

Conan Loves R5-D4

And finally, who needs R2-D2 when you have R5-D4? Unfortunately, the lesser-known droid from Star Wars is no more, as he jumped out of the window of Conan O’Brien’s studio over the weekend. He just couldn’t take the unfair comparisons to his famous counterpart any longer.

Still, while he was alive (!?) R5-D4 was blessed with a malfunctioning motivator. Which is similar to the condition I suffer when faced with starting work at 7am on a Monday morning. Copious amounts of coffee works for me, but alas, R5-D4 never found the vice he needed to cope with life. Shame. [H/T CNET]


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you agree that Flash must die? Has your Macbook succumbed to screen damage? Is one Black Friday more than enough? How should Nintendo honor Satoru Iwata? What’s your favorite city in terms of the music it has produced?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 20, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I don't like overuse of Flash (same as overuse of anything!). But, I don't have any problem with normal use of Flash. Flash animations are nice (and often borring ;) ), games are OK, same with video...

    I even use Flash sometimes on my tablet (KitKat) and phone (Lollipop), via FlashFox (custom made Firefox Mobile with support for Flash).

    My suggestion: let Flash die by itself. Those who don't like it should offer GOOD alternative (maybe Shumway will be good?) and Adobe will kill Flash when they realize that only few people still using it. Until than... Flash! Ah aaaaaahhh! Savior of the universe!

  2. Anonymous
    July 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I have hated flash forever. I have no control and anytjhing and everything flash displays is locked up. I also seem to get errors all the time which I think is flash locking up. Whatever comes after flash will be just as bad because it will be written by those who want to control ALL content!!!!!

  3. Anonymous
    July 17, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I don't really get all the "hate" about flash. In fact I think the only ones that really complain about it are us geeks and nerds. There have always been people that misuse flash, like websites that contain nothing but flash animations, and how long would we stay at those websites. There's always going to be ads, so when we switch to 100% html5 there will be html5 ads. Exploits? Arguably a legitimate concern, however, nothing is foolproof. You'll always have hackers/crackers (I mean the bad kind of hacker not the original meaning), so once html5 becomes the main focus guess what? Hackers will target html5.

    I'm telling you once flash is actually dead we'll have the same kinds of problems with html5 and anything else that comes down the road. One thing I do know, and that is, I've been able to play all kinds of cool games, and watch nice streaming videos via flash, now of course html5 is able to do this, and will probably replace flash, however, it's not going to go as fast as some of you would like. I like the change to html5, but I don't have all this hate for flash because really there's nothing to hate but bad people doing bad things with technology.

  4. Anonymous
    July 17, 2015 at 4:41 am

    I find something strange about this "flash" business.

    I listen to an internet jazz radio station most of the times. On firefos based broswer it won't play without flas. However on chrome it plays without any hitch. Same with my Nexus 7 tablet and Samsung Grand smartphone. What fives?

    • Dave Parrack
      July 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      I honestly haven't got a clue beyond making sure your settings are the same for both browsers. Here's hoping another reader chimes in with a possible solution...

  5. Anonymous
    July 17, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Its time for a lot of things to die, they will only die when those that depend on them and those that are foolish enough to continue to allow it to run on their computers get rid of it. I have disabled flash on everything and I refuse to enable it. Most of the time when the browser asks for it to be enabled it is for some trash advertisement that wants to abuse me.

    It is funny that Facebook wants to abandon it when there are so many Facebook games built on the technology. Seems to me they are being overzealous but yea, it is time developers drop it in favor of HTML5!!!

  6. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Bart is Super correct

  7. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    FLASH!!! As others have noted, IF there is a replacement, let's SEE it! I too decided to just uninstall it instead of waiting for an update (i.e. Mozilla blocking it). HEY! guess what? NO MORE viewing videos on most sites, NO uploading pictures on Facebook!! IF the major social sites are so worried (and maybe they should be) WHY haven't THEY already provided the acceptable alternative???? USERS want FUNCTIONALITY!! I don't care if you call it HTML5 or Flash - _I_ want seamless picture/video uploading/downloading.

  8. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Yeah, I'd like to see flash go away too but it ain't going anywhere as long as sites (I'm talikin' to YOU, MUO) insist on using it. Hell, there's at least 3 flash vids on this page alone!

    • Dave Parrack
      July 17, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Are we talking the YouTube videos embedded in the article or ads? If ads, that's out of our hands. I assumed the videos were HTML5, as most YouTube videos are these days.

      • Anonymous
        July 17, 2015 at 6:20 pm

        Instead of loading, the vids on this page gave me one of those "adobe flash blocked" notices.

  9. Anonymous
    July 16, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Once porn sites switch fully to HTML5 video, Flash will die a quick death.

  10. Anonymous
    July 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Here's the problem. I've uninstalled Flash many times before, and each time, I've had a pile of videos that I couldn't play because they required Flash. I'm not talking Youtube. I'm talking many other sites. I have a feeling this is more political than anything, because if these companies really cared for security issues, THEY WOULD FIX IT, NOT KILL IT.

    • Dave Parrack
      July 17, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      You make a good point. We need sites to switch away from using Flash videos before Adobe will even consider killing it.