Spool, which offers a nifty service for saving Web videos and articles for later viewing offline on Android, iOS and HTML5-compatible devices, has raised $1 million in funding from SV Angel, Felicis Ventures, Vivi Nevo and others. The Spool service is made for commuters, travelers and people with limited mobile data plans. It automatically downloads and syncs content between devices when possible. It’s still in limited beta testing, but Spool co-founder Avichal Garg said to expect broader availability in the next few months. This isn’t just a storage service. Users can store links for their own private use, and also in the process send them to one or more of their Facebook friends. While Spool might be most easily compared to services like Readability, Read It Later and Instapaper, Garg made other comparisons.
Adobe Recasts Flash as an App Builder and Embraces HTML5, the Flash Mobile Killer
. . . you can’t play Flash content on an iPhone or iPad?! Well, you can cross that argument off the mobile decision list. As we predicted back in early October: Adobe Kills Flash. According to a scoop last night on ZDNet, Adobe has announced that they are stopping development on Flash Player for mobile browsers. ”Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations.”
Adobe is, in fact, finally heeding Steve Jobs’ advice. In a public letter – below – about Flash last year, Jobs said, “Even if iPhones, iPods and iPads ran Flash, it would not solve the problem that most Flash websites need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices. New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind” Read the full article »»»»
Each acquisition gives Adobe a solid new starting point for the missing points of new-age web technology. Terms haven’t been disclosed, it’s not clear whether Adobe had to pay a premium for the companies. The TypeKit acquisition is complete, the Nitobi pickup is subject to closing conditions that should be met by month end, Adobe said. Read the full article »»»»