Remains of the Day: Helter skelter
Apple’s got the Beatles all to itself—at least for a while; RIM’s mythical tablet faces off against the iPad; and Adobe says that the amazing battery-eating Flash isn’t its fault. Really. When the remainders for Tuesday, November 16, 2010 get to the bottom they go back to the top of the slide.
Apple has Beatles exclusive until 2011 (The Loop)
The Fab Four’s new digital presence is iTunes-only—or so an Apple spokesperson tells The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple. But they declined to say exactly when in 2011. Perhaps they’ll let us know a day beforehand, with a huge homepage-dominating banner.
A demo pits RIM’s PlayBook against the iPad in Web rendering and, surprisingly enough, the PlayBook seems to eke out a win, even with Flash installed. Then again, as long as we’re including unreleased products in this showdown, the iPad 2 beats the pants off the PlayBook.
Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s head honcho, said that the reason battery life degrades on the MacBook Air when Flash is installed is simply because Adobe doesn’t get access to hardware acceleration. And they’ll prove it, as they’re working on a version of Flash optimized for the Air. Which hopefully they haven’t confused with Adobe AIR.