8 – Rome, Chrome and Angry Birds

We’re back! Iain talks about why he’s taking a break from client work, and we discuss Google Chrome’s ambitious new projects: Rome and Angry Birds.

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Music: Iain dragged some loops onto the timeline in Sony Acid Music.

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One Response to 8 – Rome, Chrome and Angry Birds

  1. Matthew Fabb says:

    Great podcast once again guys.

    Note with Angry Birds one of the ways Rovio had planned to monetize the game the browser based game, beyond whatever money they got from Google, was to sell through the Chrome Store, the “Mighty Eagle”. Which is basically a cheat for any user who gets stuck on a level of Angry Birds, they can then buy an eagle to smash that level and continue on to the next. The fact that so many sites have publicized the JavaScript hack is likely to be a big cut into Rovio’s profit.

    FITC changed their name from FlashInTheCan, not because Adobe legal team asked them to, as Adobe continues to be a big supporter of FITC. It’s because the conference changed to be more than Flash and they didn’t want to pigeonholed as being just about one technology. Also the Can part of the title stands for Canada as it was the first Canadian Flash conference and that of course didn’t make any sense once they started doing international conferences.

    Finally, while Google avoided Flash in that particular Google doodle that Seb mentioned, just days earlier Google had used Flash for a doodle with video of Charlie Chaplin. Meanwhile, Google’s big movie rental service that they just rolled out also uses Flash if you are viewing movies in the browser. Many tech blogs wrote wondering why Google not only used Flash but also used H.264 rather provide a test case for HTML5 & their WebM codec. However, while Google might have liked to do that, the studios likely wanted some sort of protection to the video stream of all these movies, forcing Google to use Flash for their solution. Still, it’s interesting to see that when using HTML5 Google & others make a big deal about their technology choice, yet when they use Flash, they just roll it out without mentioning the fact that they are using Flash.

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