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Press Release London, UK, June 15th 2010

Today, online video hosting platform vzaar released the vzaar video app for iPhones that enables their customers to update online video content while on the move.

Click to download on the app store vzaar, who’s customers include Toys”R”us and The Press Association claims this application will give its users the ability to upload and share content when mobile as well as manage and monitor video content.


This release comes on the back of the Objective-C Framework API that enables iPhone and iPad developers to build video apps for the Apple iFamily devices.

According to vzaar CEO Stephen McClusky, “We built this app to test our new objective-C framework that allows developers to use our video platform API when creating video apps for Apple mobile devices. We are very pleased with the outcome and it means our customers can upload video to their site directly from their mobile phones.”

The vzaar dev team have also released a little tool that syncs Twitter with Google Latitude which takes your last location from twitter (if you’re tweeting with location on) and sends it to Google Latitude every 5 minutes or so. Not related to video the tool called, location-sync, is a skunkworks project from the labs of vzaar. It can be seen on their labs site here.

The Apple Store provides more information on the iPhone application here.

For more information on the vzaar API visit the developer hub.

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vzaar is an online video hosting platform that provides an end to end video service for web applications, ecommerce website and internet publishers. Founded in 2007, vzaar has its Headquarters in London, United Kingdom. For more information visit http://vzaar.com

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Click to download on the app store We have some great news from the vzaar tech department today. And since it’s all Apple related we feel it’s well timed with the announcement of the iPhone 4 this week.

Firstly we have a vzaar application available today from the app store. Click here to download it. The vzaar app gives you full control of your vzaar account from all Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and on devices with a camera you can even edit and upload video directly.

We built this using our API and the Objective C library we built (see more about our API on our developer hub). The library and application was built by Daniel Kennett of Kennettnet. He’s done a fantastic job, and any iOS developer picking up the framework will be able to build video into there own iPhone/iPad and OSX applications very easily.

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… a bit of fun to announce the framework. We did a little labs / skunkworks project that sends your  Twitter location to Google Latitude. It’s not really video related we know, but we thought it was kinda fun and that it would be of use to the kinds of developers out there who might be building Apple Apps and would find the vzaar video API framework just what the needed. You can see this here, under vzaar labs: http://vzaar.com/labs/location-sync/

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Press Release London, UK, May 27th 2010

Apple developers can now quickly build video capabilities into their own applications

vzaar, the leading professional online video hosting platform, today announced the release of Objective-C Framework for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, iPad and desktop developers.

“We have developed an Objective-C library for our API to help Apple developers build video apps right into their own applications. There is no quicker way to enable your iPhone or iPad application with video.” comments Adrian Sevitz, Co-Founder and CTO of vzaar.

vzaar commissioned Daniel Kennet (of Kennettnet) to develop the framework. Daniel says of the framework “I designed the framework to fit in with a Cocoa developer’s existing skill set — the vzaar framework fits in with Cocoa’s design patterns and you’ll feel right at home as soon as you start working with it.”

vzaar’s API has recently been used by Budweiser and MTV for online campaigns asking users to upload short videos that are entered into a competition. The vzaar video hosting API powers some of the internet’s largest video sites and this new Framework will help developers build video apps for devices such as the iPhone.

“This is an exciting release for us at vzaar and credit to the vzaar development team whose idea it was to build this framework. We have a number of clients already using this library in development and we are eagerly awaiting the release of their applications.” comments, Stephen McCluskey, CEO of vzaar.

About vzaar
vzaar is an online video platform that provides an end to end video service for web applications, ecommerce website and internet publishers.

About KennettNet Software Ltd
KennettNet Software Ltd is a software development company specialising Objective C and .net client software.
For additional information, contact Daniel Kennett
http://www.kennettnet.co.uk

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What’s Adobe up to?

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Evi one of our techies attended ‘Adobe Flash Camp 2010 in Bucharest’ last Thursday and has come back with some thoughts he wanted to share…

Last week I attend the Adobe Flash Camp in Romania and I received some interesting hints about what to soon expect from Adobe and what effects this would have on our industry.

Flash Player on Mobile device
Mike Chambers, Principal Product Manager for developer relations for the Flash Platform at Adobe, has confirmed that development of Flash for iPhone is dead. (Read more: Adobe throws in the towel on Flash for iPhone).

Adobe Platform Evangelist Lee Brimelow indicated Monday that Adobe’s efforts to bring Flash capabilities to Smartphone’s are a result of substantial support from Apple’s major rivals.

“We are able to get tremendous performance on Android devices because Google and the various handset manufacturers have chosen to work closely with us to provide the best possible experience to the end user,”

Though Brimelow declined to give a precise release date for Flash Player 10.1, recent comments from Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen indicate that it will come in time to help developers release compatible products in the second half of 2010. For example, he told Fox Business News last week that Adobe has a number of excited partners who are working aggressively with the company to bring Flash to their mobile devices.

“So companies like Google and RIM and Palm are going to be releasing versions of Flash on Smartphone’s and tablets in the second half of the year,”

(Ref.: Top Tech News)

Adobe has pretty amazing plans for its Flash Player, especially for its mobile version, it’s not just about actual platform coverage, but development tools that will have new features like hardware accelerated processing, multi-touch and so on, you can already have an idea about new ActionScript language additions if you looking at recently published beta docs. One of the biggest announcements Adobe did last week here is that Flex for Mobile devices would be available somewhere this year, as understood we should expect it somewhere this summer. Adobe obviously had to make this move, especially now when it’s rival Microsoft came up with new Silverlight version and development tools for Windows Mobile 7.

Changes in Video processing
While we are all expecting proper flash video support on mobile devices to appear this summer, Google are to open source On2’s $124.6m video codec (Source: The Register). For so long, video on the Internet was pretty straight forward; you used Adobe Flash, with its 95% plus market share, and that was that. Then things changed. The next Web standard, HTML 5, came along, but it didn’t spell out that Flash or anything else would be the video codec standard.

Then, Apple refused to have anything to do with Flash on its ‘i’ family of devices. Now it seems Google may be open-sourcing the VP8 video codec. Internet video is about to get a lot more complicated (Ref: ComputerWorld).

Whatever its intentions with the On2 codec are, when it comes to the issue of free and open video playback, Google has spent the past few months playing both sides of the fence. Along with Opera and Mozilla, Google attempted to include the free and open Ogg Theora codec as a requirement of the HTML5 video tag. But its Chrome browser uses both Ogg Theora and the patent-tied H.264 codec, and Google has received criticism from the likes of Mozilla for continuing to use Adobe Flash and H.264 on YouTube.

Google could at least balance out its Flash play by open sourcing VP8, a higher quality codec than Ogg. OggTheora is actually based on an earlier incarnation of the On2 codec, VP3. In 2001, On2 opened VP3 under an irrevocable free license.
But that still leaves Apple and Microsoft. Apple uses H.264 with its Safari browser, arguing that Ogg is burdened by scant hardware support and an “uncertain patent landscape,” and one wonders if the “Jobs” cult would apply the same arguments to an open source VP8. Meanwhile, Microsoft just announced that the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 will lean on H.264 as well.

According to company open source guru Chris DiBona, Google has continued to use Flash on YouTube because Ogg can’t match the performance of H.264. But presumably, an open VP8 would solve this alleged performance issue. When On2 introduced VP8 in 2008, it promised “50 per cent bandwidth savings compared to H.264.”

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