Zinio’s New AIR App Shows the Future of Magazines

Digital magazines aren’t new, but the latest version of Zinio is. This new Adobe AIR application lets you read magazines on Windows, Mac or Linux computers and the experience is immersive. With dynamic content, live web links and interactive media, this is the future of magazines.

Netbooks and the Death of x86 Computing

Freescale said Monday it would offer an ARM-based chip that could lead to a $200 Linux-based netbook, offering about twice the amount of usage on a single battery charge as Intel’s (s INTC) Atom processor allows. Freescale’s efforts are nothing new (only AMD (s AMD) has so far stayed above the netbook fray), but it did get me thinking about how Intel’s endless pushing of netbooks has, ironically, helped destroy the hegemony of x86 machines for personal computing. Read More about Netbooks and the Death of x86 Computing

Terracotta Doesn’t Want to Kill Your Database, Just Maim It

I ran across Terracotta Inc. a few months ago while looking at database companies, and was impressed by the potential of its eponymously named open source software, which can make web applications scale faster and more cheaply than they do when information is stored in a database. Instead the software from Terracotta, which was formed in 2003 and has raised $29 million from Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, Benchmark Capital and Goldman Sachs, takes information and writes it to a shared cluster of memory.

That makes the data available for quick access without the need for the arduous and time-consuming processes of structuring it for a database, storing it there and retrieving it later. Read More about Terracotta Doesn’t Want to Kill Your Database, Just Maim It

Adobe Makes P2P Flash Video Available to Developers

rtmfp-smallAdobe officially unveiled the P2P video streaming capabilities of Flash 10 to developers this week. The technology itself is still in its infancy, but the mere fact that Adobe (s ADBE) decided to embrace P2P for Flash 10 made a lot of headlines earlier this year. Many people, including Om over at GigaOM, wondered whether Adobe was taking aim at the CDN market with this technology and whether we will soon all watch our YouTube videos in a P2P fashion.

The short answer is: We won’t — at least not with Adobe’s help. The current P2P implementation, which goes by the name Real-Time Media Flow Protocol (RTMFP), isn’t really suited for mass-scale video delivery. Instead, it focuses solely on scenarios in which one client exchanges live video or audio data with another client. Think video conferences, Flash-based VOIP or even multi-player games. Just not YouTube. Not anytime soon.

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Adobe Launches Media Player

Adobe today launches its Adobe Media Player, a product we’ve been following closely. AMP channels RSS feeds for streaming and download of online video from partners such as MTV and CBS. The Adobe Air-based software has a simple UI that feels a bit like a file organization system. Full report on NewTeeVee.

Adobe’s Photoshop Express First Of Many Hosted Apps

Adobe has decided to jump on the free consumer service bandwagon with the release of its new Photoshop Express online photo organizer and photo editor. Because Adobe also will store the photos (up to 2 gigabytes), it’s also the first big test of Adobe’s custom-built hosting infrastructure.

In a conference call to demo the Express software (which is really sweet vs. what’s on offer from the photo-editing software that comes with a digital camera, Picasa, or even displaying photos via Flickr) Doug Mack, VP of consumer and hosted solutions, said Adobe had built out a hosting infrastructure to support Express starting a year ago. He declined to go into the costs of the system, but said Adobe would be offering even more hosted applications in the future.

So I called Adobe for more information. Read More about Adobe’s Photoshop Express First Of Many Hosted Apps

Can Ribbit Finally Bring Web & Voice Together?

VoIP insiders have recently started talking about taking a platform approach to the convergence of web and voice, an approach for which startup Ribbit is offering perhaps the most audacious (and equally risky) strategy.