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Archive for June, 2010

Good News: Google Chrome Now Comes With Flash Built In

June 25th, 2010 by Margaret Skomorokh

Robin Wauters from TechCrunch writes:

Last March, Adobe and Google jointly announced that Flash Player would soon come built in to the latter’s Chrome browser, eliminating the need for users to download, install and update it separately.

On Thursday evening, Google released Chrome 5.0.375.86 to the Stable channel on Linux, Mac, and Windows, with a fix for a number of security issues. More importantly, the integrated Flash Player has now been enabled by default.

As Stephen Shankland over at CNET points out, built-in Flash was previously only available in the developer and beta releases of the speedy WebKit-based browser, and the release to the Stable channel means the integrated plug-in is now available in its mainstream version.

The update comes a mere two days after Google re-enabled the integrated Flash Player plug-in by default in the Beta channel after disabling it for some time.

Not only is Google giving Adobe’s Flash technology another vote of confidence (Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile, which was announced earlier this week, will be rolled out on Android 2.2 phones first), but the integration also means any updates to Flash Player will be delivered directly via Google Chrome’s updating system, ultimately minimizing security risks that tend to surface when one uses outdated software and components.

Improved Charting in Oracle APEX

June 24th, 2010 by Margaret Skomorokh

New version of Oracle APEX is available. A lot of new features >>

And… Improved Charting with Gantts and Maps

“The underlying charting engine has been upgraded to AnyChart 5.1 which is faster, provides better graphics, and decreases rendering time. Developers can take advantage of the many additional attributes to readily customize the appearance of their charts. Declarative support for project and resource Gantt charts together with flash Maps has also been incorporated.”

To view the new features in action, run the demonstration application.