Weekly Rewind: Adobe kills Flash for mobile, B&N fights Fire with Nook, Apple finally fixes iOS 5 battery life

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Didn’t have time to keep up with every ripple in the technology pond this week? We’ve got you covered. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last week.

Broken Adobe FlashAdobe kills Flash for mobile

We first reported on this bombshell announcement on Wednesday, when we heard that Adobe would no longer be developing Flash for mobile devices, instead focusing its efforts on HTML5. Our own Geoff Duncan took a hard look at the decision, how the company came to it, and what it means for Apple, other mobile companies, and the future of Adobe. The announcement could also mean potential problems for connected TVs like Google TVs, which rely heavily on Flash to deliver video content.

Apple releases iOS 5 update with fix for battery life issues

In a response to “batterygate” — the stream of iPhone owners complaining about rapidly draining battery life with the new iOS 5 update, Apple started testing out a iOS 5.0.1 update among a small group of users earlier this week. The update worked, so as of yesterday, iOS 5.0.1. was made available for all iPhone users and included the battery fix, bug repairs for some iCloud issues, and improved Siri voice recognition for Australian users. 

Twitter unleashes new “Activity Stream” 

This week, Twitter started rolling out a new “Activity Stream” feature that looks a whole lot like the Facebook news ticker. The new element aims to connect users with other people they might want to follow, and give them a peek at what their friends are doing and who they are following. We examined the new Twitter addition to see whether it fits into where we think the company should be going or if it’s just a useless copycat of nemesis Facebook.

nook tablet hands on with new user interfaceBarnes & Noble releases new Nook tablet

On Monday, the big box store came out swinging against Amazon and the Kindle Fire with a new 7-inch Nook tablet. The brand new tablet offering has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 7-inch, laminated IPS “Vivid View” LG display for $249. We were on-hand at the event to give our first impressions of the new tablet and give you the inside scoop with a hands-on video. We’ve also got a spec showdown to give you the details on the new Nook and its competitor, the Kindle Fire.

Facebook reveals winners and losers of new Open Graph

It’s been over a month now since Facebook introduced its new Open Graph feature, which allows outside applications to be much more integrated into the Facebook interface and profile pages. This week we got to see some of the effects of the new feature, including which companies have benefitted the most from the increased app integration.

Mobile

These 100 best iPhone apps will turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

The iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world, and we want to bring out the best in yours. Behold our comprehensive list of the best iPhone apps, from time-saving productivity tools to fun apps you won’t be able to put down.
Mobile

Our favorite ebook reader is not a Kindle. Here are all the best options

If you're a bookworm, an ebook reader can be an important part of your life, one that allows you to read your books whenever and wherever you like. But which should you get? Here are five of the best ebook readers available.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Want to mirror your smartphone or tablet onto your TV? Here's how

A vast arsenal of devices exists to allow sending anything on your mobile device to your TV. Our in-depth guide shows you how to mirror content from your smartphone or tablet to the big screen from virtually any device available.
Mobile

Which smartphone has the best camera? We found the sharpest shooters

They say that the best camera is always the one you have with you and that makes your smartphone camera very important indeed. Join us for a closer look at the best camera phones available right now.
Deals

The best Apple Watch deals for November 2018

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Mobile

Apple to boost its Amazon presence with listings for iPhones, iPads, and more

Apple is about to start offering more of its kit on Amazon. The tech giant currently only has very limited listings on the shopping site, but the deal will see the arrival of the latest iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and more.
Deals

The best MacBook deals for November 2018

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.
Deals

The best iPad deals for November 2018

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for November 2018.
Deals

The best iPhone deals for November 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for November 2018.
Mobile

Google’s Gboard now uses A.I. to recommend GIFs based on your conversation

Google is bringing a new feature to Gboard that should make it better for those that regularly use GIFs and stickers. The feature essentially uses A.I. to recommend GIFs and stickers based on your conversation.
Computing

The Mac mini's price has crept into iMac territory. So how do they compare?

Apple announced a long-awaited update to the Mac mini. Thanks to the updated specs and increase in price, it's begun to creep up to the base model iMac. In this guide, we now put up the specs on the newest refreshed Mac mini against the…
Computing

Will Chrome remain our favorite web browser with the arrival of newest version?

Choosing a web browser for surfing the web can be tough with all the great options available. Here we pit the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Vivaldi against one another to find the best browsers for most users.
Product Review

The MacBook Air plays the oldies we love, but the band is getting old

We’ve waited for a long time for an update to the MacBook Air, and Apple finally delivered one. With a lot of features ported over from the MacBook Pro, is this new laptop what Apple fans have always wanted?