No need to infect OS X Lion with Flash Player: This Safari extension HTML5-ifies Flash video

As you know, OS X Lion ships without Flash Player to the delight of fans in support of Apple’s ongoing argument against Adobe’s resource-hungry technology. This leaves us with three choices: Avoid Flash content altogether (possible, but hardly an option for mainstream folks), switch to Google’s Chrome browser that comes with the latest version of Flash Player built-in (a forced option for Safari fans) or just install the darn thing and deal with consequences later.

I’ve vowed never to install anything from Adobe again on my brand spanking new MacBook Air as I only allow Adobe software on my Mac mini, which I relegated to my testing machine and media center. That said, the FlashtoHTML5 extension from Joris Vervuurt was Godsent. The extensions has a sole purpose: It replaces the CPU-hogging YouTube Flash Player with an HTML5 video player. More info and screenies after the break

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Adobe posts Muse, iWeb-inspired tool for building web sites “without writing code”

Adobe today released public beta of a new graphics design software, code-named Muse, aimed at web site designers. The release arrived on the heels of Edge, another Adobe tool that takes the pain out of creating motion and interaction on the web. Muse lets you create pretty HTML web sites with no prior knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3 standards, or so Adobe claims:

Create websites as easily as you create layouts for print. You can design and publish original HTML pages to the latest web standards without writing code. Now in beta, Muse makes it a snap to produce unique, professional websites.

The official 1.0 release is planned for early 2012, when Muse will cost $15 a month ($180 a year). A gallery showcases examples of Muse-built web sites incorporating HTML code snippets from sources including Google Maps, YouTube and Facebook. Muse also features other standard design elements, ranging from widgets and slideshow galleries to navigation menus.

You can even host your creation on Adobe’s servers for a fee, in addition to your other hosting providers. Muse is a free download available from Adobe’s site. Note that you will need Adobe’s AIR run-time installed in order to run Muse. Full release below the fold.

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Trade used textbooks right on your iPhone with Amazon Student

Amazon today released a new iPhone app for college students called Amazon Student. This one’s not about renting Kindle textbooks, there’s already an app for that. What Amazon Student does is it lets you trade used textbooks from the palm of your hand. Just scan barcodes of as many books as you like and the Amazon cloud will calculate trade-in offers for you. This also works for games, movies and electronics (including iOS gadgets). You can also put scanned items into your trade-in list to buy later.

Payments go to your Gift Card and Amazon will even mail a pre-paid shipping label to your address on file. Sweetening the deal, the online retail giant is offering free two-day shipping for six months to those who join the Amazon Student program (Amazon Prime shipping benefits included). Beats the craze of having to put your unwanted textbooks on offer at the end of each semester and deal with all sorts of weirdos and trade-in combinations. Amazon Student is a free download from the App Store. More screenies after the break.

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SCinemax’s Max Go App somehow skirts App Store porn police

If you’ve ever been *ahem* channel surfing late at night and stumbled upon HBO subsidiary Cinemax programming you know that there isn’t much differentiation between what you see there and all out pornography.

The news this weekend is that Apple just gave the go-ahead to Cinemax’s MaxGo App(free) for both iPhone and iPad.  Yes, it includes “Late Night” content.

Far be it from us to judge what should and shouldn’t be on the App Store, but it seems that Apple is continuing to create controversy with its “no porn” stance.

In an email exchange with Gawker’s Ryan Tate last year, Jobs said that the iPad would offer users “freedom from porn.” And in a Q&A session after the launch of iOS 4, Jobs told reporters that porn was one reason Apple wouldn’t allow unsigned or unapproved apps onto iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad.

“You know, there’s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That’s a place we don’t want to go – so we’re not going to go there.”

Playboy,which is at least as “soft-core” as SCinemax, was denied access to the App Store for its nude pictorials.  For what it is worth, access to the Max Go app is parental controlled to users 17 or older.

If this story picks up, Apple will probably force  HBO to curtail its mature content retroactively, not that there aren’t plenty of other outlets via Safari for such material. Read more

Apple seeds new build of OS X Lion 10.7.2 and iCloud for Mac to developers

As Apple’s fall launch time frame for iCloud approaches, Apple has released new builds of iCloud for Mac and OS X 10.7.2 to developers. The new iCloud for Mac build is beta 7 while the new OS X build is version 11C37. iCloud for Mac allows users to easily make their Mac iCloud compatible, and it includes the updated Back to my Mac service, Documents and Data in the Cloud, and Find my Mac. Both downloads are available to developers through the iCloud developer portal.  Read more

Browse Google+ on the desktop with Tab for Google+

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Tab for Google+ is an app available on the Mac App Store that brings Google+’s web functionality to the Mac desktop. The app is available for free and offers just about every feature offers — except Hangouts. Upon logging in via your Google account, you’ll be greeted with the main sections of the app: Streams, Photos, Circles, Profile and Notifications.

The sections follow suit with the functionality of the website. Streams and Photos curates content from the people you’re following. Circles allows you to see your list of circles and the content coming in from each specific one. Lastly, Notifications let’s you know what’s going on with your account.

Of course, this application won’t replace Google+’s website, rather it’s just a nice app that sits in your applications bar to view while you work. Perhaps if the website is more your thing, check out Google+ for Mac which is essentially just a browser window. We’re hearing the developer is working to make it native though. Check out another screenshot after the break:

Download Tab for Google+ Download Google+ for Mac

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