Don’t pass up the chance to bolster your design skills [Deals]

Crop images, apply filters, and lots, lots more with this powerful pair of editing apps.
Crop images, apply filters, and lots, lots more with this powerful pair of editing apps.
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These days good design is the key to any successful product, website, ad campaign, you name it. With these discounted resources, you can step up your design game and your pay scale at the same time. From drawing by hand with Adobe, to web development lessons and a library of design assets, there’s something here for anyone looking to improve their marketability in a design-conscious industry.

Here’s some of what’s included:

Twitch jumps on the Flash-dumping bandwagon

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HTML5 is winning, thank goodness.
HTML5 is winning, thank goodness.
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Video game streaming juggernaut Twitch.tv is stepping up its HTML5 game today with a move to get rid of buggy and overly-patched Flash in Twitch’s website.

The move today is only for the player part of the equation, but a full HTML5 solution should be forthcoming.

“Today’s redesign moves half of the video player – specifically the controls – from Flash to HTML5 and Javascript,” Twitch writes on its blog page. “The video itself is still in Flash underneath the controls. However, this is an important step to releasing the much-anticipated full HTML5 player.”

Facebook security chief begs Adobe to kill Flash

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The battle continues to put Flash to death in favor of HTML5.
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Though Adobe Flash has been dying a slow death over the past few years, it’s far from dead yet. However, it seems like some people are getting pretty impatient with it and Facebook’s new chief security officer Alex Stamos is one of those people. He publicly tweeted yesterday calling out Adobe to just set a date already to kill Flash and make an announcement to put an end to its misery.

Steve Jobs was right: YouTube is finally HTML5-first

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YouTube is finally HTML5 first. Photo: VentureBeat
YouTube is finally HTML5 first. Photo: VentureBeat

Let’s flash back to April 2010.

That was the month that Steve Jobs penned his famous “Thoughts on Flash” memo, in which he soundly rejected any and all reasons for Apple to adopt Flash on the iOS operating system.

Jobs famously said that Flash was too battery-hungry, too unreliable, too insecure, too slow and too closed to be a wise platform for the mobile-first developers of then-tomorrow. And people scoffed at the time.

But who’s laughing now?