The British Library has started a monumental project: to put a number of the rare books stored in its archives online, so that anyone can virtually thumb through them from the comfort of their home, and without the worry that they'll get grubby finger smudges or jam on the delicate, highly valuable pages...
For the past week or so, Microsoft bods have been poking around in the recently launched iPhone Software Development Kit to see what they can find. They have two compelling reasons to do so: iPhone is an obvious competitor to Microsoft's Windows Mobile technologies, and Microsoft also shares software interests with Apple - Mac Office being one example...
Nokia has announced that it will be putting Silverlight technology onto a number of its handsets and Internet tablets.
Silverlight is Microsoft's cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in which can be used for a wide variety of interactive multimedia applications, and competes with the likes of Flash, Shockwave, and Quicktime.
Nokia will put the technology on its S60 Symbian OS platform, on its Series 40 devices, and on its Internet tablets.
Adobe has announced that its popular Flash Player 9, codenamed "Moviestar", is being updated to include the H.264 / MPEG4 standard video format. This, together with technologies including High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) audio support and hardware accelerated, multi-core enhanced full screen video playback, could lead the way to Flash Player being used for high definition content.
It could also have implications for how popular video sharing services such as YouTube and MySpace operate, although YouTube is already moving to the H.264 format used by Quicktime so that videos can be played back on the iPhone, which currently doesn't have Flash support.