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Android tablet guns for iPad with Flash

The war of words between Apple and Adobe refuses to go away with Adobe CTO now accusing Steve Jobs of acting like Big Brother (the distopian dictator from George Orwell's classic novel 1984, not the pathetically voyeuristic TV showcase for egomaniacal, exhibitionist nutjobs).

Adobe has been showing off a very rough-looking prototype of an Android-based tablet device - basically an iPad that ate all the pies - which is also running Flash.

Steve Jobs has made it quite clear (opens in new tab) that he thinks flash is an outdated, buggy, bloated mess with more security issues than the FBI and won't have it anywhere near his precious trio of iDevices.

Meanwhile, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch has accused Apple of technological totalitarianism describing the company's decision to excommunicate Flash from its toys as "like 1984 in a lot of ways."

During a Q&A session at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, Lynch responded to a question about the spat between the warring companies by saying, "the technology issue that Apple has with us is not that Flash doesn't work on the iPhone, but that it does work. You can actually make a great Flash app that runs across operating systems, and they don't like that."

Jobs insists that including Flash on Apple's portable devices would halve the battery life and make browsers unstable. Adobe is reported to have blown the whistle on Apple to US Antitrust watchdogs and the company's closed-platform practices are widely expected to be investigated.

"You should be able choose whatever technologies you want to choose and create whatever you want to create," Lynch said. "The web has been very successful because it's been a really open environment for content and applications.

"I don't think it's the role of a company to exercise that judgment on what people are making. That's the role of society and law."

In effect, Lynch is saying that Apple should be forced, by law, to use Adobe's proprietary multimedia software rather than the open HTML5 standard which the Cupertino company favours.

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