When Tech Journalism goes bad

“Is QuickTime X The Missing Link For Flash On The iPhone?”
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/06/15/the-missing-link-for-flash-on-the-iphone/

The author suggests that QuickTime X supporting FLV playback is somehow an indication that the Flash Player will come to the iPhone. While I’m sure that is what many of us would like to see happen it is one of the most ridiculous statements I’ve heard in a long time. This is not unlike saying that because your home entertainment system supports JPEG images it’ll soon run Photoshop (or because its a technology blog its authors will research what they publish for that matter).

Flash Video (FLV) is an open container format that can contain other codecs, such as H.264 and AAC for example. Since QuickTime supports playing back H.264 video, it is already able to play back FLV encoded with that particular codec.

What I find most disturbing is that the original article gets edited multiple times without a clear indication of exactly what the author has changed.
 

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6 thoughts on “When Tech Journalism goes bad

  1. Quentin says:

    I felt exactly the same as you do when reading this article… Useless post with false statements.
    The good thing is that people in the comments reacted quickly. The bad thing is that TechCrunch is read by lots of folks and written by a few that sometimes don’t know a thing about what they’re talking about.

  2. flo says:

    well, it’s techcrunch, so this sort of thing ought to be expected.
    somewhere else though I read that it might enable safari on the iphone to pull flv files from websites and pass them to the built in quicktime player. The fact that safari’s activity window is the best way to download flash movies/other embeds without 3rd party software certainly would help with that i guess.

  3. Ncu says:

    The author of that article clearly has no understanding of Flash Player, Quicktime or video files. Where the heck do they find these guys?!

  4. gazeteler says:

    felt exactly the same as you do when reading this article… Useless post with false statements.
    The good thing is that people in the comments reacted quickly. The bad thing is that TechCrunch is read by lots of folks and written by a few that sometimes don’t know a thing about what they’re talking about.

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  6. hikaye says:

    this is awesome, thank for the info

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