It was a year of divorces, reconciliations, and temporary separations, as technology partnerships evolved with the end of the decade. Notably, Apple dumped Flash, saying it no longer will include Flash updates with its operating system. The creator of the popular i-family of portable devices also bid farewell to Java support, passing it along to an open source group instead. These moves by trendsetter Apple -- which created or kick-started consumers' love affair with smartphones and tablets -- could have a broader impact. Then again, Apple does get jeers for the time it takes the company to adopt other developers' security enhancements into its own system updates. But these steps by Apple could be the push necessary to spur adoption of HTML 5 or alternate technologies that don't include the frequent flaws associated with Flash or the occasional headaches seen with Java.