iOS 6 famously included Apple’s home-grown Maps, and to be frank, they aren’t always awesome. While Google’s offering isn’t perfect, either, it will be nice to have both when out and about.
Correction: “aren’t always awesome” should be replaced by “are utter shit”.
At Microsoft’s shareholders’ meeting today, Steve Ballmer said Windows Phone 8 sales were off to a “great start.” The combination of new software and more powerful hardware had resulted in four times as many sales as this time last year, the Microsoft CEO said.
Apparently, Nokia’s Lumia 920 is off to a pretty good start:
Shanghai Securities News reports that Nokia has already taken orders for 2.5 million Lumia 920s in the 20 days the phone has been on the market. This isn’t far off the 2.76 million Windows Phone handsets that Gartner estimates were sold in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Lumia 920 is on track to sell more devices this quarter than all Windows Phone OEMs managed a year ago.
I guess that’s something?
The service currently features 24 Linux games, a list dominated by indie titles that were already available via other means, as well as larger releases like Team Fortress 2 and Serious Sam 3. Valve has promised that internally developed titles like Portal and Left 4 Dead 2 will be available for Linux soon. Only one paid Steam Linux title, World of Goo, currently has a free demo available on the platform.
We shall see how this takes off.
A simple todo list plugin for Sublime Text. Most excellent. (via One Thing Well)
The IETF has finished its standardization effort for Opus, a new free/open audio codec that reportedly outperforms all other codecs on all axes. The codec was jointly created by IETF, Mozilla, Microsoft (through Skype), Xiph.Org (maintainers of Ogg), Octasic, Broadcom, and Google and Mozilla promises that a comparable video codec will come next.
Read more on the Mozilla Hacks page.
Deadweight is a CSS coverage tool. Given a set of stylesheets and a set of URLs, it determines which selectors are actually used and reports which can be “safely” deleted.
Great stuff. (via One Thing Well)
An interesting piece by Ars Technica how BASIC code was broadcast on a radio show in Finland in 1985 — four years before the invention of the World Wide Web.
A new protocol for open social networking.
Tent is decentralized, not federated or centralized. Any Tent server can connect to any other Tent server. All features are available to any server as first-class citizens. Anyone can host their own Tent server. Tent servers can also be run as Tor hidden services to create a social darknet for at-risk organizers and activists. Anyone can write applications that connect to Tent in order to display or create user content.