One of the Facebook engineers said the new application has been built primarily using Objective-C, the programming language used to build applications for iOS. Many of the components of the current version of the Facebook app are built using HTML5, a Web-based programming language.
The current version of the app is essentially an Objective-C shell with a Web browser inside. When it comes to speed, this is like putting the engine of a Smart Car in the body of a Ferrari.
I hear the new version is out there in the wild being tested right now. And as Bilton says, I hear it’s very quick.
To get a better sense of it, one might look to the Messenger and Camera apps that Facebook has put out there. Also notice that their icons are slightly different from the main Facebook app icon. Change is in the air.
A four-team playoff for college football has been formally approved by a presidential oversight committee, a dramatic change for the sport that will begin in 2014. The four teams will be chosen by a selection committee, the semifinals will be held at current bowl sites and the national championship game will be awarded to the highest bidder.
The 12-year deal is through the 2025 season.
Not perfect, but a solid compromise. This was the only option that was ever going to fly. And it’s going to make college football that much more exciting. One loss for a top-tier program no longer means you’re done.
One of the most successful online social drugs is people tagging in Facebook photos. I can’t recall when this feature was first introduced but getting a message saying “you’ve been tagged in a photo” followed by a link was incredibly seductive. It still is.
And it isn’t link bait as the content…
The Instagram -> Twitter username sync fail seem to come up at least once a week amongst my group of friends. One day, they’ll fix it. One day…
Sweet Jesus, we finally have functional push mail for Gmail on iOS. I’m not talking the wonky port-through-Exchange nonsense — I’m talking full Gmail messages sent to your phone in realtime. And I’m not talking a stupid little badges to let you know you have a message, I’m talking full-on message excerpts.
The app itself still mainly stinks, but I don’t plan to ever open except to search. Now I’ll get a notification, decided if it can wait or not, and then open Mail or Sparrow.
Why did Apple just release new MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, and a Retina MacBook Pro, but no new iMacs or Mac Pros? And why are the iMacs probably being updated this year while the Mac Pro update won’t happen for 12–18 months?
Pretty good reasoning, I think. Though, per update #2, I’m fairly surprised Apple will upgrade the iMac without a retina display. Why bother waiting then? Perhaps it’s a completely redesigned device? Still, non-retina would be disappointing in the post-Retina MacBook Pro world. On the other hand, it would likely be a 27” 5120x2880 retina, which sounds insane.
As you may know, last year we introduced limits on the number of free maps that developers could show daily through the Google Maps API. Since then, we’ve been listening carefully to feedback, and today we’re happy to announce that we’re lowering API usage fees and simplifying limits for both Styled and regular maps.
"Since then" — let’s be clear, that happened in October of last year. In the eight months since then, what has changed? Not much beyond a little company called Apple entering the space.
I’ve talked to a lot of developers over the past several months — not one of them can understand why Google made these changes in the first place. It led big startups like Foursquare to abandon Google Maps on the web. Even with the high rates, it can’t be a huge amount of money for Google relative to their overall revenues.
But still, they did not make this change until after Apple maps were unveiled. And they didn’t just cut prices, they slashed them by 8x. 8x!
Update: One reason for the price change initially was apparently spam. As in, Google thought that by charging sites for heavy usage, they’d cut back on the “Live Nude Girls in Houston!!!” embedded map ads. Still, it’s not clear how they couldn’t see the downside for big *real* partners.
Iron & Wine with Calexico - All Tomorrow’s Parties
Drop dead gorgeous rendition of the Velvet Underground classic. What makes this cover so special is that it’s the perfect merger of two distinct styles - the whisper-like folk of Iron & Wine and the desert-noir stylings of of Calexico. Sounding like he almost can’t get the words out due to their heartbreak, Sam Beam lingers along, slowly and tentatively, until being pulled in by the horns Calexico adds to the mood. But when they do, he starts humming, then laying into the last verse, where the heartache is multiplied, by the words and the harmonies, until the song ends, finally.
For Thursday’s child is Sunday’s clown, for whom none will go mourning
Also wonderful that with the new Tumblr app you can reblog while still listening to the music.
Back in 1999, as he prepared to make a movie called The Minority Report, Steven Spielberg gathered top science and technology types to an “idea summit” where they would share thoughts on what things might look like in 50 years. To mark the ten year anniversary of the movie’s release, Wired asked
Oh to be in that room — they were quite literally dreaming up the future.
As John Gruber notes, the most interesting thing about the Surface isn’t really the device itself, it’s that Microsoft decided they need to do it themselves. Just as with Google’s Nexus devices, the message here — intended or not — is that they don’t trust their partners to do a good enough job.
The thing is: Microsoft had relied on such partnerships for 37 years.
“If you asked people in 1989 what they needed to make their life better, it was unlikely that they would have said that a decentralized network of information nodes that are linked using hypertext.”—Sep Kamvar (via cdixon)
According to Google Analytics about 18% of the folks that visit my Tumblr at bijansabet.com are using a mobile device (phone or tablet). Google Analytics only sees a small subset of the traffic because most people that check out this site follow me on Tumblr and view the content via the Dashboard.
My site is remarkably close to this as well. In the past 30 days, just over 19% of visits have been on mobile.
“Tumblr CEO David Karp has just announced that it will launch a brand new iOS app next week. This announcement was made just now at F.ounders, the highly prestigious event we called the Rolls Royce of technology events. Karp said that there wont be ads on the app immediately, but they are planned and will be implemented soon after launch.”—
There’s been quite a bit of hoopla surround Apple’s decision not to include public transit directions in their new iOS Maps application, and instead outsource this to developers (many of whom have already been doing this for a while). On one hand, this sucks. On the other, Cocoanetics brings up a great point: it may actually be a somewhat savvy move.
As they note about a particular situation in Vienna:
A birdie tweeted into my ear that this was a result of a back-room deal aimed at neutering Google’s power by making Google Maps worthless for navigation in Vienna. And thus two apps became the only sources of routing information in Vienna. So even though Google was “working hard” they did never stand a chance against the secret deal between several monopolistic companies.
Even in the U.S., you have cities like San Francisco which have MUNI, Caltrain, and BART, all of which make up public transportation (and not even all of it). Currently, Google Maps picks up all those feed, but what if one of them decides they want to cut their own deal with another app or make their own? And what about taxi information and data from services like Uber?
I suspect Apple didn’t want to get into all of this because it’s a headache. If it’s important enough to users and the third-party solutions aren’t good enough, of course they will — but for now, they’re giving this a shot.
As an aside, I’m in London right now and used Google Maps to plan an Underground ride from the airport to the city. Google’s public transit directions gave me a wrong stop at which transfer. In fact, it gave me the only stop I *couldn’t* transfer from. It’s the little things that kill. And these transit systems are full of little things.