Facebook Speeds Up Android App By Ditching HTML5 And Rebuilding It Natively Just Like The iOS Version


Facebook’s HTML5 app nightmare is over. Later today it’s releasing Facebook for Android 2.0, which replaces the hybrid native/webview code with an all-native infrastructure to answer years of complaints by making the app much faster. The push follows August’s speed doubling iOS update that drastically improved user reviews. It’s a fitting end to the year when Facebook truly pivoted into a mobile-first company.

Here’s how the HTML5 horror story began. Facebook was looking for a way to reduce strain on its mobile teams. So it changed its native iOS and Android apps to partly become webviews wrapped around its HTML5 mobile site. This let it push code once to update m.facebook.com, and both apps simultaneously. It also let Facebook rapidly deploy small tests to segments of its mobile users without forcing them to download new versions.

That wasn’t a bad idea when the company was a bit smaller and…

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Bigger Is Better: Samsung Will Allegedly Slap A 6.3″ Display On The Galaxy Note III


According to the Korea Times, Samsung is trying to put a 6.3-inch display in the next iteration of the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note II, which launched relatively recently, debuted with a 5.5-inch display, already a step up from the original Note’s 5-inch screen.

Bigger is apparently better.

The Galaxy Note, just in case you’ve missed the hullabaloo over the past year or so, is Samsung’s combination of a phone and a tablet.

It comes with an S-pen, a glorified pressure-sensitive stylus, and has a massive display to let users draw, make notes, etc. as if they were on a tablet. At the same time, it comes with all the greatness of an Android smartphone.

Korea Times claims that officials from local parts suppliers have confirmed the 6.3-inch display, though Samsung hasn’t made anything official yet so this is still considered a rumor in my book.

The Galaxy…

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Apple’s Best Of App Store 2012 Rewards Creativity, Google; Skype And Rovio Take Top App Spots


Apple has released its annual “Best Of” feature for the iTunes and App Stores, and this year there are some apps at the top of the list that indicate Apple is interested in rewarding apps that foster creativity on its iOS devices. The iPhone app of the year is Action Movie FX (from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Interactive studio) and the iPad app of the year is Paper, the amazing drawing and notebook app from FiftyThree.

Apple always chooses both top apps of the year, and top games, determined separately from which simply performs best based on downloads or sales. The best games as determined by the iPhone maker are Rayman Jungle Run on the iPhone, from major games studio Ubisoft, and The Room, a puzzle game with a mystery element that captivated audiences this year.

Runners up for apps included Propellerhead on the iPhone, software aimed at music…

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Apple Maps Update for iPhones and iPad coming Christmas ^^


We heart you, The Onion. America’s premier fake news channel has discovered Apple’s plans to fix its notoriously bad maps software by rearranging the Earth’s geography. “Apple is committed to providing the best user experience possible, which is why we are working to dismantle the Brooklyn Bridge and put London in Canada,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook, according to The Onion. Watch the full report below:

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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs



As you may have heard, Steve Jobs will be getting the Ashton Kutcher treatment in jOBS, the first biopic to be released since the Apple co-founder passed away last year. Not to be confused with Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography, jOBS reportedly covers the forty “definitive” years of Jobs’ life, beginning in 1971.

A lot of questions surrounded the project when it began filming this summer, and now it looks like those are going to be answered very soon — and at Sundance, no less. Yep, the Sundance Institute announced today that the film will make its public debut on the final night of Sundance.

The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, caught up with Trevor Groth, the festival’s director of programming, who said that jOBS was chosen to close the event because “there’s something inspirational about it. To see what he achieved…

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Video Editing im Broswer. nice


It seems like nearly everyone shoots video these days, mostly on their mobile phones, as consumers now have mini video cameras with them at all times. The problem comes in making those videos presentable so that other people will want to watch them. There have been a few attempts at changing this, such as automatic video editing from the likes of Magisto and Animoto, but few actual human editing tools make things easy for users to do their own videos.

WeVideo launched to the public earlier this year, after previously offering its cloud-based video editor to YouTube users. Now the startup is releasing a new update to the video editing product that is aimed at providing easy-to-use themes and drag-and-drop functionality for users.


The new editor provides two modes of operating: There’s the beginner Storyboard mode, which lets them drag and drop assets next to one another and…

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‘Sheed Tossed; Real Or Reputation?

Stupid cal to eject him

NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — When Rasheed Wallace talks, referees listen.

It’s been that way throughout Wallace’s basketball career, dating back to his fouling out of and then being ejected from the 1993 McDonald’s All-American game at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis (I know I’m dating myself a bit here, but I was in attendance that day).

Wallace continued his decades-old tradition Sunday in the New York Knicks’ win over the Phoenix Suns when he headed to the showers early after being ejected in the first quarter. But not everyone is convinced that he earned this latest ejection, as both Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony told ESPNNewYork.com that his reputation earned him an early exit:

“I think so. He’s the only guy in the league that gets technicals for saying, ‘ball don’t lie,’ so that should go to show you right there,” Tyson Chandler said.

Wallace picked up career technical fouls…

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