- Just like a real computer: Android gets Android IDE
There are a couple of points worth highlighting in this piece from The Register. First is that the IDE in question, AIDE, appears to be able to share work with Eclipse, allowing a developer to switch back and forth between development environments. More critically AIDE is targeted at tablets, which is kind of obvious if you think about it, but is exactly the kind of application I think we need in that space to spur the sorts of innovation I think are being held back by the general attitude of passive consumption that still seems to predominate with these devices.
- Microsoft wants super-sensitive finger stroke
Can’t say I’ve really thought about touch screen performance. This is an odd source that The Register is reporting, Microsoft, saying that the latency in reacting to touch is not where it ideally should be to fulfill users’ expectations about how the screens behave like physical objects. I would have expected Apple to be a bit more obsessive about this kind of detail but will give Microsoft Research credit as a sometime unappreciated contributor in this space, with Surface and Kinect to its credit.
- Idealism vs. pragmatism: Mozilla debates supporting H.264 video playback
Ryan Paul at Ars Technica explains the reasons behind the apparent reversal, that are initially concerned with Mozilla’s efforts in the mobile space but could expand to include Firefox on the desktop. It has been a while since I covered a story on the fight over the video tag in HTML5 and Mozilla’s stance, Paul has a good summary of the issue to date. As a pragmatist, I understand the possible concession but as an advocate for open standards I cannot say I am not disappointed at the same time.
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