Oh mIE

With the following headline chosen by the Verge: “Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand“, you’d think they wouldn’t go on to quote the struggling Goliath as saying:

We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan.

Who are the Verge trying to fool? All this means, is that Internet Explorer (and all previous incarnations) will continue to exist. Project Spartan will just be an additional browser, joining us at the bottom of our test suite.

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Star Wars fans, and especially those with young Star Wars fans, may enjoy this Millennium Falcon drone in flight. I know me and mine did.

Santana aims for another comeback. As much as I dislike locker rooms, I love this locker room welcoming:

Taped in the upper left hand corner, directly above his blue No. 57 jersey and cap, was a photograph of the celebration from Santana’s no-hitter with the New York Mets in June 2012, arguably the finest moment in his baseball career.

Socially Lacking

Twitter Buys Niche, a Social Media Talent Agency, for at Least $30 Million

This move means that Twitter is now the owner of a social media talent agency.

Talent? And all this time, we thought tweets are meaningless. It turns out… they are! Being a publicly traded company and all, Twitter is open to monetization ideas, this purchase makes that clear.

The self-promotion platform that thought it could.

Gone Phishin’

Last summer, Gmail added support for Latin characters. It turns out, they’re pretty useful for spammers getting their phish on.

Be careful with this message. Someone might be trying to trick you by using similar-looking characters (such as Σ and E) in the email addresses contained in this message.

So let me get this straight. I’m not only supposed to read an email’s from address, but I’m supposed to pay special attention to each character?

My father once left himself logged in to Paypal on a library computer, losing all of $30. God knows what he’s been clicking on these days.

A Few

Apparently people have been using pinch-to-zoom on their desktop browsers? Which actually may not be that crazy, since those Apple laptops sell pretty well. Not surprisingly, Chrome’s pinch-to-zoom wasn’t as smooth as Safari’s. The latest Chrome Canary aims to fix that.

Also news to me, the Internet Archive has an entire Archived Software Library, which is pretty rad, if you’re into that sort of thing. It looks like now, those archived pieces of software (read: games) are now embeddable. Pretty rad, again, if you’re into that sort of thing. Note: The embedded games seem to have mixed results. But what a concept! Next on their list: Export a game as HTML5. Just kidding.

If you didn’t buy the in-app purchase of the full toolset in Paper, way back when, all the Paper tools are now available for free.

Is the iPad Not Mobile?

The popular iOS app, Flipboard, aims to elevate content layout and interaction on the web.

Flipboard for mobile web is a case study in pushing the browser to its limits. While this approach may not be suitable for all applications, for us it’s enabled a level of interaction and performance that rivals native apps.

Flipboard.com’s approach largely involves eschewing traditional HTML, CSS, & Javascript, in favor of HTML5’s canvas element.

While interesting (and a bit over my head), why is it that when visiting Flipboard.com on the iPad, we’re presented with a roadblock page, instructing us to use the iPad app for “the best Flipboard experience”?

Where’s the mobile canvas experience that rivals native apps?

flipboard-ipad-screenshot

Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle

This particular “Pay what you want” pricing is a pretty clever approach. You’re required to pay at least the average selling price.

It’d be interesting to see the price fluctuation throughout. Does the average selling price result in what “the man” thinks it’s worth?

Input type=email, Most Commonly Used Advanced Input Type

Poll results: popular input types

The results are surprising, while I expected date and number to end in first and second place, the most popular type was actually email.

Personally, I would have guessed that type="tel" would be leading the charge. Not for telephone entries specifically, but any input that is expecting a number of any kind, the type="tel" attribute invokes the number keyboard on iOS devices; Minus the finicky limitations that are associated with type="number".

Grunticon

Grunticon – A Flexible SVG Workflow

Grunticon is a Grunt.js task that makes it easy to use SVGs for crisp, resolution independent icons, logos, illustrations and background images. SVGs aren’t supported everywhere so Grunticon auto-generates bitmap (PNG) fallback images and loads the right format for compatibility with pretty much any browser

If you’re just getting started with SVG’s, this may be a bit intense. Otherwise, this grunt task looks like it contains some useful options, such as auto-generating fallbacks for that sometimes-we-still-need-to-support IE8.