→ Chrome mobile web apps

This upcoming release of Chrome for Android will allow you to create shortcuts to your favorite websites right from your homescreen for faster and easier access to the web. When visiting a site you’d like to save, simply select “Add to homescreen” from the toolbar menu.

Then anytime you’d like to open the saved website, just tap its icon on your homescreen. For certain websites, the shortcut will open in a full-screen experience and appear as a separate app in the Android app switcher.

Application shortcuts on Android – Google Chrome Blog

Better late than never.

This version of Chrome also introduces a somewhat questionable feature to proxy all HTTP requests over Google’s servers so they can be compressed with SPDY and images converted to WebP.

→ Walks.IO – OpenStreetMap Mashup

A very clever mashup that combines OSM with data from Ordnance Survey, Natural England, English Heritage, Canal and River Trusts to programatically generate circular walks from rail and tube stations.

Walks.io is a state of the art outdoor activity planner that uses artificial intelligence and open data. Taking into account various information available from governmental bodies such as locations of national parks, heritage coasts, listed buildings and many others it plans the most attracting walking route that tries to avoid busy roads and leads through as many natural and urban landmarks as possible.

About Walks.IO – Walks.IO

→ Intel Edison

Discover the Intel® Edison development board, a tiny, ultra-power-efficient development platform the size of an SD card that is small enough to drop into just about anything. […]

The Intel Edison board features a low-power 22nm 400MHz Intel® Quark processor with two cores, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and much more.

Intel Edison Development Board – Intel

Announced at this years CES an interesting one-up from the Raspberry Pi’s credit card(ish) form factor. No details on pricing or availability though.

→ The scale of mobile

Benedict Evans on things to come:

Some time in the next six months, the number of smartphones on earth will pass the number of PCs. […]

In truth, none of us have really internalised what change this means. The fact that Apple makes more money than Microsoft or that smartphones outsell PCs isn’t really the point. Rather, the entire internet is being changed fundamentally – both the size and the character of the internet are going to look quite different from what we have been used to. […]

A great many industries that came unscathed through the first wave of the internet – the desktop wave – are now facing disruption.

What does mobile scale mean? – Benedict Evans