JAX Friday

Friday Five: Sailfish OS, WiiU doodling and geeky cakes

Elliot Bentley

It may be Black Friday, but we’ve spent the day gathering some of the most entertaining off-topic links of the week.

While many (in the US, at least) will be spending Black
scoring cut-price goods, we’ve been scouring the web for
some of the most interesting and entertaining off-topic links of
the week.

1. MeeGo sails again as Sailfish OS

While the mobile OS market is currently dominated by iOS and
Android, the popularity of our recent
piece on Firefox OS
perhaps reflects a demand for alternatives
(well, besides the Windows Phone). This week, another upstart into
the space showed their hand: Jolla, a Finnish company started by
ex-Nokia engineers who worked on MeeGo, with the stylish

Sailfish OS

Sailfish OS is built on top of Mer, which itself is a fork of
MeeGo. Being Linux-based, it is promised that many Android apps
will run on Jolla devices “unchanged”. The promotional video, which shows
off Sailfish OS’s clean UI, seems dangerously close to a concept
video. However, with a distribution deal already signed with
Finland’s third-biggest mobile network, it may yet have a chance.
We’ll be keeping a tab on this one.

2. Augmented reality kanban board

Kanban boards are a pretty handy way of keeping track of what needs
doing. However, choosing whether to have a real, post-it-based
board, or an online one, is tricky – and not all of us can afford
. The next best thing might be JimFlow, a tool released by web
hosting company Jimdo.

JimFlow promises the best of both worlds, by having a physical
Kanban board with an onscreen equivalent for those out of the
office. All tickets on the board must be printed using a custom
program and then stuck on the board, which is filmed by a digital
camera. Changes to the physical board are immediately reflected in
a browser version and your ticketing system.

It’s a great implementation of a clever idea, and best of all it’s
open source. So why not give
it a try?

3. WiiU doodling madness

Nintendo released their sixth major games console, the WiiU, in the
US this week. The follow-up to the Wii, which was one of the
best-selling consoles of all time, the WiiU features a distinctive
‘tablet’ controller with a large touchscreen (whether this is a
good thing or not is a matter of personal taste).

Less prominent in marketing efforts are the WiiU’s internet
services, which include an intriguing Twitter-like social network
grouped around games. Players can share messages not only as
100-character posts, but also doodles via the tablet controller.
Nintendo-Gamer.net have rounded up a great selection of some of the
creative, hilarious and outright bizarre images
so far. Here’s
our favourite:

4. The disappearing island

We all make mistakes occasionally, but this one surely takes the
biscuit. An island marked on maps for over a decade, including
on Google Maps, appears to
be entirely

The missing land mass was marked as being off the eastern coast of
Australia, named on Google Maps as ‘Sandy Island’. However, when a
team of researchers from the University of Sydney sailed to the
point, they were disappointed to find nothing but seawater.

“How did it find its way onto the maps? We just don’t know, but we
plan to follow up and find out,” Doctor Maria Seton told the AFP
news agency.

5. Cakes for geeks

And finally… we’re big fans of cake here at JAX Towers, and
nothing could make us happier than the coming-together
of both technology and cake
. This wonderful gallery includes
Android wedding cakes, a lifesize replica of the Nintendo
Entertainment System and, perhaps best of all, this impressive
‘Facebook drug cake’.


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