It has been a long two weeks since Google announced the death of Google Reader. This left many people scrambling for new solutions as the clock countdowns to its shutdown on July 1st, 2013. There are many alternatives out there of various types. Feedly, for example, has been working on a Reader alternative that uses the same API. The service is also working to offer more Reader like features to welcome the over half a million Reader Refugees. They seem very determined to be the new Reader, and are even welcoming those interested in their API-compatibility to enable their applications to keep working. For me, however, this was too fancy. Most of us who are interested in replacing Reader emphasize text. We want the experience of a newspaper, not a magazine. Most Readers use the traditional Inbox style of receiving, akin to email programs. The information is the most important part. For this, I skipped over TheOldReader, which was designed to mimic the original Google Reader design, and went straight to two open source projects. Newsblur Newsblur is the brainchild of Samuel Clay. In addition to the standard Inbox display, it allows [...]
Google Reader Archive
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Guru is offering a contest, thanks to last week’s guest.
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Android Buffet…now with live studio audience…
- Get Stuff Done in the Cloud. Go Google.
- Dilbert once again nails it with App Privacy…and Google Glasses
- Furious Judge decries blizzard of copyright troll lawsuits. Copyright trolls have likely stiffed the judicial system to the tune of millions of dollars.
- Discovery Communications buys Revision3…anyone want to buy us?
- Netbook shipments down 34 percent from last year, now about 5 percent of total shipments, compared to 13 two years ago. Has the tablet killed the netbook?
- The State of Mobile: Less Talking, Fewer Texts, More Data
- How Smartphones and Tablets are fueling Commerce. Nielsen reports 79 percent of respondents in a survey conducted in the first quarter said they had shopped using their smartphone or tablet. But when it came time to buy, 42 percent of tablet owners said they bought purchased items on their device compared to 29 percent of smartphone owners. Less than 30 percent of users have used their device for mobile payments.
- Infographic: Features your next Smartphone might have.
- In 2011, for the first time, smartphone sales outsold computers
- By 2015, it is estimated tablet sales will parallel computer sales, while smartphones will hit 1 billion sold
- In 2016, 72% of smartphones will include touchscreen only interface, but in the future, physical gestures, eye tracking, and voice control may play a bigger role.
- Better Cameras
- Platform News
- ICS now on 4.9% of devices.
- IDC claims tablet shipments dropped 38% last quarter.
- Oracle vs. Google reaches a unanimous decision by the jury on all but one question. Jury to take weekend to see if they can reach a decision about the remaining question.
- Meanwhile, EU rules that APIs can’t be copyrighted, as this would monopolize ideas. Computer code itself can be copyrighted, but functional characteristics—such as data formats and function names—cannot be. “To accept that the functionality of a computer program can be protected by copyright would amount to making it possible to monopolise ideas, to the detriment of technological progress and industrial development,” the court stated.
- Ars Technica reports that several malicious apps remain in the Google Play store despite Bouncer, and numerous malicious reviews.
- Samsung open sources ICS Code for the Galaxy Tab 2.
- Are Verizon reps pushing 4G Android Smartphones over the iPhone?
- Play Store now lets you charge purchases to your phone bill on select carriers.
- Android Open Kang Project reaches Milestone 5.
- Pause for Station ID and feedback request in middle of show.
- App News
- Facebook responds to feedback and removes camera/messenger buttons in latest update
- Titanium Backup Pro adds Google Drive support.
- Adobe Flash Player updated, bringing more security patches.
- Facebook Messenger updated with read receipts and usability tweaks
- D7 Google Reader updated to 2.0. Offers a new UI redesign, featuring an action bar inspired by Gmail, Readability mobilizer support, Save to Readability, bug fixes, and more. Guru’s phone reader of choice (Play Link)
- HBO and Max Go updated with ICS phone support.
- Calculations: An ICS style multi-function calculator with currencies, tipping, mortgage, measurements. Still needs improvement. (Play Link)
- Flipboard for Android is coming, exclusive to the Galaxy SIII, but eventually to the store. Flipboard was the original magazine style news viewer.
- New Swiftkey Beta available, offers improved ui with dedicated comma key, refined smart punctuation popup, improved lag and functionality.
- Firefox tries to unify design amongst all versions of browser.
- ESET Mobile leaves beta. (Play Store)
- Soundwire streams audio from your PC to your phone.
- Paper Camera update to version 3, bringing front-facing camera support, social and more. (Play Link)
- Alt Mounter simulates usb storage on ICS, and acts as a MTP replacement with the help of a help app on the computer.
- Ally Bank debuts mobile banking apps. (Play Link)
- Lookout introduces Install Monitoring and File System monitoring (Play Link)
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Our special guest this episode is Steve McLaughlin, the Door to Door Geek, co-host of Linux for the Rest of Us, LinuxBasix, Android App Addicts, and the recently launched Droid Nation. “You too can run Linux each and every day and feel safe and productive doing anything you set your mind to.”
- In Other News
- File Sharing is now a Religion known as Kopimism, and has been recognized as such in Sweden.
- “Let science flow, through fiber an’ through copper. Let knowledge fly through our satellites and back. Let understanding be copied to each others minds, through dialogue and reading. Now seed, download and seed. Let love flow, through fiber and through copper. Let knowledge fly, over fax and over irc. Let bits sweep, over torrents and over mail.”
- Platform News
- Latest Platform numbers: Cupcake: 0.6% Donut: 1.1%, Eclair: 8.5%, Froyo: 30.4%, Gingerbread: 55.5%, Honeycomb, 3.3%, ICS: 0.6%.
- Barnes and Noble is violating the GPL by not releasing source code for the Nook Tablet that will actually compile.
- Top 1% of Mobile Users Consume Half of World’s Bandwidth. In 2009, the top 3 percent of users generated 40 percent of network traffic, now this has increased to 70%.
- A $250 unlocked dual SIM Viewsonic phone?
- The Android Market now contains over 400,000 active applications, 68% are free or freemium vs paid.
- ICS is forcing availability of Holo Theme as a precondition of being a Google branded device. This means that while the manufacturers can skin, the holo theme must be available for use, offering a consistent theme for developers. They have created a DeviceDefault designator to specify the device’s default skin. This will break some things in earlier versions. One developer explains the solution.
- FilmOn Air portable tuner brings OTA HD channels to mobile devices. Battery operated streaming tuner?
- How Getting Featured in the Android Market boosted Runkeeper App Downloads by 637%.
- App News
- Tether by ClockworkMod – USB Tether App, no Root Required (Market Link)
- Tasker updated, adds ‘scenes’, allows users to design custom graphical interfaces, which appear as overlays, dialogs, or full activities. (Market Link)
- TIVO releases app.(Market Link)
- Sandisk Memory Zone exiting beta.
- Google Listen updated…didn’t they promise that at Google I/O two years ago?
- Should Listen get rolled into Google Music, instead of being part of Google Reader?
- TuneIn Radio adds car mode with voice control. (Market link)
- Siri alternative Iris partners with ChaCha for more information.
- Asus says Transformer ICS update to come soon after Prime update.
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Guru tries to use his phone in the shower, more exciting news, and another guest coming soon.
- Platform News
- App News
- Twitter buys Tweetdeck, future of client questioned by users
- Google Earth updated, optimized for tablets
- Mapquest for Android incorporates Skyhook’s hybrid location system (Market Link)
- Viber, popular VoIP app for iOS coming to Android, currently for beta testers only. Can be set as default dialing app, so if one of your contacts has Viber, will prioritize that over minutes use.
- PowerAMP updated, adds cloud backup support for settings, .cue file support, silence removal, gapless playback, and crossfade. (Market Link)
- Google Maps updated to 5.4.0, brings map search history, option to report Destination Not Here to Navigation
- Book recommendation service Goodreads launches Android app. Official Press Release. (Market Link)
- Pandora adds 10,000 comedy clips
- PBS launches Super Why for Android (Amazon Appstore Link)
- The Internet Chess Club comes to Android with official app. (Market Link) Requires ICC membership(USD70/yr)
- Google Shopper updated with new UI (Market Link)
- PDANet now updated with function to hide tethering usage (Market Link)
- BusyMe for Android offers ringer mute during appointments on your Google Calendar (Market Link)
- News Reading
- Taptu updated, optimized for Honeycomb tablets (Market Link). Offers Google Reader import.
- Taptu vs Pulse(Market Link) – Taptu excerpts stories and forces users to open full stories in the browser.
- Newsroom Trial (Market Link) – Trial offers nice presentation and full article read, but no Reader integration.
- Feedly launches for version 2.0 Android (Market Link) – integrates Google Reader, Instapaper, and Read It Later.
- Presto Sound Library – adds support for variable speed/pitch playback in Doggcatcher, BeyondPod, PodTrapper. (Market Link, $3.99)
- Developer’s Corner
- Taptu Social News Feed Reader Tuned for Android Phones & Tablets (socialtimes.com)
- Taptu spins its “news DJ” app on Android tablets (venturebeat.com)
- Google Earth Tuned for Android Tablets (socialtimes.com)
- Make Free VoIP Calls On Android With The Soon To Be Launched Viber App (androidpolice.com)
- Tablet-Optimized Feedly 2.0 Arrives with Simplicity, Elegance (androidguys.com)
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It is amazing that we would come full circle from where we were when we started with Twitter in January of 2009. When we began using Twitter, part of the…
One of the hardest things to do in writing a blog is keeping up on all the developing news and keeping track of reference materials that might be needed for a story. Research is very important, and for the longest time, we neglected keeping our materials organized to the point we ended up with thousands of bookmarks inside which we could never find anything.