April Fool's 2013 is here (at least in some time zones), and the Internet has already given birth to a few early pranks. We will spend the next two days se... by Artem Russakovskii in Android OS, Off-...
I didn't know this until I watched DNews. After seeing the new episode from the new series of Doctor Who today, DNews did a little story about Technology that already exist from Doctor who. Most of them were just silly stuff, but what caught my attention was the concept of the Weeping Angel.
Uranium is radioactive and decays like it should do. If left unattended, it will decay as per expected. However if you watch it it does not. This is known as a Quantum Zeno. Apparently the Weeping Angel's came from this known phenomenon.
Pretty interesting way to consume food. Theoretically you could mix up all the chemicals and nutrients you need to keep you alive. It could be one way to solve the growing food shortages that we keep hearing about or solve world hunger...
Ok, I watched the Google I/O from 2011 presentation on NFC: http://youtu.be/49L7z3rxz4Q?t=10m20s on peer to peer. The demo was done on Gingerbread and using the application Sticky Notes found: http://...
There was a lot of uproar when Google decided to kill Google Reader. At the time I thought it was a bad move because a lot of people still use it to get their news and updates on topics. I know people like +Lauren Weinstein is a heavy user of Reader and there are petitions out there to keep it.
I haven’t used Google Reader for a couple of years now, so I decided to go back and see why I haven’t. What I notice was that the interface what not great and most importantly I already had a replacement. Flipboard.
Flipboard can consume RSS feeds, but more importantly it looks modern. It feels like I am reading a magazine or a newspaper. That is what attracted to me to it and it fits my needs. But what Flipboard also offers is a way for Content providers to dictate what they want to promote, and therefore use the Flipboard API and provide an even richer experience.
For my needs that is what I want as I am not someone who needs to be informed on every single story. But I know people are die hard RSS fans and they will miss Google Reader. But Google has a replacement for this, Google Currents.
Google Currents I believe has most of the features that Google Reader has. You have the ability to look at RSS feeds, plus Google Current Feeds which Content providers can dictate and sell. For the 90% of people who consume news, this is what we want and this is maybe one reason why Google has decided to kill Google Reader.
It also makes sense to Google as well. Why keep two news/feed aggregators running offering similar features. As we know from when +Larry Page took over, Google are trying to simplify its services and integrate its products. Reader and Currents seems logical to merge together. The question is will Google do it?
I can see Google doing this. They already invested in an Android and iOS app and knowing how web oriented Google are I am sure they will bring out a web version. And with +Android Police finding out Google Play News might be coming soon, Google will need a place to host it right? Google Currents is in the ideal place to do this.
tl;dr So conclusion is, people consume news differently and not everyone is using RSS. RSS is still important and should be a feature in any product that wants to be a serious as a feed aggregator. But there is so many different ways to consume it and Google Reader just does not have the features anymore to stay relevant. Google has Currents and Reader and in my opinion it makes sense to get rid of one and put your efforts in the other. Currents needs to be web based though and I am putting a massive IF to Google if they will build it but I see no reason why they don’t. I guess with Google Play News rumours we probably see something by Google I/O, just in time before Reader dies on 1st July 2013.
Google Reader is being shut down 1 July. I use it constantly so this is seriously painful to me. Recommendations for alternatives with good desktop and Android capabilities would be appreciated. Nothing fancy, just the basic capabilities to plow through lots of headlines and summaries quickly. Thanks. (I can't say the handwriting hasn't been on the wall for some time now.)
We're living in a new kind of computing environment. Everyone has a device, sometimes multiple devices. It's been a long time since we have had this rate of change—it probably hasn't happened since th...
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