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Changes to computer thinking – Stephen Fry explains cloud computing

Chef gets bionic hand

Android 5.0 “Key Lime Pie” UI Concepts

Droid-life posts some images of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie UI design – lockscreen and homescreen. I like it a lot more than iOS 7 UI design.

Google Axes Google Reader on July 1, 2013

There is big news today, which caused me to run around and shout, “the end is nigh”.
No, it was not about the first non-European pope.
No, it was not about a newly appointed China president.
It began as an ordinary day until I logged in my Google Reader and was greeted by a popup notifying me that Google Reader would be retired on July 1, 2013. Of course, I am talking about Google Reader, which has been my time saver. I am subscribing to 60+ websites, and before Google Reader I would spend hours each day to visit every single website.

Among services that Google offers, I only use three regularly – search, gmail, and reader. Google has been trying hard to evolve and expand in the past 4 years, and so far I feel they have not had anything worth noticing, but failure after failure. There are lots changes and movement, but very little progress. On google blog, it posts a list services that will end in its second spring of cleaning:

  • Apps Script: Sept 16, 2013
  • CalDAV API: Sept 16, 2013
  • Google Building Maker: June 1, 2013
  • Google Cloud Connect: April 30, 2013
  • Google Reader: July 1, 2013
  • Google Voice App for Blackberry: Next week
  • Search API for Shopping: Sept 16, 2013
  • Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows: Mar 13, 2013

So what are the alternatives? I have looked up a few alternatives. Interestingly, many of them are slow, and a few are down. It seems a massive exodus is on the way and people are looking for an alternative. As the result, those websites are flooded with Google Reader refugees. I feel retiring Google Reader could turn out to be a big mistake for Google. Now it may be too late for Google to do any damage control. I won’t go back even if Google Reader avoids the axe.

So far I have three alternatives that seems okay: Feedly, The Old Reader, NewsBlur
The search is still on. Features I look for my next RSS readers:

  1. Browser Add-on (adblocking ads in the RSS feeds)
  2. No Google/Facebook/Twitter login required (More secure and less trouble)
  3. Very user friendly (This one is given)
  4. Offline mode
  5. XML import (Use Google Takeout to export data from my Google Reader and import into the new reader. Quick, simple, painless)
  6. Simple and maybe similar to Google Reader (Clean, little or no clutter; simple, if not simpler.)

I am sure that more RSS feeds/readers will use this opportunity to update and expand, and many websites will also look for alternatives. If you know a great alternative that are not mentioned, feel free to tell me in comment.

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