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First Impressions: Flyne. The Offline Reader

The first thing you see when you run the app.

The first thing you see when you run the app.

Fresh from the mind of the creator of Falcon Pro is the newly released Flyne a offline news reader for android.  This application takes on the wide assortment of news readers available for android but with one interesting twist once refreshed you data connection isn’t required to read the content. Meanwhile this is most likely this is not the first application of its type but it definitely stands out as the as one of the more elegant ones.

Adding content is quite simple out of the box since they provide a curated list of news sources in their Popular Feeds list in addition to the support of Twitter and Feedly. Now the support of Twitter and Feedly will set you back $1.03 CAD or $0.99 USD for a Premium upgrade In-App Purchase which may upset some.

The Reading of feeds once you add some sources (possibly upgrade to premium) is quite simple and gesture based in addition to the classic android hamburger menu on left. Swiping in from left or clicking on the  3 lines (hamburger) button brings up the feed  list and swiping in from the right brings up the article list. Swiping left or right in the content  area goes to next article or back to previous article.

The application has rather basic but decent Settings under the menu icon on the right as well. When it syncs or how much to sync is under the Sync  and Cache settings and you enable night mode or resize the text under Display settings. I’m sure as the app develops over time more settings will be added but thats not a bad start for a new application.

Overall this is a great start for a new app release but there is one thing that i’d say it needs. The Feedly support seems to be import only not sync and that could be a show stopper for many users but since this is a beta there is a chance it may be added.

If you are looking for a new news reader for your android device check out Flyne.

Check it out at http://flyneapp.com/

News from the world of Google

This is the semi-return of my mini digest form of post… I couldn’t let this news from Google go without post on it.

1. Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

From Google Blog

2. Google Apps out of Beta

We’re often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of “beta” software as not being yet ready for prime time.

Ever since we launched the Google Apps suite for businesses two years ago, it’s had a service level agreement, 24/7 support, and has met or exceeded all the other standards of non-beta software. More than 1.75 million companies around the world run their business on Google Apps, including Google. We’ve come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn’t fit for large enterprises that aren’t keen to run their business on software that sounds like it’s still in the trial phase. So we’ve focused our efforts on reaching our high bar for taking products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark.

From Google Blog

Digest Combo #74,#75,#76

Another late set of posts.. Sorry for being SO late I blame the jailbreak research.

Here are the links for:

Wednesday, March 18 2009
Y Combinator Demo Day Spring 2009
10% Layoffs At Ustream
Windows Live Messenger Now Lets You Add Chat To Your Website
Google Launches Chrome Experiments To Showcase JavaScript Applications
SXSW: Foursquare Scores Despite Its Flaws
Fennec (Firefox Mobile) Shows Off Its Beta
Big Blue Wants To Swallow Sun For $6.5 Billion
Amazon Shutters Unpopular Alexa Site Thumbnail Service
Counting Crows Go Label-Free

Tuesday, March 17 2009
Major Book Publishers Start Turning To Scribd
MySpaceID Gets An Upgrade, But Did It Already Miss The Boat?
iPhone OS 3.0 Hands-On
iPhone OS 3.0 Gallery and Initial Impressions
Echodio Lets You Sync Your iTunes To The Cloud (300 Invites)
Nobody is Dancing At ChaCha. One Third Of Employees Get Pink Slips, Salary Cuts For The Rest
The Perils Of Cloud Computing: Privacy Group Wants To Take Your Gmail Away
Nonoba Enters The Flash Games Arena With GameRise, A “Ning For Gaming Sites”
SocialCalendar Organizes Your Social Life
JotNot Turns Your iPhone’s Camera Into A Document Scanner
Google Chrome Unleashes a Speedier Beta
Giggiddy: Seth MacFarlane Joins Hulu’s Alien Plot
UnHub Offers A Simple Way To Showcase The Online You
Apture Raises $4.1 Million Round For Contextual Rich Media Overlays
Alltop Launches Personalized Feed Reader That Can Hardly Be Personalized

Monday, March 16 2009
Loudcrowd Marries Gaming And Music In A Virtual World
The Ultra-thin Dell Adamo Spotted At SXSW
Twitter’s OAuth Support Now In Public Beta
Facebook: Privacy Now Optional
Use Cloudkick To Manage Amazon Web Services’ EC2
Twitter Experimenting With Text Advertising
AdMob Is Working On An iPhone App Exchange To Swap Ads For Traffic
Facebook’s fbFund Is Accepting Applications For FB Connect And iPhone Apps
Socialmedian Makes It Easy For You To Spread Social News On Facebook
TweetDeck Joins The Facebook Connect Army
Y Combinator Gets The Sequoia Capital Seal Of Approval
Daily News Habit Doubles Among U.S. Mobile Users
Plugg 2009: Videos, Pictures And Presentations
Cloudera Raises $5 Million Series A Round For Hadoop Commercialization

Safari 4 Beta for Windows and Mac

Well it is that time again Apple has relased the Safari 4 beta For Mac OS X 10.4/10.5 and Windows XP/Vista (I’m sure it will work in Windows 7 Beta). This time around it brings a new javascript engine called Nitro that claims to be the fastest. Som more of the new features include: Coverflow in bookmarks manager, 3d style top sites view that shows sites that you view often, top title bar style tabs, and the most important of the features is os native themes (It now looks proper on windows). Yes all of that does sound much like Google Chrome (Except the coverflow bookmarks) but it is done its own style.

The bookmark manager stil exibits the same issues as the prvious versions… the issue is where sometimes titles are not imported right from firefox exported bookmarks.html. Bookmarks access is a pain for those who choose to hide the bookmarks bar due to the auto hide menu bar (Which you can set to always show). And if you hide the bookmarks bar you loose access to the Bookmarks and Top Sites buttons.

Over all it is a good browser but is not enough to get me to switch from my Chrome knock off Firefox setup. For those looking to try another browser you can check it out at apples site (http://www.apple.com/safari/).

Safari 4 Beta for Windows - Classic Safari 4 Beta for Windows - Luna
Safari 4 Beta for Windows - Royale Safari 4 Beta for Windows - Aero Glass
Safari 4 Beta for mac - Leopard