10 min ago
Feedly launches 'Feedly Cloud' sync platform, new web interface
Press RSS reader, among others, also updated to support new Feedly services
Feedly, one of the leading Google Reader replacement services, announced major restructuring of its services today with a new cloud infrastructure and web interface. Posted on its official blog, Feedly unveiled what it calls "Feedly Cloud", a scalable infrastructure it says is ready to replace Google Reader. The new Feedly Cloud provides several benefits, the first of which is one-click import from Google Reader -- new users to the service can now simply pull everything over seamlessly from their Google account and start using Feedly right away.
Existing users will simply have to make sure that they have the latest version of Feedly installed, and their accounts will be migrated to Feedly Cloud over the next few days. Additionally, the new service allowed Feedly to create a stand-alone web interface (found simply at cloud.feedly.com) that works in all major browsers without plugins or extensions.
39 min ago
Ematic FunTab Mini 2, another kid-focused tablet
A simple, tough tablet for children that comes in at just $69
Ematic is launching another tablet in its "FunTab" line of kid-focused devices, this time in a smaller form factor with the Mini 2. Just like its other devices, the FunTab Mini 2 is designed from the ground-up with young children in mind, with software and hardware that is designed to be simple and robust. The Mini 2 runs a software layer called "Zoodles Kid Mode", giving them access to a small set of games and tools that are fun and educational. It also provides parents with easy tools to watch their child's progress after the fact.
This 4.3-inch "tablet" of sorts is designed to take a beating with big bezels and rubberized grips along the sides, keeping it safe from the inevitable bumps it will endure. Inside there's a mild set of specs like a 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and Wifi, but what really matters is the ability to hand a tablet like this to your kid and not worry about it from a hardware or software standpoint. The FunTab Mini 2 is available now for just $69 at both TigerDirect and Amazon.
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1 hour ago
How to install Android apps from the Google Play website
Installing Android apps to your phone or tablet from any computer with a web browser
Google is one of the biggest web service companies around. Their cloud-based apps and services can do some pretty wild and wonderful things, and we're about to look at one of them -- installing apps to your Android device remotely through the Google Play website.
All the complicated issues, like making sure apps are compatible and available for you, or keeping track of which device(s) you're currently using are done by Google behind-the-scenes, leaving us with just a few clicks needed to make some serious magic happen. All you need is an Android device registered with Google Play, and a computer with a modern web browser.
There's a complete video walkthrough of the process after the break, but we'll spend a few minutes and talk about it as well. This is the way I install almost all my apps, because I only have to find them once and can install them to any device I may have in service. It goes a little something like this.
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2 hours ago
The Talk Mobile cross-platform hangout!
2 hours ago
HTC Butterfly S specs and photo gallery: Ridiculously gorgeous
We got a pretty good look at the HTC Butterfly S this morning via HTC's official first-look video. But seeing as how there's very little chance of it being released in the U.S. (we've got the HTC One, after all), it's worth another look.
We've got a bevy of official shots -- as well as the full specs list -- after the break. Enjoy.
3 hours ago
AT&T gets ultra-rugged PTT smartphone in the NEC Terrain
AT&T today announced an ultra-rugged Android smartphone with the added capability of Push-to-Talk in the NEC Terrain. It'll be available June 21 through AT&T Business Solutions and online for $99 on a two-year contract.
The NEC Terrain has a 3.1-inch display (with Gorilla Glass) and full physical QWERTY keyboard. It's powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.5 GHz and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It's got a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3MP camera out front.
3 hours ago
What will it take to get every app on every platform? - Talk Mobile
There are three ways to choose what smartphone experience you're going to have: by carrier, by device, and by apps. Choosing by carrier places the quality of your voice and data service first, whereas making a decision based on the device means you're after a specific platform experience and hardware features. But choosing by apps is trickier.
The current array of mobile ecosystems is simultaneously fragmented and unified across the many platforms. Some major apps are available on all or most platforms, as are apps from smaller developers. Other apps are exclusive to a platform by virtue of features unique to the operating system or the resource constraints of the developer. But if you need that one app to do what you need to do, then the carrier or the device don't matter so much.
But what if all apps could be available on all platforms? Is cross-platform development something that developers should be concerned about, and what are the pitfalls that can be faced in doing so? Is it better to build an app specifically for each platform, or should the app be built with a cross-platform web-based framework?
Users and developers alike can agree that having an app available regardless of platform is a great ideal. But at what cost?
Let's get the conversation started!
4 hours ago
Rockmelt brings the best of the Internet to Android
No longer 'just' a browser, Rockmelt has released its app for Android
Rockmelt is bringing their critically acclaimed "everything" aggregation service and social network to Android, and they're doing so with style. If you're not familiar with Rockmelt, they started life as a web browser on the desktop, complete with social tools and ways to subscribe and share what the web has to offer, and now their new content discovery and delivery system has made it's way into Google Play.
We sat down and had a little chat with Tim Howes, Rockmelt's CTO and Co-founder, and Sharon Chang, Head of Marketing for the company and and discussed both the history of the Rockmelt brand as well as the present iteration. They're excited about what they're doing, and after having a go with the Android version of Rockmelt for a while, I think they have good reason to be.
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4 hours ago
Dolphin Browser hits version 10 with a fresh design, new features
Version 10 brings a refreshed design to the entire app, with small feature enhancements to keep the experience fresh
With over 10 million downloads to date in the Play Store, Dolphin is one of the most popular browsers on Android. It's moving right along with development though, and with a bump up to version 10 including a refreshed interface and new set of features that should build on its great user experience. With its latest version Dolphin left no portion of the interface untouched, keeping the same color scheme but rethinking the design and interaction at every point. On the back-end, a revamped web app store and development tools increase the potential for expansion.
This is a big step towards modernity for Dolphin, and things are looking good. Hang with us after the break where we break down the improvements in Dolphin Browser version 10.