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Version 3.0 of the NewsBlur Android App

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Hot on the heels of version 3.0 of the NewsBlur iOS app comes the next version of the Android app. A bunch of new features have made it into this release, including the include a new story navigation pane and the text view.

Here’s what you can see use today in the Android app:

  • New story traversal buttons make it easy to flip between stories.
  • New text view fetches and parses the story from the original site.
  • New logo.
  • Public comments are now be hidden in preferences.
  • Ability to unsave stories.
  • Numerous bugs squashed and crashes fixed.

Thanks to our Android developer Daniel, the next version is already starting development, so shout out to @newsblur with your feedback and ideas for new features.

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foldip
1798 days ago
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Thanks for the "Unsave", still missing the "Offline" :)
llucax
1790 days ago
+1, offline is a MUST :)
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nipun89
1777 days ago
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Please add the gestures that the iOS app has to the Android app (e.g. swipe to mark as read)
Harare, Zimbabwe
nealkemp
1798 days ago
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Woohoo! Story mode is great, don't have to drop out the app for sites with holding pages any more!
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vandalmonkey
1798 days ago
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Sideloaded it onto my BlackBerry Z10 and it works awesome! I wish NewsBlur would release an official app into BlackBerry World.
Canada
MatthewMk2
1798 days ago
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Works great sideloaded onto BlackBerry 10.
Canada
angelchrys
1798 days ago
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Hooray for being able to unsave stories!
Overland Park, KS
schneitj
1798 days ago
Yes, unsave was a huge feature for me. I use save as a triage, lacking this had me looking at alternatives.

The Best And Worst Parts Of Sports In One Video

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After going out of his way to tie the shoe of his opponent, a player was penalized by the referee for a delay of game. On the subsequent free kick, the player one-ups his previous act of sportsmanship.
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Portable Native Client: The "pinnacle" of speed, security, and portability

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Native Client (NaCl) brings the performance and low-level control of native code to modern web browsers, without sacrificing the security benefits and portability of web applications. By helping developers directly leverage the power of the underlying CPU and GPU, NaCl enables web applications from photo editing and audio mixing, to 3D gaming and CAD modeling. Today, we’re launching Portable Native Client (PNaCl, pronounced pinnacle), which lets developers compile their code once to run on any hardware platform and embed their PNaCl application in any website.

Under the hood, PNaCl works by compiling native C and C++ code to an intermediate representation, rather than architecture-specific representations as in Native Client. The LLVM-style bytecode is wrapped into a portable executable, which can be hosted on a web server like any other website asset. When the site is accessed, Chrome fetches and translates the portable executable into an architecture-specific machine code optimized directly for the underlying device. This translation approach means developers don’t need to recompile their applications multiple times to run across x86, ARM or MIPS devices.


PNaCl unlocks the power of native performance for applications like Bullet physics simulators and Lua interpreters. For now PNaCl is Chrome only, but developers can make their PNaCl applications compatible with other browsers via pepper.js, which allows applications to use the Pepper API from JavaScript.

Portable Native Client provides a natively fast, secure option to meet the demands of a new generation of web applications. As always, we look forward to your questions and feedback on Stack Overflow or our discussion forum, and will host a Google Developers Live event on Thursday, November 14th to answer your questions. Visit gonacl.com for tutorials, documentation, and to get the SDK.

Posted by David Sehr, Summiting Engineer and Mountain Man
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Java 2.0 – and in keeping with that fine tradition of QA, all of the demos tell me they require Chrome 31 — in Chrome 31…
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Portable Class Libraries just got REALLY useful with new licensing changes

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Flickr Photo by thienzieyung used under Creative Commons
 

It takes a little while to turn a large ship. I love the .NET community and I'm happy to have been a part of it from the beginning. I'm also happy that I'm helping (in a small way) turn the ship from the engine room along with a lot of like-minded individuals.

Sometimes what seems like a "can't you just" request requires days and weeks of legal this-and-that and meetings and "alignment" (that's a thing business people LOVE to say). But if you're patient and keep pushing, change happens.

You have have noticed on the .NET Blog this week that Portable Class Libraries are now enabled for Xamarin. You perhaps remember this post on Portable Class Libraries that I wrote, with this screenshot:

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Today on 2013 with Xamarin installed, I see this after File | New Project.

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Of course, there's still wasted space, but I hope you can see the change. ;) The more interesting,  perhaps, change is the legal licensing changes to make sure you're allowed to use useful Portable Libraries on other platforms, like Xamarin.

In my original post there were negative (and these discussions continued on Twitter and UserVoice) comments like:

Hi Scott, unfortunately that wasted space you refer to can't be used until MS changes the licensing on many of their Nuget components (e.g. HttpClient) as these stipulate that they have to be used on Windows systems... making them far from portable!
Are you aware of this, and do you know whether this situation will change in the near future?

Yes, it just changed. We've been lifting these as fast as we could, starting with ASP.NET Katana in July, getting PCLs everywhere, and finally changing licenses on ALL these libraries this week.

The lifting of this restriction also applies to some non-portable libraries like, ALL the Microsoft .NET NuGet Libraries, the Entity Framework and all of the Microsoft AspNet packages.

Go forth and be happy. Even  better, you can use these portable libraries as  dependences to new portable libraries that you create and share.

Ships may turn slowly, but they do turn, and ultimately, in significant ways.


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Microsoft launches devs into the CLOUD with Visual Studio Online

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Hosted Hoested services accompany Visual Studio 2013 launch

Timed to coincide with the general availability of Visual Studio 2013 and .Net 4.5.1, Microsoft has launched Visual Studio Online, a new, hosted offering designed for web and application developers.…

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after "could servers" now we have "cloud workstations"
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Try editing your images in the cloud via Mainframe2

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This may be the future of computing in the post-PC era. Embedded in this page is a fully functional copy of Adobe Photoshop running in the cloud using the Mainframe2 interface to Amazon Web Services’ EC2 graphical cloud that I mentioned last week and the week before.

You can’t (yet) upload your own pictures to this demo but you can open pre-loaded files and manipulate them as you like. Try it on Windows or Mac using Safari or Chrome for now (more html5 browsers coming including those for Android and iOS). No plugins!  Let me know how it works for you. And remember this application was ported to the cloud in about 10 minutes.

I’ll be especially interested to hear from readers outside the USA to see if latency issues kill the experience.

For today the servers all run from Amazon EC2 US West (it should be live in EC2 US East shortly, just not today). Very soon, they’ll be connecting people to the closest Mainframe2 server.

For this demo and to keep things simple they are not enabling a “bring your own file” feature, but will be rolling out support for Dropbox, Box, and all other major cloud storage solutions soon.  Here’s a video showing how it will run with Box, for example.

What will this mean for your applications?


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