Google Graveyard is here for the Mourners

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Someone mentioned this new App in a tweet today. A place to mourn your dead Google Apps :-). Have Google taken your cookies just because they can, this is the place to mourn and protest. See all App Google has killed during the years. Now they are coming up with new Products, who is ever going to trust them with their valuable again if they can just throw the swtich at whim without even a courtesy of explanation. Google is power-drunk with their monopoly, they can afford to do anything since they have friends in high places.

Mourn with us while you can, YouTube is another target I hear, only usable if you’re on Google+. So someone like me without a Google account is blocked for life. Way to go Google. “Do no Evil” my foot!

Download this app now and mourn with thousands/millions of Reader users.

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Discourse News Reader is Back in the Store! – Now for the Money

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Guys, good news! Kindred Intellect is back in the Store with Discourse, your awesome News Reader App of yore, and this time for the money. Those of you that started this Windows 8 journey with us right from DP will remember Discourse. It was the de facto News Reader till a few months before RTM. Kindred Intellect just mysteriously pulled the App from the Store without any form of warning nor reason. Yours truly have attempted to contact them severally to get a low-down on what transpired, no response. Did they have a blow-out with Microsoft? Were they using a component to which Microsoft objected? You know, you can only speculate when the news source refuses to talk to you. Like they say, Nature abhors vacuum, you just can’t evict yourself from the market and expect the whole world to wait, or collapse in your absence. Discourse space was promptly filled by News Bento App in the Store. Now Discourse has a competition in its hands. News Bento is free as air, and Discourse is $3,00 bucks with no option to try. They are really going for the money this time around. I wonder how they’ll fair now in the Store.

I have just done a feature comparison with their last version before they dropped out of limelight, I don’t see any difference, they are probably sporting their last version 1.3.2.202 with a bit of polish I guess. Here is the latest description of the new old app in the Store:

Read all your news articles in full detail regardless of source

Create your own news sections using any feeds you like

Take in the full detail of every article with great readability

Description
* Discourse allows you to keep up with your favorite news sources in a clear, picture-rich, easy to read newspaper-like format.
* Read the full content of the majority articles right from within Discourse, even for custom feeds, and pages you Share into Discourse using the Share charm!
* Optimized for great execution on Surface & Windows RT machines
* Pin a live tile to your start screen for any section, including custom sections.
* Create your own ‘Sections’ of news, combining one or more of the large number of included feeds, a topic of interest, or by searching for/adding fully custom feeds of your own.
* Share your section definitions with others using the Share Charm
* ‘Topic Sections’ use keywords to maintain a set of up-to-date news articles about a particular topic. (Powered by Bing, Google and Yahoo)
* Import whole sections and individual feed subscriptions directly from Google Reader
* Import and Export your feeds (as OPML files) and section definitions (as SECTION files). You can also export and import from SkyDrive, just use the picker and choose SkyDrive.
* Once your sections are created, simply running Discourse will sync your news and you can then go offline if you wish.
* Search for articles across your sections using the “Search Charm”.
* You can also save pages to Discourse’s “Saved Stories” section so you can read them later, offline, at your leisure.
Privacy policy: http://www.kindredintellect.com/privacy.html

Features
Offline, full content, news reader, using a clear presentation for great readability
Combine your own custom feeds with the large number included

Well, there you have it. The riddle resolved itself. Discourse is back in the Store. The question is would you plunk your cash down for the Reader now, especially seeing a free competition would give it a run for its money. If Discourse fails to gain traction in the Store, it will not be because the App is not worthy, but because the vendor made a gamble that backfired. When you are king, you just don’t abdicate, not without a reason. You just give people a chance to crown another king. Period. I’ll keep an eye on this development. I see news down the line.

If you are ready to buy Discourse, please download via the Source link below. I am curious if any of you that know Discourse in its hay days have anything to say in response to this. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Source: Windows Store

Windows App Feature: News Bento – The Best News Reader App in the Store

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My search is over! I have found a replacement for Discourse Feed Reader. Discourse was for me the best news reader of yore, but for some very strange reason the vendor pulled the app with Windows 8 RTM, and succinctly informed on their site that there is no further plans for the app for the time being. No explanation why they pulled, no information when they’ll be back in the Store. So you can imagine the frustration with RTM when you miss your fav Reader. Well, the search for a replacement is over, “News Bento” has come to the rescue; and it may even be better in layout than Discourse. And what’s more, it is Free, for now at least.

The App was designed for Metro, it feature a layout that closely resembles the modern newspapers. It is a pleasure to the eyes, and a pleasure to read. Here is quoting the vendor Hubrious from the Store:

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Beautiful News View

Description
The most fluid and beautiful news reader on Windows 8!

Features
Personalized News
Beautiful Magazine View-
Live Tile & Secondary Tile Support
Optimized for Touch and Mouse

As you can see, the GUI is salted with chevrons to indicate actions you can take, there is a time-slider giving visual indication of the news age, links are shown visibly in the article. And once you drop into the detail view, you are not limited to that article alone, but you can pan previous or next articles by just swiping back and forth. Yes I am enjoying this New Reader tremendously, and for a preview app, I can only imagine what they’ll do with it in the future. I have already written the vendors with advice on how to make the app better, for example give option to add your own RSS Source. I have a good feeling this will be a contender for the Best News Reader title in the Store. You too?

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Download the app via the Source Link below.

Source: Windows Store

Changes Coming To Techtronica RSS Syndication [IMPORTANT]

Since the start of Techtronica, we’ve used many different methods to syndicate our information that we share with you everyday. One important method is RSS syndication. Up until recently we’ve used 2 RSS feeds to handle our info through FeedBurner. Now, that has changed.

The reason why we’re doing this is feed#1 (http://feeds.feedburner.com/landorindustries/techtronica) Did not include the publication dates in articles which, in turn, gave us problems and halted the forwarding of articles to our Facebook fan page. Thus interrupting syndication. Now feed #2 (http://feeds.feedburner.com/Tectronica) didn’t have that problem and will become the official feed of Techtronica. But the changes don’t end there.

If you look closely to the URL, Techtronica is mispelled. That has now been changed in the new feed URL http://feeds.feedburner.com/Techtronica. Now for those who follow the old feeds, you now need to follow the updated feed or you WILL not recieve anymore RSS updates because those feeds will cease to exist.

 

We’re sorry if this causes any inconveniences for you, but these changes have been a long time coming. If you have any further questions, comments or problems, please post them in the comments section below.

UPDATE: You have 30 days to switch to the new feed.