Yes, it’s as simple as that: this is a reader app that merges several different news sources (which includes facebook, twitter, feedly, feedbin and app.net) into one convenient place for binge reading.
I’ve been using Feedly as an alternative because the mobile apps are quite good and the website is a “prettier” google reader. And they actually listen to the users and implement requested features. Also, it seems my Mac RSS app of choice, Reeder, will soon have support for it, so I probably won’t miss Google Reader that much.
If you like celebrating your geek genes, Codebits is the event for you. I’ve participated in the last two instances of the event and I have to say that it’s definitely the best technology-related event of the year, every year. Well, how could it not be?
Imagine 800 geeks in one huge room with 4 stages with all kinds of interesting presentations, a 48-hour programming contest, assorted junk food, a presentation karaoke, a quiz challenge, (almost) no sleep and nuclear tacos. Epic, right?
So, if you feel like you need to take a few days off of your boring work environment, just consider taking a 3-day vacation in Lisbon and enjoy this great geek event. In case you’re worried that the event takes place in Portugal and you don’t speak the language, don’t be. Codebits is open to everyone and is mostly spoken in English.
A few weeks ago, I was discussing with some colleagues what the next big thing in technology would be. As always, it’s very difficult to accurately predict anything in the technology world but I ventured in saying that human-machine interaction is where we have the most potential right now.
My point was based on the fact that the devices we have nowadays are more or less stuck on a simple evolution process that is (almost) nothing more than upgrading their specifications (a better display, a faster processor, etc…) but without actually adding anything innovative. Human-machine interaction is where I think there is more room for innovation right now. You can see those attempts in things like the Siri for the iPhone 4S and similar approaches on Android.
Now I’m glad to see that there are more people betting on this specific area of technology. Last week the world became acquainted with The Leap:
Superb demo and if the accuracy and speed of the device is half of what is showed in the video, this is going to be awesome.
Now, my colleague David did a post (in Portuguese) on these technologies and I have to say I was quite impressed by Touché:
The technology is still very new but the potential for touch-based applications is mind-blowing.