RIP Google Reader: 10/21/2005 – 06/30/2013


You will forever remain my most favourite RSS reader.

I am searching for words to express my sadness after I read the news of Google retiring (i.e. killing) Google Reader. Let me just borrow the most important statements from that post and publish here:

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.
Then what about that *devoted following*? Is it just a foolish bunch who had immense faith in Google Reader than even Google’s own management and team?
Google; you have rights to develop or kill your products. But trust me, you have lost that immensely devoted followers of your product. Soon enough, you would be pressing your own self-destruction button and get lost.
I’m deeply sad, to understate my mindset.
VAIDY
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Google Drive is Live


Alright, this is an off-post. Certainly nothing to do with GP or anything even feebly related to GP.

Google Drive is live.

Google Drive is Google’s answer to Drop Box, Box.net, Skydrive, etc., which provides cloud storage facility. And since it’s Google, we do have that ability to share easily, G+ integration, searching abilities, etc.

It’s 5GB initially and can be upped to 25GB by paying as less as $2.50/month. (Microsoft Skydrive has opened up 25GB for FREE for a limited period).

One thing which I loved reading about Google Drive is the ability to go back in time. You read it on the official portal, link for which is given above.

Interesting stuff. Let’s wait and see how Google Drive is going to compete with all other players.

VAIDY

RIP Apture – I Will Miss You


How many of my blog readers remember about my blog being enabled with Apture Highlights?

It’s very sad that this beautiful feature is now no more. I got to know this long back, but the feature that I added on my blog still worked; until this morning.

You check out Apture’s Site. All you got to see is a message from Apture Team as below:

I am not sure what to express, but only one thing which I feel right now is this: Google, you have successfully killed one more beautiful product.

RIP Apture. I loved your features. I loved the way you simplified my vocabulary learning. I loved the way you just simply popped out of the web page without taking me to any other site. I loved the way you were just a simple yet catchy product called Apture. I was so in awe that I put your logo on my blog and proudly claimed that my blog got “Aptured”.

Not any more.

I will surely miss you.

VAIDY