Google released the PHP runtime on Google App Engine in limited preview. You can register your App Engine app for limited preview here - https://gaeforphp.appspot.com/. Your app needs to be whitelisted before you can start publishing. Meanwhile you can download the SDK and start developing.
I have been a heavy Google Reader user since 2008. I was not happy with the news that Google Reader is going to be discontinued from July 1, 2013. I started trying a lot of other feed readers/news aggregators – Flipboard, Google Currents, Feedly, and some Chrome Extensions. After trying all of them I stuck to Feedly. Feedly is the one which resembles the most to Google Reader in terms of functionalities. After using it for 3-4 days now, I sometimes feel that it is an enhanced version of Google Reader.
Here are some steps which will help you transition from Google Reader to Feedly easily:
Signup on Feedly with your Google Account. This will import all your Google Reader subscriptions automatically to Feedly.
If you are a keyboard junkie, keyboard shortcuts in the Feedly web app are almost the same as in Google Reader web app. This makes you feel home. (Shift + / or ? for checking out keyboard shortcuts in both)
Similar to “Starred” in Google Reader, Feedly has the concept of “Saved for later”. When you import from Google Reader, Feedly also automatically imports “Starred” items to “Saved for later” items.
You can discover new contents of your interests as in Google Reader.
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Recently on 29th October 2012, Google announced Android 4.2 an incremental update to Android jellybean. They also announced 2 new Nexus devices – Nexus 4, the next mobile of Nexus series manufactured by LG and Nexus 10, a 10 inch tablet manufactured by Samsung.
Here is a list of best new features of Android 4.2 -
Widgets on lock screen: Now you can add widgets to your lock screen. You can swipe left or right of the lock screen to access those widgets. Say for example you can add widgets like stock ticker, calendar etc. on lock screen. So that you don’t have to lock the phone every time you want to access these information quickly. You can add widgets to lock screen from Settings->Security.
Quick settings in Notification bar: Now when you scroll down the notification bar there is a small button for quick settings in the top-right corner. Clicking this button brings a new quick settings menu with all sorts of toggles like – wifi, airplane mode, brightness, wifi, bluetooth etc. Average users won’t need to go to settings most of the time.
If you want to directly access this quick settings menu, there is a gesture shortcut – pull down the notification bar with two fingers.
Gesture Typing: Google added a new keyboard to Android with gesture typing feature. You can swipe through the keyboard to type using one finger. This is very similar to Swype keyboard but with realtime gesture recognition. It keeps on predicting word realtime as you swipe through the keyboard and shows the predicted word in a pop-up.
More of Google Now:My favorite app on Jellybean is Google Now. Its a star-trek like predictive engine from Google. In Android 4.2 they have lot more functionalities to Google Now. It can now automatically notify you of any delivery notifications, flight details on the day of flight, about hotel reservation on the day of check-in etc. (Hint: It automatically extract these kind of information for you from your gmail account). It just works seamlessly you don’t have to ask anything. Just the right information at right time.
Camera: Some uber-cool new features in camera has been introduced.
One of them is Photo Sphere – Earlier you could just take 180 degrees panorama. Now you can take 360 degrees panorama. Imagine Google Maps Street View.
Now you don’t have buttons and knobs on the camera screen. Just touch the phone and use gestures take photo, turn on/off flash etc.
After you have taken the photo you can apply cool filters like Grayscale, B/W, Sepia etc.
Did you like these new features? Did you discover some more new features which I have not listed? Keep on commenting.