Rockmelt Brings Its Mobile App to Android
Rockmelt today announced that its Rockmelt for Web application is now available to Android devices. The app first reached the iPhone in April. Rockmelt for Web connects people to their social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, RSS, etc.) and offers a tile-based view of a wide range of content pulled in from those sources around the web. Though Rockmelt used to offer a full mobile browser, Rockmelt for Web is a socially-connected reader that collects news, stories, and updates and presents them in a visually appealing way. According to Rockmelt, the app is highly customizable, is free of advertisements, is searchable, and makes sharing content with social networks a breeze. The navigation controls come and go as needed, and "elevator buttons" let users easily return to the spot where they were last reading. Rockmelt for Web is also available as a web app on desktop machines. It is free to download from the Google Play Store.
Facebook Debuts App Dedicated to Notifications
Facebook today announced Notify, an app meant to help deliver timely notifications about news, happenings, and goings-on directly to mobile devices. The app lets people follow what it calls "stations" across a broad range of categories, including sports, weather, trailers, news, and so on.
Sony Debuts News Suite App for Android Phones
Sony today announced News Suite, a free news app for Android handsets. The app is a dramatically overhauled version of Sony's older SocialLife app.
Chrome Gains 'Scroll Anchoring' To Keep Web Sites In Place
Google hopes the latest addition to its Chrome browser will make reading web sites less frustrating. The tool, called scroll anchoring, will prevent web sites from bouncing users up and down the screen.
Opera Brings Mini Browser to Windows Phone
Opera today released a beta version of its Opera Mini browser for the Windows platform. Opera Mini for Windows offers many of the app's core features, such as Speed Dial for favorites and easy-to-navigate tabs.
Google Overhauls Its News Reader App, Brings It to the Web
Google today announced a wholly refreshed version of Google Play Newsstand that reimagines the newsreader and expands its availability beyond smartphones and tablets. To start, Google is relying on machine learning to make more personalized recommendations for readers.