Apps Software

Marco sells the-Magazine to Glenn Fleishman

Marco has been on a roll this year first with the sale of Instapaper to Betaworks(you must try their Dots game) and Now the sale of The Magazine to Glenn Fleishman. InBetween these two changeovers Tumblr(marco was a lead developer and an initial member there) got acquired by Yahoo.

Why does this matter, you ask?, If you use the Instapaper app and/or subscribe to the Magazine like I do, you might be wondering on the future of these apps. Knowing and following Marco over the years since i got the iPhone, i am sure this change will hardly be noticed for you and me. Not to undermine the talent of Glenn here, but Knowing Marco, I am sure he must have found the right person for Magazine and hence the transition.


Apps Feed Readers

Reeder gets Feedbin support.

Reeder is still my most used app on the iphone and I am delighted to see the new update from Silvio on friday. The iphone app got updated to version 3.1. The new update is really significant for users who were primarily using reeder to sync with google reader. We all know Google Reader is shutting down in July. Infact I made sure my reader is backed up with feedly just in case I am left with nothing to sync after july. I was always curious to see what silvio would do with reeder, given not many users would be keen on hosting their own feed sync server and it would be really dumb to just give up the app development because google stopped syncing.

This Reeder app update features an alternate sync support from Feedbin. Since feedbin is a $2 per month paid sync support, Reeder will also work as a standalone/local feed aggregator. So you can choose for paying to sync or you can continue to use Reeder as a stand alone app with no sync across device after Reader gets shutdown in July.

Though this update is not the perfect solution for the lack of free syncing of feeds, I must say this is definitely a step forward at least something is better than nothing. I purchased Fever and have fever server ready that I can use when google reader is no more,but not everybody is inclined to pay for Syncing. With 3 more months in hand, I still expect Silvio to look for a free sync service that can sync with Reeder or atleast come up with using icloud and make sure Reeder syncs across iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Apps News

Marco sells majority stake in Instapaper

Instapaper probably was my first paid app when I got the iphone 4 3 years back. It has seen a tremendous growth over the past couple of years.It was a great product for a one person developer. Though Marco‘s decision comes up to me as a surprise the decision is good for the end users and for the product which is very appreciable.

If you are an Instapaper fan you would like to hear more of the reasoning in Marco’s own voice here