Chrome New Immersive UI

I was reading through a certain XDA thread when google chrome suddenly terminated, rebooting it I was hardly able to recognize the machine i was on. seems like Google just launched a new immersive version of chrome, thus turning any of the machines it run on into a seamless host to chrome. I have to say that this such a well played move by Google to break into the OS market, already I spend most of my time within chrome, the only reminder that I’m on windows usually is the system clock and (on some machine) the start menu orb. Google just replaced both with their own stuff. Also did you notice how dim the minimize/close buttons on the upper right are.

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Thats how chrome launches

 

The simple brilliance of this move is that it keeps all the google apps right in the focal center where the start menu used to be, the paradigm users were trained to use. When you want to access your programs you hit the start menu, now they own that start menu and can shape in which ever form they want. The best thing about this move is how they now insulate the customer from the underlying OS, Linux/Windows/MacOS they’d all look the same once you boot up chrome and soon enough the logical next step would be moving to a cheaper lighter easier to maintain chrome book. Even when you minimize the page you are viewing you are still left in that insulating layer of chrome.

Even when you minimize you are still in chrome

Even when you minimize you are still in chrome

Let us see how the world is going to react to this, I’m also confident Pando daily is going to publish something about the innate security/privacy issues this new update introduces so I’m not going to duel on that in this post. Tell me what you think about the new updated interface in the comments.

 

 

more from the Verge

http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/14/5309326/google-chrome-windows-update-chrome-os-interface

Agendat the Android Game

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I’m almost done building my first Android game Agendat (agendas), A game based on the events Egypt has been going through since the revolution. Agendat is divided into chapters representing the phases of the Egyptian revolution. With major revolution themes/memes scattered through game play. Agendat which means Agendas alludes to the term used by the late chief spy Omar Suliman when he referred to the protesters describing them as people with ulterior agendas.

A Fun, silly game about Egypt and the revolution.

Generally the game is a tongue in cheek representation of the revolution and shouldn’t be taken seriously, the main target here is for the game to be fun rather than an accurate depiction of the revolution, and as usually its intended to be absolutely free.

Chapter 1: Infilat Amny (Police Disappearance)

Chapter 2: Ta7arosh Gama3y (Sexual Harassment)

We currently have around 6 chapters ready, but only 2 of them are intended to be playable when we publish the game.

All the graphics in this game was provided by my partner S Graphic Design, who are about the fastest person you can get to design game components for you.

S Graphic Design

Paid Apps Appearing in GooglePlay in Egypt

With Google checkout not supporting Egypt, there weren’t any paid apps listed in the Egyptian version of Google store. For local developers the only way for them to get paid for their android app was to set up a bank account in one of the “Google Approved” countries and even then they wont be able to sell their apps in Egypt. This was the main reason why android development never picked up in Egypt unlike iPhone apps (since Apple App store has been handling local payments for quite sometime now). Today I noticed that paid apps started popping up in Google Play, which may indicate that Google now allows Egyptian users to purchase apps, of course this completely relies on Google wallet which is the only way to pay for apps on Google Play.

Paid Apps Visible on Egyptian Google Play

Paid Apps Visible on Egyptian Google Play

So far Egyptian users were forced to rely on creative methods such as using “market enabler” which requires rooting the device, however now even on none rooted devices I can see paid apps (exactly 5 of them). I tried to purchase one of the apps and was immediately asked for my Google wallet login only to later find out that my Egyptian credit card is still NOT approved by google, which basically means that even though we can view paid apps we still can’t purchase them.

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Egypt is not listed as one of the “approved” countries

This has one of two explenations, either a technical glitch resulted in us seeing these apps – or – we can purchase apps through redeeming google play gift cards which are purchased using credit cards issued from one of the approved countries. The caveat of it all is that Egyptian android users still need to root and then use market enabler on their phones to be able to download any decent apps.

 

**update**

When I logged into the development console I spotted this, obviously starting sunday egyptian users can purchase apps, however they don’t mention anything about allowing egyptian developers to sell them.

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You can only sell paid apps if you are living in one of the following countries

Google Reader

Many years ago, I discovered one of the least publicised Google products, Google Reader was nothing short of a God send. Through it I was able to follow all the blogs I thought were interesting. One site, one dashboard that aggregated everything with a minimalistic UI approach, It even predicted and highlighted blogs I may like, Half the blogs I’m following came that way. Over these years I think I used it more than any other site – even facebook or gmail- day after all day I started my day with logging into google ready to check what’s new, even better, due to how google reader was built it managed to provide me with blog content that were otherwise blocked by my company’s proxy (they blocked all blogs for some reason). Me and Google Reader were a match made in heaven, my experience with it was nothing short of that clip where some Disney princess sings and blue birds gather around and everybody is really happy, that is until Google decided to “fix” it.


My experience with Google Reader before Google’s Fix

The light switch had minimal changes over the years, same goes for news papers, some designs simply work so good there is no way to change that wouldn’t drastically reduce its quality of experience, and usually less is more. Google Reader was one of these products with its clean interface that allowed for the content (that they scrapped from other blogs) to take the front seat, However and after Google decided to integrate everything into their new flag ship Google+, which I believe is sinking, the result was a new UI for most of there Google products. Google Reader didn’t escape that, instead of the elegent UI, they chose an IN YOUR FACE, approach that used large icons, and almost no framing for the content you are reading, in a way the content was pushed backwards just a bit to accent Google+ controls, perhaps in an attempt to promote it. As a side note, for all the other products they change the UI for, there was a video from google telling you about the “Exciting new interface” that wasn’t the case with Google Reader though, as a matter of fact I believe they just ported the interface from gmail and they didnt even care enough to design something specifically for the reader, also I don’t believe the person who built it ever used google reader to begin with. Luckily they still haven’t fixed the mobile interface and so I’m currently using my iPhone to follow my news/blogs.

Why Google Why!

Thank you google for ruining my favourite online tool, as for now I have to start looking for some other tool to read my blogs/news through it. By the way thats an x-google manager who thinks the same thing

http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/02/ex-google-reader-product-manager-posts-scathing-review-of-reader-redesign/