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Google Reader ‘HTML5 video & audio elements, version notification’ and more features

Google made some changes to Google Reader over the past month:

  • added support for HTML5 <video> and <audio> tags, for you to share videos to mobile device.
  • Added “Not interested” link at the bottom of recommended items, so that you can both hide that item and provide your like & dislike.
  • To keep you updated, a small banner appears whenever a new version is released. Incidentally, it’s the 500th version of Reader over the 5 years.
  • Improvements to Reader Play: When you hit space (or shift-space), you’re now automatically moved between posts, and for posts with multiple images, cycled through each image. Also added made Play more configurable by letting you change URL used: If you add welcome=0 query parameter skips welcome screen for new & signed-out users; An autoplay=1 query parameter start moving through posts automatically; A #feed/<URL> fragment display specific feed. You can combine all these to make automatically playing slideshows of favorite photoblogs.
  • Finally, Home view loading is now faster, and Send to functionality being less susceptible to being stymied by popup blockers when used with services such as Twitter.


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