Newsp.in has gone the encrypted way

SSL

 

If you visit http://newsp.in you might notice a strange green lock in the address bar. Well beginning now, all requests to http://newsp.in are automatically forwarded to https://newsp.in

 

We are using a SHA-2 ssl certificate with 128 bit encryption. Nothing should change from your end while you enjoy the benefits of encrypted connection.

 

Newsp.in

I was using using my domain Newsp.in as a glorified version of the google play store to advertise my android apps. The site didn’t serve much purpose to anyone other than a couple of lost people (analytics, you can be so cruel sometimes).

In a quest of making better use for it, I stopped my mobile development and concentrating on web dev again. So Newsp.in now lets you follow the Indian stock market (National Stock Exchange). I’m trying to build trends with historical charts so people can check what’s going on with their favorite stocks.

There was also an itch that needed to be scratched. Back in 2008/2009 when I was trying out google appengine for the first time, I wanted to try out websockets for this finance application. Unfortunately it wasn’t supported at the time and I shelved the idea. It’s been 5 years but I’ve finally built a site with websocket support, yay!

Game dev is where its at.

I developed Newspin after a few months work (mainly deciding on technologies etc.) and its received middling acceptance, even after promoting it to friends and acquaintances.

After publishing it, I decided to try out game development and published World quiz. I promoted it to no one (no one really reads this blog). Surprisingly in the couple of weeks since it was published, it has already overtaken Newspin in downloads.

Looks like I was wasting my time with app development, game development is where its at boys and girls.

Now we have comments

The last few weeks, I’ve either been sleeping or working on my android app News Cube. To the five people who are using my app, I’m pleased to announce that you can now add comments.

Soon you’ll be able to vote up comments. I’ve also made some improvements in the server side code as well as switched my server provider in the hopes of having a more stable experience.

So if you haven’t tried out  News Cube, whats stopping you, it is free.

News Cube

I’ve been working on building a social news reader for a pretty long time. Its time to finally release the beta version of the app. You can download News cube from the google play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ak.newstag. Currently its based on Indian news feeds only. If there are any requests for other countries’ news feed, it can be easily added.

It is in beta, so there will be quite a few changes. If you would like to help me test it out, do go ahead and download the app. I would love any sort of feedback.

For people curious on the technology stack, it uses nodejs and redis on the server side. I’ve also finally deployed my node cron job npm module as well.

The next few weeks would be spent discovering if my server is capable of handling the bandwidth (assuming anyone actually uses this app), so please let me know if you can’t retrieve any news feeds.

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Grocery shopping list

My experiments with Android continue. This is my take on creating a shopping and to-do task list. I’m sure there are hundreds of free apps but in case you have an android phone/tablet and wish to spend $0.99 on an absolutely non-essential app, please try out Grocery tasks.

Ofcourse if you meet me in real life and ask nicely, I’ll be more than happy to give it to you for free.