Along with the launch of our new iPad App, we’re excited to finally unveil our new logo!
If you are using RockMelt, click on the apps below and install them from the App Center:
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Happy new year, RockMelters! We’re starting the New Year with some exciting Social Reading news.
Starting today, sharing and discovering new articles from your Social Reading-supported apps will be easier than ever. When Social Reading is turned on, the articles you read can be added to your Timeline and will allow you and your friends to more quickly find and connect around the hottest news.
Social Reading launched in November and we’re already seeing some incredible usage, with RockMelters sharing an article with friends every second! With this update, you’ll discover even more awesome content you may have missed on your own.
As always, you have full control over the sites you want to share Social Reading activity from and those you don’t. You can also remove or hide stories from your Timeline and control how news appears on your Timeline from your private Activity Log. Plus, Social Reading is only available for a handpicked set of sites. Check out our Social Reading help page for more info.
We can’t wait to see what you think. Happy 2012 and happy browsing!
Your RockMelt will automatically upgrade over the next 24 hours so stay tuned! From that point on, you’ll be able to add the Social Reading experience to your Timeline.
p.s. A bunch of you have already told us how much you love the Social Omnibox. If you haven’t quite familiarized yourself with it yet, just know that — in addition to the social features — you can type in keywords and search directly from the Social Omnibox. Easy, right?
Just in time for the holidays, RockMelt Beta 5 is here! We wanted to give you a present to finish 2011 with a bang, so we’ve been working non-stop to get RockMelt Beta 5 ready.
Since you spend seven hours a day using RockMelt, Beta 5 was built to let you do all the things you love even faster and easier: staying in touch with friends, getting new updates from your favorite sites, and discovering sweet new content.
Here’s what’s new:
The omnibox has been completely re-designed to help you find what you’re looking for even faster.
A big reason why chat is one of our most popular features — RockMelters now have seven chat conversations each day, up from three conversations six months ago — is because it’s so simple and accessible. With the new Facebook timelines rolling out, we wanted to make staying in touch with friends just as simple. So we built your friends into the omnibox. Now, when you enter a friend’s name into the Social Omnibox, you can navigate directly to their timeline or start a conversation.
But the Social Omnibox isn’t just for friends. If you type in the name of an app, you’ll also see options to open or add apps. For convenience, you can use your keyboard’s arrow keys to pick and choose which action you’d like to take.
To try it out, just type a friend’s name into the omnibox.
The brand new New Tab page (yes, double the NEW, just for you) lets you stay in touch with friends quickly. Pop open a new tab and you’ll see your friends’ pictures, have quick access to their profiles and even birthday reminders. Now, you won’t have any excuse not to wish them a Happy Birthday!
Plus, we’ve added a ticker of your friends’ recent Social Reading activity in the top-right corner so you’ll never miss great new content. With a new “read” being shared among friends every second, Social Reading is a big hit. But more importantly, it’s clear from your feedback that you love to discover the latest news (or cat videos) through your friends serendipitously. That’s why we built the Social Reading ticker right into New Tab page.
Open a new tab to take it for a spin!
The App Edge is one of our favorite features because it makes reading news fun and easy (especially with Social Reading). It’s clear that you love the App Edge too: on average, RockMelters have 12 apps and click on them 26 times a day!
That’s why we’ve made the App Edge better than ever. Now, the App Edge supports scrolling so you can add as many apps as you want and still navigate the Edge with ease. Don’t forget you can reorder the app icons by dragging and dropping them along the edge. Plus, it can now be expanded for easier app management.
Try it for yourself by clicking the button at the bottom of the App Edge.
Because you love the App Edge so much, we wanted to make it easier to discover cool new apps and add apps from your favorite sites. That’s why we built the new App Center.
The App Center is a one-stop shop for everything apps. To open the App Center, click the + button at the top of your App Edge. Then, simply click on the icons of the sites in the App Center to start getting instant news from them in your App Edge.
We have a lot more ideas for the App Center in the near future, so stay tuned.
Sharing text can now be done faster than ever. Select the text you want to share and right click to choose “Share text.” The text and link to the current page will automatically be included in a new Share window. Works like magic. No better! Works like computer science!
Your RockMelt will automatically upgrade over the next few days but you can upgrade immediately to RockMelt Beta 5 now by going to RockMelt menu > About RockMelt.
Happy browsing and happy holidays,
The RockMelt team
Today RockMelt is joining Facebook, Google, Twitter, Mozilla, and every other company against censorship on the Internet by voicing our opposition to PIPA and SOPA.
If you value freedom of expression on the Internet, please take a few seconds to tell Congress to vote no on PIPA and SOPA.
In case you haven’t heard, PIPA (PROTECT Intellectual Property Act) and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) are bills working their way through the US Senate and House of Representatives, respectively. They both propose giving the government the power to censor web sites in much the same way that China, North Korea, and Iran censor web sites today.
What? How can this be, you ask. This is America, land of free speech and due process, which are both kind of fundamental to the whole American dream thing. And yet, it’s true. If PIPA/SOPA pass in anything resembling their current form, it will have a chilling effect on Internet free speech. Here’s why:
The bills essentially do away with the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the current US law protecting copyrighted material on the Internet. Under the DMCA safe harbor, sites like YouTube and Facebook are not responsible for the content posted by their users as long as they take down copyrighted material when they are made aware of it. As it stands today, if someone posts on YouTube a bootleg copy of Rob Schneider’s 1999 opus “Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo,” YouTube cannot be put out of business as long as it has a reasonable process for taking down the infringing content. Passing PIPA and SOPA will change this.
The bills would allow the government to order ISPs to shut down web sites like YouTube and Facebook that it finds have violated copyright laws by distributing or allowing their users to distribute protected content illegally. For sites outside the US jurisdiction, the bills allow the government to force DNS providers to stop resolving offending domain names, force search providers to stop returning links to offending sites, and force advertisers to sever relationships with offending businesses.
Specifically, the bills fail to consider: the technical feasibility of compliance, the burden that compliance would place on companies, the potential damage done by errant takedown orders, and the impact that these acts might have on the underpinnings of the Internet itself. For example, if offending sites are removed from search engines, the DNS, and other directories, it would create “black holes” in the Internet.
No one is arguing in favor of copyright infringement. Such actions are clearly illegal and wrong. But the DMCA and other copyright laws provide ample protection and remedies designed to compensate copyright holders and bring copyright violators to justice. Chilling free speech on the Internet, imposing undue economic and technical burdens on non-infringing companies, inviting international tit-for-tat web site blocking, and involving the technologies and systems underlying everyone’s Internet experience in a legal tug-of-war to eradicate copyright infringement is a Bad Idea.
Please send a letter to Congress to ask them to vote no on PIPA and SOPA.
Welcome to RockMelt Beta 4.
RockMelt Beta 4 includes Social Reading which is our most exciting feature to date. By showing you what friends are reading and helping you discover cool content, Social Reading keeps you on top of the hottest news. Social Reading saves you time by making it easy to find relevant and interesting content.
We can’t wait for you to take RockMelt Beta 4 for a spin.
When you click on an app that supports Social Reading, the first thing you’ll notice is the new highlighted section at the top. There, you can see articles that are popular and trending with all RockMelt readers, as well as what’s hot with your own RockMelt friends.
Want to see what your friends have read recently? Just click on their picture for a list of recent reads.
If Social Reading is on, you can help your friends discover cool content just by clicking on articles inside the app and on the site itself (see below for a list of supported sites).
Not interested in sharing what you’re reading? Simply turn off Social Reading in one click. As always, RockMelt puts you in control. You decide if and when you want your reading activity shared with your friends.
Social Reading is available for some of the most popular sites on the web, including:
Want Social Reading for an app that currently doesn’t have it? Let us know by sending an email to questions-at-rockmelt.com.
Your RockMelt will automatically upgrade over the next few days. To upgrade to Beta 4 now, click on About RockMelt under the RockMelt menu.
One of our favorite apps, the Gmail Notifier App, has always let you quickly see the number of unread emails you have and share links over email. We’ve now updated it to be more flexible than ever by adding support for multiple accounts and individual email labels.
Here’s what’s new in the Gmail Notifier App:
To add the Gmail Notifier App to RockMelt, just click the button below. If you already have the app installed, yours will update automatically in the next few hours, but you can also click the button below to update it now.
You can also add the Gmail Notifier App to RockMelt by clicking here.
Candy. Costumes. Jack-o’-lanterns. This year, we’re adding one more item to the Halloween list: Halloween themes for RockMelt.
These themes will spook up your browser and get you in the Halloween spirit. Have a favorite below? Like holiday themes? Let us know!
To theme your browser, just click on the Install Theme button under the screenshots below. Change your mind? No problem. Go to RockMelt menu > Options / Preferences > Personal Stuff tab > Themes, and click “Reset to default theme” to remove themes.
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