Friday, February 27, 2009

Open Source!

Get your NubiNews source from

MSNBC sucks

Their pages are full of junk and so hard to parse. Worse of all, all pages are of the form /id/1234567, with no way of categorizing the page through its URL.

I checked in a semi-working version into r9 of SVN.

1.0.8 released -- Added Taiwanese news

Taiwan Apple Daily

What do you expect from Apple -- Boobs!

And, DING to A Bian!

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Grand Vision

OK, here's what I want NubiNews to become. Note that I am doing this as a hobby, so no committed dates.

  • Pages should load quickly.
  • No junks in the pages. People want to read information. No one is interested in the nice colors/BG image/music/design etc crap of your page.
  • Ads are not evil. If Content Provides include mobile-friendly ads (e.g., one 320x48 banner, or text ad taking rougly the same space), I will leave them in. However, desktop-styles ads will be mercilessly cut.
  • I hope to make this a community supported project (similar to greasemonkey). The first step would be releasing a script SDK for people to parse their favorite web sites, and contribute back to be included in NubiNews builds.
  • In the long run, NubiNews will be able to subscribe to scripts hosted on the internet, so there will be no need to constantly pull new releases from Android Market. This will also save me time from making new releases.
  • In the spirit of openness (and the fact that I don't want to run a server, although such an enterprise may gather me some ad dollars), NubiNews will support multiple sources of scripts.
  • However, before 3rd party downloadable scripts are supported, we need to have a proper security system to prevent phishing, identity threfts, etc.
If you're interested in participating, please send me mail

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Some more screen shots

Yahoo Japan Auto Review

Yahoo Japan Auto Photoflash

Yahoo Japan Auto Article Index

One-click access to YouTube videos.

NubiNews 1.0.0 is released on Android Market!


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

First Public Screen Shots

NubiNews is a news reader for the Android platform. It optimizes news articles from popular sources (such as YahooNews, Gizmodo) of various languages (English, Chinese and Japanese) for easy and quick viewing on your Android phone.

Articles can typically load 2x to 5x faster than the original web page. Also, the articles are formatted to remove horizontal scrolling so that they can be navigated easily.

NubiNews will be available from Android Market and SourceForge shortly. It will be released as open source under Apache 2 license.

Home Screen

Yahoo RSS Feed Index

Yahoo Top New Article Index

Yahoo News article. Note the in-line image (and lack of ads)

Gizmodo news article

Image zooming (a la iPhone) stage 1

Image zooming (2)

Image zooming (portrait - maximized)

Image zooming (auto-rotate to landscape mode for better viewing)

Chinese news article (

Chinese forum (article index)

Chinese forum (article view)

Japanese news (