RockMelt social browser debuts an iPad app

The social media answer to a traditional browser launches an iPad app that lets users curate their newsfeeds and add "lol," "want," and "aww" to media and news stories.

RockMelt's iPad app. Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET

RockMelt has redesigned its social browser to optimize it for the iPad.

It's been awhile since RockMelt has made the news, but that doesn't mean its stopped working on new items and features. It also launched an iPhone app earlier this year, according to Engadget.

For those who don't know about RockMelt, it's a browser that launched in 2010 and remains in beta. It was created by Tim Howes and Eric Vishria and one of its backers is the king of venture capital Marc Andreessen who co-founded Netscape.

Instead of being all inclusive like other browsers, such as Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, Rockmelt emphasizes social features -- especially ones relating to Facebook. Users can update their Facebook status and Tweet, and chat with their friends all via the social browser.

The iPad app lets users tailor their newsfeed and add specific RSS feeds. Supposedly the browser will get to know users likes and dislikes over time and complement this selection process. People can also add comments such as "like," "want," "aww," and "lol" to news stories, photos, and other media.

According to Engadget, RockMelt is also working on more versions of its browser for other platforms.

About the author

Dara Kerr, a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area, is fascinated by robots, supercomputers and Internet memes. When not writing about technology and modernity, she likes to travel to far-off countries.

 

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