Meet the 16-year-old whose Summly app notched up 17k downloads in 4 days

Back in July, we covered an iPhone app called Trimit that allows users to take large chunks of text that they write or import through a link, and shrink it down to fit a social network update. To cut a long story short, the startup secured $250,000 in funding from Hong Kong Billionaire Li Ka Shing, pivoted and relaunched this week as Summly.

That in itself isn’t mind-blowing. But when you learn that the founder is a 16-year-old schoolboy from London, and the app is actually really rather good, well, things start to take on a bit more of a ‘wow’ factor.

Summly promises a simpler way to browse and search the Web. It automatically summarizes search results, webpages and news articles with a view towards making content more palatable.

Cosmo: A free Metro-inspired theme for Bootstrap

bootswatch:

I’m pleased to announce Cosmo, a brand new Bootstrap theme inspired by Metro. Cosmo features bright colors and no-frill components reminiscent of Windows 8.

You can jump right in and use it exactly like you would use standard Bootstrap. To really get the Metro look though, try using Font Awesome, sizing up your glyphicons, and combining them with the new .btn-block class.

Very nice.