Compulsive newsreading app became an obsession
The entire point of the Living With articles on MacNN.com is to examine what software and hardware are like after that initial first glow. To show how products have borne up under pressure or have crumbled under the stress. Invariably and unsurprisingly, this long-term testing brings out problems that are just not apparent until you are months into it. Except now. There is one single issue with my use of Reeder that I might change if I could go back in time and only one single feature of RSS newsreading in general that claws at me.
Quick RSS news app a pleasure to read, now freemium
Go on, tell the truth. Were you tempted to stop reading after the word RSS or did you last all the way to 'news'? It's not that RSS divides people, it's more that people either love it or they have simply never heard of the thing. Similarly, there are those of us who are news junkies and want to know what's happening in the world, and there are others who just watch Fox News instead. Unread for iOS is not going to be the app that makes you an evangelist for RSS, but if you're already a newsreader fan, you may love the app. Plus, its new freemium model could help when you go around telling everybody how great it is.
Facebook news reader app for mobile allegedly close to completion
Facebook could be launching its Flipboard-style news aggregating app this month, according to a report. The app, known as "Paper" and rumored a number of times in recent months, will be a mobile-based news reader in a magazine format that is set to be separate from the usual Facebook News Feed, though it apparently shares a number of traits with that part of the social network.
Microsoft updates Skype for Android with new tablet mode, better video
Microsoft has updated the Android version of Skype, days after updating the iOS variant. Version 4.4 adds a new interface for tablet users, as well as improved video call quality of up to four times the resolution of earlier versions, along with smaller updates in the form of UI changes, audio routing modifications, and a fix for an issue that caused some phones to reboot on an incoming call.
Third-party apps able to use Feedly cloud service for RSS feeds
Feedly, the RSS app that climbed to fame after Google Reader shut its doors, is opening its API to other developers. The move, which brings Feedly closer to Google Reader in terms of being a platform rather than an RSS reading app, will allow for third-party developers to access its API and use Feedly's servers as a backbone for their own apps.
Monthly charge for RSS reader includes lifetime subscription option
RSS reader Feedly is introducing a paid version of its service to its users. The Google Reader replacement has added in a number of enhancements to its premium service, with priority technical support in the Pro edition being accompanied by integration with Evernote, and the ability to search within RSS feeds for specific articles.
Users able to pull data via Google Takeout for next two weeks
Google has closed its RSS reading service, Google Reader, after eight years of operation. The shutdown, announced four months ago as part of a wider "spring cleaning effort," now forces users of the web app to sign up with another service, with some alternative RSS collection sites reporting large changes in traffic.
Possible RSS reader code found within Facebook Graph API
The battle to take the place of the soon-to-close Google Reader has gained another combatant, in the form of Facebook. Mentions of RSS feeds buried within Facebook's API coding suggest that it is creating its own RSS feed reader, something that it could possibly launch before Google shuts down its own service on July 1st.
RSS reader said to be 'very clean, very simple, and very fast'
Digg will not be releasing a separate app for its Google Reader replacement, instead rolling it into the existing Digg app for iOS. Development of the Digg Reader, which would offer much of Google Reader's functionality along with an API, has also shifted onto production servers, and is said to be close to its goal of launching by the end of June.
Google Reader exodus causes service to use 10 times the bandwidth
Web-based RSS reader service Feedly has seen a large wave of users jump onboard, just days after Google's announcement. Half a million users have signed up for the service within 48 hours of the search giant saying it would close down Google Reader on July 1st, something which is making the RSS startup use ten times the bandwidth of what it used before the announcement.
Mac version can sync to iPad app, share stories
Acrylic Software has released Pulp for Mac 2.0 -- though calling it an update, it is being treated as a new app on the Mac, ported from the iPad app Times (which itself was a version of the original Mac RSS newsreader Times), and which now changes its name to Pulp for iPad. Both apps are RSS readers with a stylish presentation -- they display feeds in a newspaper-esque layout, with multiple stories or feeds on a page for quickly digesting headlines, photos and story previews.
App supports six languages, adds category search
Alphonso Labs has launched an internationalized update of its news reader for iPhone, Pulse News Mini. The RSS reader iPhone app allows up to 20 RSS news sources and has easy find features via its Smart Search for adding new feeds. It uses a dashboard layout to allow users to check feeds while skimming a story. The v1.1 release adds language support for French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Chinese, in addition to the original English. The app now supports landscape view alongside customizable font sizes and the ability to swipe between articles.
NetNewsWire for iPad features complete redesign
In the wake of the iPad launch Saturday new apps are arriving quickly -- today the iPad gets an RSS feed reader, NetNewsWire for iPad, a document reader, GoodReader and a research-paper reader, Papers for iPad. NewsGator launched its NetNewsWire App for iPad with a re-engineered design, taking advantage of the iPad's larger screen and faster processor. The utility enables users to capture blog posts, podcasts and other web content.A new split-screen view shows subscriptions on one side, and articles and web pages on the opposite side. It is now available on the App Store for $10.
RSS reader updated with new article view
NewsGator has released NetNewsWire 2.0, the latest version of its mobile RSS reader for the iPhone or iPod touch. The update adds several new features including Google Reader sync, with support for transferring starred items. The app also integrates Twitter and Instapaper services for sharing content or saving items for later reading.
Vienna, Permanent Eraser
Today 1.5 ($15) provides users an option for managing and organizing their iCal task and events into one window. Users can assign a keyboard shortcut that will toggle Today's visibility allowing them to quickly bring up the window when they need it. With Today 1.5, users can now add custom alarms to notify them of upcoming events and tasks. The update has also added support for the Growl notification framework. [Download - 3MB]
Byline 2.0 for iPhone/iPod
Phantom Fish has released Byline 2.0 for the iPhone and iPod touch, adding a new interface, notes creation and more. The RSS newsreader, which supports offline browsing, works with Google Reader to gather and sync news content. The new interface allows users to star, share and create notes from news stories. A new web browser allows users to navigate the web within the app, and supports embedded images which can be viewed online and offline.
Many popular websites update news stories and articles regularly. To catch these latest stories, you can visit these sites periodically or you can use RSS feeds to receive summaries of the current articles. Both Safari and Mail let you read and bookmark RSS feeds, but if you find these programs too cumbersome, you might prefer a dedicated RSS feed reader such as Headline 1.0 from Doseido Software.
Byline RSS app for iPhone
Phantom Fish on Monday debuted its Byline, an RSS reader and offline brower allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to easily save web pages and read them later. "For the first time," the company says, readers can save virtually any web page -- not just items from news feeds -- for later use. Byline supports feeds from Google Reader displaying summaries of unread items for users to browse.
Feeder 1.5 RSS editor
Reinvented Software recently unveiled Feeder 1.5, an update to its RSS editor application, introducing a number of upgraded features. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users will experience a brand new user interface, while both Tiger and Leopard operating systems will take advantage of password-less SFTP. Feeder now supports thumbnails for video podcasts with the Media RSS extension, and improves tagging for MP4 video. Item editing and Sparkle appcasts have also been improved. A 15-day trial of Feeder is available, as well as a free upgrade for existing users, while the full version sells for $30.
NewsGator simultaneously announced general availability of NetNewsWire 3.1, FeedDemon 2.6 and that all of its client RSS reader products are now available free of charge and include free synchronization along with other services. NewsGator also announced that users can synchronize to provide the same view of their RSS content no matter when or where they read it. J.B. Holston, NewsGator CEO and president, said, "We are uniquely positioned to drastically expand the community of people working with RSS content. The larger that community is, the more valuable the experience for every user and for all of our services customers. That insight has led us to undertake the significant investment to make all of our client products free."