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When you make big changes to the back end of a site, sometimes things happen that you did not expect. In the midst of an ongoing modernization and general updating of MacNN, we recently experienced an unexpected change owing to the unexpected shutdown of our RSS feed host, which was hosting the RSS for our News, Reviews, Top Stories, By Category, and All feeds. We have moved to a new host, but readers who were subscribed to the old ones will need to re-subscribe.
Imagine that you've got a friend on the news desk at Reuters or the BBC, and they text you when there's something interesting happening. That's just about the principle behind Quartz News, except the news agency is Quartz, and their definition of something interesting is a bit open to debate.
Sometimes you long for an app to be updated because it's got something wrong with it. Just occasionally, though, you long for it to be updated because you really like it, you spend hours using it and you want to see what the developer does next. That's the case for us with Reeder 3.0, the latest iOS version of the newsreading app.
It's Facebook Notify 1.0.0 but it has nothing to do with the incessant notifications that Facebook regularly sends you. Instead, this is actually a news app which wants to keep you up to date with the news that most interests you. It's really competition for the likes of Apple News and Flipboard in how it wants to be where you go to look up what's happening.
There's an argument that this year is the 20th anniversary of RSS. Strictly speaking, the first technology called RSS was launched in March 1999, but it uses ideas from 1995, at least according to Wikipedia. Whether it's 16 or 20 years, though, it still hasn't caught on -- and yet I and the rest of the MacNN staff are fans who use it daily, very often hourly.
Depending where you are in the world, iOS 9 may have just brought you Apple News: an app that gathers articles from your preferred news sources, and pops them into one handy app. It's good, we like it, and we like it so much that MacNN has been part of it since day one -- but it isn't for people who read hundreds of articles or thousands of words a day: Reeder 3.0 is. Actually, Reeder 2.0 was too, and even back in the Stone Age of Reeder 1.0, it was the newsreading app to beat.
Seriously, app developers are clearly trying to get us to read more on our Apple Watches and -- you know what? It will work. Not with Wear Reader, the app that shows you books one word at a time, and actually not with this news app RSS Wear 1.0, but something will get us. It might even be some future version of RSS Wear, possibly.
The entire point of the Living With articles on MacNN 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
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 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.