With the closure of Google Reader last year and the increasing popularity of news aggregation apps such as Flipboard and Zite, the fate of the lowly RSS feed has become a big question mark -- but a new iPhone app hopes to breath some new life into the medium.
Feedly's gained more than eight million new users since it launched its cloud-based RSS feed to replace the now-defunct Google Reader, which again calls into question why Google thought the service was so outdated in the first place. All that aside, today Feedly announced that if you want to slap down $5 a month, you'll get an even better Feedly experience in your Mac's browser with Feedly Pro.
A few new developments in the world of Apple and associated products. Which carrier's making big big promises on your unlimited data, how many people are really into this smartwatch business, and what little goodies are apparently socked away in these new iOS 7 betas? That and more on the flip in this week's hot news.
When it comes to Google Reader replacements, can there be only one? The folks behind Feedly seem to believe there’s room for everyone, and have engineered a cloud sync solution that extends its reach across rival apps and onto competing platforms. Feedly’s own free, universal app is a spectacularly polished effort capable of turning websites into beautiful, swipe-ready cards. If that’s not your cup of tea, content can also be viewed in title-only, list, or even Flipboard-style magazine views, making it one of the most customizable news readers we’ve ever used.
Google Reader has been gone nearly a week, and many Mac users have discovered there are fewer choices for reading RSS feeds on OS X than there are on iOS. But with a little trick, anyone can make their own app for Feedly.
Gaming and television seem to be where the smart money hangs out these days, plus it just happens to be the focus of more than a couple of the hottest stories this week. As Apple TV owners, we just wish Cupertino could move a little faster on some much needed app integration. Meanwhile, what else is going on?
To die-hard news junkies, word that Google Reader would be put down like a sick animal came as quite a shock. Developers instead saw this as an opportunity to fill that gaping hole with something fresh – a challenge the new owners of Digg quickly attacked with their own shovels. The result is Digg Reader. It's not a separate product, but rather a feature bolted onto the existing web service and now added to the free, universal iOS app. For existing Digg users, the app offers the best of both worlds: All the Top Stories they know and love, plus favorite RSS feeds rescued from Google Reader. Sadly, it's rather short on features and functionality for RSS power users.
The corpse may be barely cold, but Google poured a little salt in Reader's fatal, self-inflicted wound even as the service's founder reminisced on what he might have done differently if it was launched today.
July 1 is finally here, but Google Reader still lives and breathes -- at least for the moment. The search giant notes that the service will be unavailable after July 1st, so it looks like those attached to their favorite RSS applications will have another 24 hours to say goodbye before Google pulls the plug. Or, you know, just stay away, because saying goodbye all over again is just too hard to do…