Sometimes, there’s nothing really wrong with an app, but a developer manages to find a way to make it even better. Such is the case with Reeder for iPhone, which received a significant update to version 3.0 on Thursday.
RSS is a great way of catching up with news in this fast-paced world. We've taken a look at apps that turn your RSS feeds into magazine layouts, but maybe you don't have an iPad or maybe you want a more stripped down list for your news. Whichever your flavor, there are more than enough to choose from. All three apps this week feature list organization and caching of articles for offline reading, but what sets them apart and turns a good RSS reader into a great one?
Newspapers and magazines aren’t dying. They’re just changing venues. It’s the paper versions that are losing blood, but as news shifts online and goes mobile, we still love those gorgeous magazine spreads. Cue several mobile app developers who give us exactly what we want, but who does it best?
Hardcore information junkies need more than tweets and Facebook posts to get a fix. They need a steady stream of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, too, ideally without a bunch of extra clutter. Fresh Feed Pro is a compact RSS reader that fits comfortably on your Desktop, although it doesn’t do much more than deliver the latest news.
If you have an iOS device and love RSS, you’re no doubt already familiar with Reeder, one of the most popular ways to enjoy Google Reader feeds on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. After months of being tested in public beta, the Mac OS X version of the app has finally arrived.
While Apple hasn’t blessed its own Mac OS X web browser with as many hidden talents as competitors such as Firefox, there is still plenty of functionality in Safari 5 that’s not quite obvious to the casual user. Find out for yourself by journeying within!
We used to love RSS. Quick news bites for our on-the-go lives. Then we added more feeds -- because, hey, that's a cool site, and that one and that one -- until our RSS readers became just more unwieldy lists we had to trudge through, like to-do's and email. The bare bones articles, presented in stripped down interface, gave us little to look forward to and virtually nothing to look at. We began to hate RSS.
On my Mac, I use Safari’s built-in RSS reader to keep on top of my news feeds; I like seeing the unread count in Safari’s toolbar. But I can’t figure out how to see the unread count on my iPhone and iPad, and keep my read stories in sync between devices.
There are many RSS readers on the App Store, and Silvio Rizzi’s Reeder is widely considered one of the best. So imagine the developer’s surprise when a recent update to competitor MobileRSS not only aped his slick interface design, but practically stole it outright.
Despite some interesting first impressions from publishers, Flipboard has proven itself as a very cool way to browse news and social networks on the iPad. The reader app lets you subscribe to various blogs, check up on your social networks, and just recently, given you the ability to read subscriptions from your Google Reader account. In this how to, we would like to show you how to maximize your social media use with Flipboard for iPad.