RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a great way for people to stay up to date on the latest updates from their favorite websites. Google Reader has become one of the most popular RSS services available since it is free and easy to set up. Whilst Twitter might have replaced RSS for some users, I find value in knowing that there are certain websites that enable me to not miss any important updates. A quick search of the App Store leads to many app results for RSS apps that utilize Google Reader, including options such as Reeder, Mr. Reader, and Pulse but buried beneath the search results is a nice addition called Ziner.
Ziner’s tagline is “Where the simplicity of RSS returns.” Just one look at the screenshots and it can be hard to argue with that claim. Content is presented in a clean magazine format that can help remove the stress of the unread count. This raises a question which is: do consumers want simplicity with their RSS or would they prefer powerful callback features much like in Mr. Reader? One look at the new Mr. Reader update and the excellent review put together by Viticci makes a valid claim for more powerful RSS. Can simple still win in the RSS competition? Let’s dive in and take a look at Ziner to find out.
I love RSS Feeds. They’re a little more focused than Twitter, and I love the way they encourage long-form article reading. At iPad.AppStorm, we frequently cite Reeder as one of those must-have iPad apps for people who have just purchased their wonderful new tablet, but we’ve never once posted our thoughts on what makes the app so great. Today, we rectify that.
Reeder, by Silvio Rizzi, is one of those rare apps that seemed to birth an entire genre. I use it on my iPhone, iPad and Macs, and despite the constantly growing and changing competition, I have yet to encounter a single RSS Reader that I like more. (more…)
Things change. People change. Times change.
We used to wind clocks and listen to the wireless, now we share what we had for lunch with hundreds of strangers and listen to music on our phones. My question to you this week is: how do you follow your favourite sites?
Once upon a time people actually had to visit sites they liked, but over the last decade a myriad of other means have grown up. Are you still a huge fan of RSS (I am), or do you simply follow every site you like on Twitter and look out for things that interest you?
Are you someone who loves the styling of G+ and would prefer to simply have your favourite content pop up in your stream?
Let me know in the comments if there’s a big way I’ve missed here, I’d be fascinated to hear!
The most popular RSS feed aggregator has become Google Reader. With the release of the App Store, Google Reader clients have started to become a common sight. There are a few popular ones that stick out including Reeder, NetNewsWire, and Mr. Reader.
While all of these are very good clients, they have a lot similarities. Most clients, such as Mr. Reader and NetNewsWire, take the approach of putting your feeds in a vertical scrolling list. Most also feature a feed column that allows the user to group items by feeds. But where is the innovation?
Reader X is the first (in a while) RSS client that takes a new approach to consuming RSS feeds. Instead of seeing feeds vertically they are placed in a horizontal list. Items are color coded based upon age and scrolling is fluid. Read on if a new take on RSS consumption seems interesting to you.
Since the release of the iPad the biggest complaint has been that it is just a device to consume content. The complaint that real work cannot be done on the iPad is still present today, but it’s disappearing fast due to software updates and developers getting more creative with their apps. While the mindset that an iPad can be used to create content is changing, there is no argument that the device is great to consume content.
Content can be consumed in different ways. Some people rely on Twitter to keep them updated while others may be put all of their websites they follow into an app such as Flipboard. Although, RSS is still a great way to keep up to date with news and your favorite websites. Google Reader is a free service which syncs your RSS subscriptions and there are several apps that sync with Google Reader.
Mr. Reader is one of the apps that syncs with Google Reader and has become my RSS app of choice on my iPad. The app is a full featured RSS app with abilities to add subscriptions, manage subscriptions, and share content across several services. The app also brings in unique features such as creating themes and different ways to mark items as read to make it stand out from the crowd.
I’ve mentioned before how there is an abundance of reader apps available on the App Store and here at iPad.AppStorm we just can’t get enough of them. So, this month I decided to take a look at the latest version of FLUD.
With the popularity of apps increasing on Facebook we now are able to easily share with others what we’re listening to, reading, and watching in realtime. FLUD is a reader that looks to add a social experience to your everyday reading by giving each user the ability to create their own “news personality” based on what they read and share with others.
Let’s face it. The app store is overflowing with RSS readers.
On the iPad it began with the highly publicized Flipboard and developers took off from there. While I’m quite an avid blog reader, all the reader apps can begin to blend together after awhile – to a point where I find myself not paying much attention anymore. However, there are a few, like Reeder, that find ways to stand out.
Typically what causes them to stand out is a wealth of features, a beautiful design that has visual appeal, and a twist on the basic concept of reader apps. I quickly found that The Early Edition 2 fits that mold and has quite a bit to offer.
Apps from a lot of genres have witnessed a new lease of life with the launch of iPod Touch and the iPhone. Founder of the famous online music streaming service Pandora even admitted that the company is still alive, thanks to iOS devices.
In the same vein, the iPad is vitalising content companies. Particularly magazines, e-books, and blogs. News and feed readers of various sizes and form have popped up in the past few months and we have reviewed quite a lot of them. Feedly promises to be a news and feed reader with a twist. Let’s see how refreshing the experience actually is.
On first glance this title might seem to have little to do with the iPad, but that’s simply not the case. Since owning an iPad I have become more and more enamored by RSS; it’s almost invariably the first thing I do once sat down with my breakfast, open up Reeder and peruse the latest articles and posts from my favourite sources.
There seems to be a current trend of people moving away from using RSS towards different solutions, one of the most popular being Twitter. I guess it’s a matter of personal taste but, with the iPad by my side, I’m prepared to staunchly defend and promote RSS as the best way to keep yourself in the loop.
As we all know, the iPad is useful for a wide range of things. Since I’ve had mine, it has replaced my MacBook for a number of purposes! The huge variety of applications available for it and the fact it is so portable has made it popular with many different people, from teachers to businessmen and even musicians (the British virtual group Gorillaz created their album The Fall almost exclusively on the iPad).
News applications are a popular choice for iPad owners as they offer a simple way of keeping up to date with the world without having to trawl through loads of different news websites. But with the sheer range of news applications floating around on the App Store, how do you know which ones to download? Well, I’ve rounded up 10 of the best ones, which will help you keep track of all the going-ons in the world.
Let’s have a look at them in more detail.