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When Google announced back in March that it'd be shutting down its popular Reader aggregation service, I freaked out. I had been a Reader user for a number of years, clinging to it thanks to its simplicity and reliability; I knew that finding a suitable alternative wasn't going to be easy. After a mad scramble, testing out a variety of other options, I settled on Feedly. The folks at Feedly welcomed Reader exiles with open arms, and it seemed like the service was only going to get better. While the design of the service was quite good, there were a couple of things that drove me bonkers. The inability... Read more...
For users of the now defunct Google Reader service, Flipboard was supposed to serve as a saving grace of sorts by offering back in March to swoop in and automatically migrate their feeds. All a user had to do was create a Flipboard account and then sign into their Google Reader account via Flipboard prior to its closing. Follow those simple steps and you'd be golden, or so users were told. A bit of panic set in when Flipboard users began to complain that their Google feeds and folders weren't showing up as promised. "Ok @Flipboard, where are my Google Reader feeds? I am not happy," a user posted... Read more...
All good things eventually come to an end, and for the thousands of people who used Google Reader, the search giant's RSS reader was indeed a good thing. You'll notice we're referring to Google Reader in the past tense. We're jumping the gun by a few hours, but by the end of the day, Google will pull the plug on its RSS reader, rendering the service officially dead. Google warned of this day around three and a half months ago, giving Google Reader users plenty of time to find an alternative RSS service. Some users flocked to Feedly following Google's announcement, while over 150,000 online protesters... Read more...
Go ahead and add another RSS reader to the growing list of Google Reader replacement candidates. As Google prepares to pull the plug on its popular RSS reader, alternatives (both new and old) have come out of the woodwork, one of the newest being AOL Reader, a rather basic option that's now available to the general public in beta form. There's nothing complicated about AOL Reader. It's lightweight and fast, easy to navigate, and makes adding RSS subscriptions a breeze. You can also tweak the layout to your liking with a variety of viewing options. For example, you can organize headlines in a list... Read more...
Facebook is officially in the big leagues in terms of events. In fact, we're pretty sure the social networking company has held more events in 2013 than even Amazon. Who would've thought that just a year or so ago? As Facebook morphs into more than just a community of friends, the company is taking ever larger risks. Just look at Facebook Home, for example, as well as the Social Graph from a few months ago. Now, Facebook is readying another new product, and it may be the biggest one yet: a news reader. With Google Reader shutting down, there's a huge open hole for a big name to fill. Yes, Feedly... Read more...
Google dropped a bombshell on Google Reader users last week by announcing plans to shutter the RSS service on July 1, 2013, giving them just over three months to find an alternative. Many have already flocked to Feedly -- half a million in just a few days, in fact -- and Digg will make a pitch for its own upcoming RSS reader, but what if Google Reader didn't have to shut down? It's a long shot, but a petition posted to Change.org to keep Google Reader afloat has garnered more than 127,000 virtual John Hancocks and counting (the tally currently sits at 127,067 at the time of this writing). Their... Read more...
Now that Google Reader is shutting down (as of July 1st), the users who depended on the service need somewhere to go. Digg is reportedly scrambling to launch its own RSS news reader service to scoop up adrift users, but another site is already cashing in big time. Feedly says that as of Friday, more than half a million Google Reader users have already switched to its service; we’d guess that number has climbed substantially in the two days hence. According to its blog, Feedly has been anticipating the demise of Google Reader for some time and has built a clone of the Google Reader API running... Read more...
As a long-time Google Reader user (six years), it saddened me earlier this week when Google announced that it was going to shutter the service on July 1. For me, I didn't only use Reader because I was too lazy to look at alternatives - I used it because of its simplicity, speed and ability to give me an actual list of posts - not tiles, not smart pages, not "social magazines". That, along with its ability to sync through my Google account made the service perfect for me. It wasn't until Google's decision to close Reader that I realized that there were so many others like me who simply loved what... Read more...
We already covered the sad, sad notion that Google is shutting down its famed Reader RSS platform, and that has left many RSS loyalists looking for an immediate alternative. And now, Digg is taking advantage of the situation. Digg was once a huge force in the social sharing game, but as Facebook, Twitter and newer forms of networking took off, Digg usage began to sink. After a fresh redesign, the team is now placing a "top priority" tag on the building of an all new RSS reader. And the goal, of course, is to capture as many ex-Reader users as possible. In order to do so, the company is accelerating... Read more...
TiVo users now have more content options than ever before. Starting today, TiVo is making hundreds of free Web videos available to TiVo Series3, TiVo HD, and TiVo HD XL subscribers. In addition to the new channels from outlets such as CBS, FOX, Oprah, and G4, any video podcast provider can now publish video content to TiVo DVRs using RSS and H.264 video. The new podcast channels are part of TiVo’s suite of free Web videos. Users have the option of watching videos instantly or setting a Season Pass recording so new videos will be automatically downloaded to their Now Playing List as they are published.... Read more...
People kind of went batguano crazy when Hulu insisted its content be taken off Boxee because its content providers freaked out and insisted on it.Since then, Boxee has been in talks with Hulu and its content providers to come up with a workable solution that would allow Boxee users to watch Hulu on their televisions (Boxee, for those who don't know, is an application that allows you to stream your web video on your television.)Hulu, owned by NBC Universal and News Corp., streams TV shows and other video content from NBC, Fox, their affiliated networks and stations and some other studios in a high-quality... Read more...