I have a rather large collection of a few hundred RSS feeds that I follow daily, but I've come across situations where I'd like to get notifications of certain news items instead of having to sift through all the feeds. That's where Feed Notifier comes into play. It is a desktop notification program that is highly configurable to ensure that you only see popups for the things that interest you.
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Over at Lifehacker last week I saw an article about an online service called WizardRSS that could take a partial/truncated RSS feed and turn it into the full thing. When you read news on a mobile device like I typically do having a full RSS feed can make reading news that much more enjoyable.
Live Bookmarks are a feature that have been included in Firefox for ages, and have provided a simple way for you to subscribe to RSS feeds. They essentially act like dynamic bookmarks that are able to update as websites offer new content, and the Feed Sidebar extension makes it even navigate through the news they bring to you.
It's been a long time coming, but it looks as though we might have our first full-fledged desktop feed reader that supports synchronization with Google Reader. The RSS Bandit blog announced over the weekend that they have released version 1.7 Alpha that is capable of downloading podcasts as well as synchronizing feeds with Google Reader.
For a little while now Google has had a wizard that will let you place RSS feeds from around the web on your very own site. How it works is you first choose from one of three different styles: vertical, vertical stacked, or horizontal. Between the three different layouts you should find one that will work well on your site.
A few months back Newsgator decided to switch up their business model and start offering their desktop feed readers at absolutely no cost. Some people were a little taken back that they would do this, and immediately began asking the question "how?" Well, they essentially want to track how you interact with your feeds.
One thing that has always amazed me is the fact that none of the desktop feed readers currently available synchronize with Google Reader. Maybe I'm wrong and I just haven't searched hard enough, but we're getting a little closer with ReadAir. It's a free (and open source) download that leverages off of the relatively new Adobe Air to bring your Google Reader feeds to your desktop.
I don't know about you, but I've gotten some really tremendous deals on eBay before. The general consensus that I've found when talking with people, however, is that they normally make impulse purchases before they take the time to see if they are getting a real bargain. Today we're going to walk you through a 5 step process that can save you a lot of money in the end.
Over the last several months and up until a couple of weeks ago, I was using Google Reader as my primary feed reader (prior to that was Feed Demon and currently it's NetNewsWire). While I enjoyed the simpleness of using it to read my news, I never got into any of the socialness like sharing items with friends.
I finished a new feature for the site last weekend that I've been wanting to do for months. Several sites that I read will, on occasion, write about posts that they had put together a year or two ago (Lifehacker for example). That's a great idea because new readers will likely never see some of the older articles if it weren't for posts like that.
NewsGator has made a HUGE unexpected step today by releasing their RSS news readers for free. That includes NetNewsWire (Mac), FeedDemon (Windows), and NewsGator Go (Blackberry, Java Mobile, and Windows Mobile). That's right, they are all FREE now.
I'm sure many of you use Wikipedia on a regular basis for information, but did you know that Wikipedia also has RSS feeds available for keeping up with changes to your favorite articles? To get an RSS feed for a particular article just go to the Wikipedia page for it, and click on the History tab located along the top.
Many of you have probably heard of the Google Feedfetcher before if you're a FeedBurner publisher. It is what Google uses to go and crawl RSS feeds for people subscribed to them using Google IG, Google Reader, and any other place Google displays feeds.
There are all kinds of websites available for finding great deals, but a lot of times it takes some extra work to find the items that you're looking for. With the holiday season coming up I'm sure you'll be trying to hunt down all kinds of stuff for friends and family, but you don't have to go out of your way to save some money.
Back in March we introduced you to a service called Feedity which creates a feed for sites without syndication. As I had mentioned at the time, there's nothing more frustrating than coming across a site that I'd like to keep tabs on that doesn't have any syndication available. This is why Feedity and other services similar to it like Drapper are so helpful.
One thing that the Firefox developers have stayed clear of thus far is implementing a full RSS feed reader into the browser. Firefox does have a built in system called Live Bookmarks that are supposed to compensate for needing a feed reader in the browser, but as many of you know it falls short.
One of the most common things that I've been getting asked is how people can stay up-to-date on the latest software. I got really excited about the free UpdateStar application which I mentioned last week, but it still didn't have information on a lot of the software that I used.
I don't know about you but there is a whole world of news out there that I don't read, and it's partly because of the language barrier. Services like Google Translate and BabelFish have tried to break down that barrier one step at a time, and while they do offer sitewide translations there is still no good alternative to translate RSS feeds.