How do you kill a FeedDemon? Apparently, all it takes is a decision from Google.
In a blog post, Nick Bradbury, the founder of the popular RSS feed manager FeedDemon, cites Google's call to shutter Google Reader on July 1 as the final "nail in the coffin" for his desktop and laptop app. Bradbury mentions numerous serious concerns, such as spending time with his family and recently being forced to take a day job, but he also talks about the inner workings of FeedDemon.
The software, he explains, relies on Reader for synchronization, "and there's … Read more
Digg, the once-mighty crowdsourced news aggregator that stumbled only to find new life as a curated collection of links, said today it would try to fill the void that'll be left once Google Reader disappears July 1 and leaves the world without a dominant RSS reader.
"We've heard people say that RSS is a thing of the past, and perhaps in its current incarnation it is, but as daily (hourly) users of Google Reader, we're convinced that it's a product worth saving," Digg's Andrew McLaughlin said in a blog post. "So we'… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Google closes the book on Reader, announces July 1 sunset.
- Petitions beg Google to reconsider closure of Reader.
- Google Reader alternatives including Flipboard, Feedly, and more.
- Google to retire more services in new round of spring cleaning.
- Google yanks ad-blocker apps from Google Play.
- Samsung Galaxy S4 event: Join us at 3p.m. PT today (live blog).
- Berkeley creates the first graphene earphones, and (unsurprisingly) they're awesome.Episode 1,227
Like some of you, I was once a power user of Google Reader. I needed it to do my job. But as Twitter started to gain steam, I started checking it less and less. It was less a pleasure and more a chore.
And then suddenly, I just stopped. I created a Twitter account to track tech news, and I never looked back.
I'm fascinated by the outcry resulting from the news that Google is shutting down Reader. The backlash shouldn't surprise anybody: Reader's power users consist primarily of hard-core bloggers, who were obviously going to complain (… Read more
Google's decision to sunset its Google Reader has proved a wildly unpopular one, and users of the RSS reader have turned to popular medium for effecting change: the online petition.
Google announced this afternoon that it will shutter the service in July. In a company blog post today, Google said the decision was based on declining usage of the RSS reader, which was launched in 2005.
Many turned to Twitter to express their disappointment with the decision. While some said they relied heavily on the service, others admitted their use had become less frequent. Still, others said Google greed … Read more
Editors' note: This post has been updated with new and better alternatives to fit your news-reading style.
Hear that? That's the sound of millions of news junkies on the Web scrambling to find an alternative to Google Reader.
As you may have heard, Google Reader will be no more starting July 1. Unfortunately for many of us, the search giant has announced that it will shutter its much-maligned -- though still widely used -- RSS reader, which will no doubt leave many users in a tizzy, searching for other ways to subscribe to their favorite feeds. Sure, Google Reader … Read more
The day long feared by fans of Google Reader has come: the service will shut down, the company said.
"We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites," the company said. "While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months."
Google Reader … Read more
Anyone shopping for a no-frills, brass-tacks e-reader has undoubtedly eyed Amazon's basic Kindle, which for $69 is just a crazy-good deal.
Of course, to turn pages and navigate menus, you have to press buttons. Ew!
Today it's all about touch screens, baby. Hence, this is the better deal: Today only, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the refurbished Kindle Touch e-reader for $69 shipped. Yep: same price as a new non-touch Kindle. (Unlike with Amazon, however, shipping can take 2-3 weeks.)
The Kindle Touch was discontinued last year in favor of the Kindle Paperwhite, but it's … Read more
Safari Reader offers a great way to focus on content found on Web sites without being distracted by flashing ads, polls, and other distractions commonly found online. If you like the default reader but would still like to see some improvements and more customization options, then CustomReader for Mac might help you feel more at home.
This browser extension keeps it neat and simple in both installation and user interface. The first thing we noticed was that the CustomReader for Mac doesn't feature the black semitransparent background found in the Safari Reader, so you definitely won't be distracted … Read more