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Obreht's swirling first novel, "The Tiger's Wife," draws us beneath the clotted tragedies in the Balkans to deliver the kind of truth that histories can't touch. Born in Belgrade in 1985 - no, that's not a typo - she captures the thirst for consecration that a century of war
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Amid official criticism of news organizations for their reporting of Nelson Mandelaâ€™s illness, a daughter called his condition â€œvery criticalâ€
â€œanything is imminent.â€ With Google Reader closing on July 1, Dave Null is looking for a "seamless replacement"â€¦.Is
there a seamless replacement for Google Reader? Thanks as always!Dave NullGoogle plans to close Google Reader on July 1, but it is too
soon to say which
news reader will replace
itâ€¦ if any.
the contenders are either too new to judge, still in beta testing, or have yet to launch.
Google's odd withdrawal
from this market has created a surge
of interest and prompted several rivals to jump into the gap.The newcomers include AOL, Digg, Facebook and (via the purchase of Pulse) LinkedIn. If you already use one of these services, you might well be happy using its news reader, otherwise known as an RSS (really simple syndication) reader.
Under the circumstances, it does seem surprising that Google is shutting down Google Reader rather than integrating it into its Google Plus (G+)
social network.Possible replacementsA seamless replacement for
Google Reader would have at least five characteristicsâ€¦.â€¢
It would provide the same selection of RSS feeds, ideally by importing an OPML
file exported from Google Reader (via Google Takeout).â€¢
It should have roughly the same appearance
and, more importantly, use the
keyboard shortcuts.â€¢ It should be usable across multiple platforms, including the web, smartphones and tablets.
(Obviously, stories marked as read on one device should not appear as unread stories on
another device.)â€¢ It should provide a way for stories to be shared socially, eg via email or Twitter.â€¢
Google Reader was free, so there should at
least be a free version.Since
all five points
are obvious, you'd think
there would be lots of options, but there
aren't. The Old Reader is fairly close and supports many of the same shortcuts.
It doesn't offer mobile apps or browser extensions, but some are available from third parties.
Also, it doesn't offer the third-party sharing options you had with Google Reader.
Still, it could be an
acceptable short-term solution to the disappearance of Google Reader, though it may not be the best long-term solution.In the absence of a seamless Google Reader replacement, Feedly truth about abs review
be picking up
most of its old customers
and many new ones: it now has more than
looks something like Google Reader if you use the 'titles' view to list
As well as its website, Feedly offers Apple iOS and Android smartphone apps, plus Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox browser extensions. On the negative
side, not all the keyboard shortcuts are the same, and not everyone is happy [link contains swearing] with Feedly's user interface, especially
on apps.If you don't
like Feedly, Newsblur is probably your best bet.
In a Twitter vote at ReplaceReader.com, Newsblur (560 tweets) was only a little behind Feedly (625 tweets), and well ahead of Bloglovin (154 tweets), which is from the company that now owns Digg. Newsblur's drawback is
that it costs $24 a year, but there is a free version pre-populated with feeds so you can see if you like it.Otherwise,
looks promising, so watch out for
the reviews.Of course, not everyone was happy with Google Reader, and you may want to try something that doesn't just clone the former market
leader.News with picturesNowadays, there seem to be two types of news
you apply the term to the software or to the type of user. First,
there are news geeks who want to
process a lot of news stories as efficiently as possible: these were the core of the Google Reader audience.
are people who want a visual presentation
of stories â€“ something more like a newspaper or magazine. Flipboard
and Zite are probably the best-known examples, and it looks as though Facebook's reader will follow this line. Facebook's founder,
Mark Zuckerberg, said he wanted Facebook to be "the best personalised newspaper in the world".With this kind of approach, users don't really need to know
anything about RSS or the feeds that may form part of the "hidden plumbing".
For example, Buzzego offers "pre-tuned"
selections to suit users with typical interests. Examples
include Tech Geek, Deep Thinker, Domestic Diva, and so on, though it has now added an "I'm from Google Reader" button to import people's existing feeds.You
may be familiar with the "long tail" idea
that journalist Chris Anderson turned into a book in 2006. Well, reading stories that are
displayed according to how popular
they are (in terms
of hits) is completely different from using Google Reader to find stories buried in
the long tail. Which would
you prefer?Perhaps magazine-style news apps will become the main
way people find and read news stories, without
any visible connection to RSS.
Perhaps this type of news consumption
will increasingly be embedded in websites such as AOL, Digg, Facebook, and so on.
Perhaps we should be less concerned about Google Reader and more interested in how the way people
get their news
long time ago, for example, I "consumed" RSS feeds via email. Today, I'm using the Protopage website to collect RSS feeds
from popular technology sites such as ZDNet, CNET, Ars Technica, Wired and so
Protopage got zero votes (tweets) as a replacement for Google Reader, but
it doesn't need to
fulfill that role,
because I have
so many other sources of news. This
includes Techmeme for popular tech stories.In fact, the stories I used to find via RSS feeds are now easier to find on Twitter, Reddit, Hacker News or even LinkedIn. No
doubt other people are still getting stories from FriendFeed, Metafilter, Digg and Slashdot. It's no longer worth the time needed to follow tens or even hundreds of RSS feeds when you can follow a handful of people who are reading those feeds and sharing the best stories.I
can understand why keen RSS readers feel betrayed by Google, but perhaps it's just
that the world has moved on.GoogleInternetComputingFacebookAppleDigital mediaJack Schofieldguardian.co.uk
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