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Digg bans RSS feed submissions to decrease spam

Digg's unpopular version 4 redesign last summer has put a big damper on the site's traffic, but the Digg team has come around and started to make changes that are helping to bring users back. The latest smart move: banning RSS feed submissions. No longer can every single post from a site be auto-submitted to Digg via RSS. According to Mashable, Digg's product manager, Mike Cieri, just informed ...

Automatically download torrents with uTorrent and RSS feeds

This week's series of tips is all about downloading files via BitTorrent. We'll highlight ways in which to torrent more efficiently, obtain higher download speeds, and generally make the whole process easier. For more tech tips, check our Tips index. If you've decided that text-based console torrenting isn't for you, the next best solution is automating your torrent downloads with RSS. Most bi...

Google Reader app for Android now available

Google has released an official Google Reader app for Android, and it's perhaps unexpectedly quite packed with features for a first release. It obviously allows you to read the feeds you subscribe to on the go, shows unread counts, items shared by friends, and lets you like and star posts -- but there is more to it than just that. It supports multiple accounts and synced preferences (although ...

Reeder for iPhone gets more Delicious

RSS readers are not all created equally, especially on iOS, but arguably one of the best, Reeder, which is available for both iPhone and iPad, just keeps getting better. The recent update to Reeder for iPad sees Delicious integration with YahooIDs as well as the addition of Facebook and Zootool sharing, and best of all, background syncing support for iOS 4.2. Not to be left out in the cold, the i...

Reeder RSS app makes the jump from iOS to Mac desktops

Reeder, one of the best RSS readers for iOS devices, has just landed on the Mac. It's still in the draft stage, but it's got all the features that make the mobile version awesome. It pulls your feeds straight from Google Reader, making initial set-up extremely quick and easy. Integration with sharing and bookmarking services also carries over from the iOS version of Reeder: Instapaper, Read It ...

The Feed: design takes the lead in this Google Reader iPad app

When you look at some apps it's pretty clear that the design of the user experience was left a little late in the development cycle. It's common practice to employ a designer to finish off what the developer has already put in place, polishing the pixels if you will. That's certainly not the case with The Feed, as its claim to fame is that it's been made purely by a design firm, Ocean Observation...

FeedStore for Chrome lets you catch up on Google Reader news while offline

Back in May, Google axed the offline mode in Google Reader. I didn't use it that often, but it was a nice way to catch up on tech news while I made the 6-hour trek to Winnipeg from my home in the North. Thankfully, there's a new Google Chrome extension called FeedStore which brings back offline reading. Just install the extension and you're ready to go. FeedStore adds an icon to your browser a...

RSS Live Links for Chrome lets you monitor news feeds in real-time

Not everyone uses Google Reader; some people (a dying breed, perhaps) like to consume their RSS feeds locally, using a desktop feed reader. Firefox has long had a Live Bookmarks feature that gave it some of those "desktop feed reader" powers: Live Bookmarks understands RSS, and it can always show you a list of a website's most recent headlines. RSS Live Links brings just that sort of functionalit...

Pulse News Reader for iPad, iPhone, and Android now free

Pulse News Reader, the popular mobile news reader app for iOS and Android, is now going free across all platforms in an effort to grab more users and, as a consequence, content partnerships. Alphonso Labs, having secured sizable venture capital funding, is attempting to turn the app into a viable business. By providing a mobile optimized solution for content consumption, they hope to switch to ...

Newswall is an artsy feed reader application

Apparently, Apple isn't the only company being emulated these days. Newswall is a feed reader that seems to be heavily influenced by Microsoft's tile-like Windows Phone 7 interface (Metro). Newswall displays a long list of tiles, each with a striking image, and each tile represents one news item from an RSS feed. When you hover over an item, a bubble with a synopsis pops up. Clicking an image pop...

Bloglines not shutting down, being taken over by MerchantCircle

Bloglines, a blog subscription service controlled by Ask.com, announced in September that it would be shutting down. That changed today, when Bloglines and Ask.com owner IAC decided to keep Bloglines alive, but not under the Ask.com banner. Bloglines and its 2.7 million subscribers are being handed off to another IAC property, MerchantCircle, starting on December 1. MerchantCircle seems like an...

Google's FeedBurner RSS analytics service gets real-time stats

Google's FeedBurner, an RSS analytics service that Google bought back in 2007, just got its first big update since coming under the Google umbrella. The new beta version of FeedBurner certainly looks prettier, with a nice, comprehensive dashboard showing relevant traffic stats and any service interruptions in your feeds. The real improvements have happened under the hood, though. As news has g...

Seven essential apps for your iPad

Like every modern mobile device, the iPad is only as good as the apps you have running on it. Sure, Apple's entry into the tablet market comes packing a decent Web browser, mail client, and photo viewer, but with apps at your side, the iPad can be transformed from an expensive couch-browser into a truly useful tool. So, for those of you who've just bagged yourself a shiny new iPad, or if you're...

Google shutting down Reader's page change tracker for sites with no RSS feed

You may not have known about it, but Google Reader has a pretty slick feature that allows you to subscribe to any page -- even one without an RSS feed. When the page is updated, it'll appear in your unread Reader items. At least, it will until September 30th. Google has announced that they're shutting down the tracker service, and it's not a complete shocker. My results with it were never that...

NewsBlur is a slick, impressive, undocumented RSS reader

NewsBlur is a very beautiful feed reader that's laden with tons of JavaScript, but it utterly lacks any form of documentation. It's an open source project by the talented Samuel Clay, who has been working on it for 15 months now. He's currently working on an iPhone version, but the regular version is very impressive in itself. The sources are hosted over on GitHub, and the project uses the Django...