Posts Tagged ‘Google Reader’

We’ve known for over three months that the once-loved Google Reader was about to meet its maker. Google announced back in March of this year that they would be retiring their extremely popular RSS subscription portal, a decision that resulted in hoards of users looking for alternative tools and services to handle their RSS based needs. The countdown has been on since March, and now that Google Reader’s date of destiny has finally been and gone, we are now seeing the highly recommended Reeder iPhone app gain a significant update to improve its chances of being the adopted tool of choice for those on the lookout.

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Google Reader will be discontinued starting July 1, here are our top 5 Google Reader alternatives recommendation that you must migrate to right now.

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This summer has emerged as a pivotal time for e-reading apps. Google Reader is going defunct, AOL Reader has just been rolled out as a Web service, and rumor has it that Facebook is also set to join the party with its own magazine service à la Flipboard. Today, as promised, Digg has added reader features to its iOS app, which notably, allows users to import straight from Google Reader.

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It has long since been in the public domain that AOL would be coming through with an RSS reading app to help soften the blow of Google Reader having been dropped by the search giant, and today, a beta has officially been released by the Broadway-based outfit. Entering this already crowded market is going to be a difficult sell, particularly with Facebook also reportedly lurking with an aggregation app of its own, and it will certainly be interesting to see whether AOL is in with a shout of competing with the many other feeder apps knocking about.

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As part of Facebook’s ongoing efforts to expand its mobile prowess, the social network is plotting a news service for smartphones and tablets. The app will, according to insiders of The Wall Street Journal, take a very similar form to the popular Flipboard, helping users dissect and digest the news in a neat, easy-to-read format. It’s safe to say that Facebook is preparing itself well to take over the crown of Google Reader, which will shut down on the first of July. More details can be found right after the jump.

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Google often go through a process of reviewing services they offer. History has shown us that the Mountain View based company is definitely not shy when it comes to making the big and sometimes controversial decisions about axing a particular offering if they see fit. After having first gone down the route of ending support for exchange based synchronization, the company have now announced that they will be sending their popular Google Reader RSS aggregation tool into oblivion.

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