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RSS Feeds – A Better Way of Getting Your News

May 6, 2010 / in Information Technology / by

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RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. (Wikipedia definition and more details)  It is a way for web sites and bloggers to publish their content in a standard format.  The nice thing about the standard is that there are hundreds of different “feed readers” including Microsoft Outlook, Google Reader and more.  What we like most about RSS is that you can have access to breaking news on whatever subject interests you, and because the media is not printed, it is environmentally friendly.  For a list of great RSS feed readers, check out this Mashable article.

We stumbled on an amazing RSS reader with a unique twist in an iPad application called Early Edition.  (Review by CNET.com)  This reader allows you to specify the various RSS feeds that you want to consume (list of feeds we like later…).  It then grabs all of the recent articles from those feeds, mixes them up, and presents them in a newspaper looking format that works very well.  After a week of consuming RSS feeds using Early Edition, we can honestly say that it is the best feed reader we have used.  We especially love how various topics are mixed together, making it more interesting to read.  Highly recommended.

Here is a list of feeds that the Blue Gurus pay close attention to, in case you want to add them to your list!  If you aren’t reading RSS feeds yet, it is worth your time to check out what it is all about!

Mashable.com (RSS)
Slashdot (RSS)
Engadget (RSS)
MacRumors (RSS)
USA Today Top Headlines (RSS)
CNN Top Headlines (RSS)
BlueGurus.com (shameless RSS)

Screenshot of Early Edition RSS Reader for the iPad:

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