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In the transition from Google Reader (which happens Monday, FYI), I’ve been looking for a great alternative I can replace my RSS reading habits with. I wasn’t pleased with any of the free options that I saw — most of their designs didn’t appeal to me, and I wasn’t interested in supporting another service that could go away without a solid financial plan.

At that point, I ended up looking for my paid options and settled on Feed Wrangler. It’s developed by David Smith, a trusted developer in the Apple community. The service itself is $19 per year, but the app is free. And now that I’ve been using the app (and service) for a few weeks, what do I think of it? Read on to find out. (more…)

Reading on your iPhone can be a chore, mostly because your iPhone is so small and words can be so big, especially when writers make them into sentences and then paragraphs. From there, people start writing blogs, and everything just goes downhill — unless you have a great RSS app to help you keep all that reading in check. Feedly is making reading on the iPhone that much more enjoyable though, even if you do still have to contend with all those words and sentences and things. (more…)

The App Store celebrated its one billionth app download in 2009, a time when Retina displays were a mere dream and multitasking required two iPhones. Reeder made its debut after the 2009 milestone and was one of the first apps to bring style to iOS RSS readers. In the three years since this milestone, downloads exceeded the 25 billion mark, and Apple finally pushed past the mark of platform parity. Just like the savvy developers at Apple, Rizzi continued to push innovative designs, and the app grew along with the operating system that held it.

Reeder 2 featured major design and performance improvements, and it quickly became a gold standard as well as a dock companion. Rizzi dropped several hints about Reeder 3 over the last few months, but none of these juicy bits prepared users for the dramatically different experience provided by the newest update. Reeder’s new 3D animations and improved picture handling brought quick praise, but critics were just as quick to critique the app on its extensive push of the Readability service.

Does Reeder 3 improve upon its predecessor, or has the update tarnished this app’s excellent reputation?

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My iPhone isn’t my go-to for reading anything. I really think the screen is too small and there are so many products on the market that have reading wrapped up. But sometimes I still find myself with a few minutes to spare and want to catch up on my Google Reader RSS feeds, with only my iPhone in sight. What to do?

Luckily, Newsify has come to my aid, with an elegant and dead simple app that has made my iPhone a reading destination for me, not just a last resort when I’ve got nothing better to do and no better e-reader on hand. Read on to find out why I’m so enthusiastic about this little app. (more…)

I am always trying to stay in the know when it comes to technology. I just love reading about it everyday and seeing what is up and coming. This is where something like Google Reader comes in very handy. I can pull in all the news stories from all the different websites I read and have it all in one place. Definitely a great way to get your news if you get it from many different sources.

But this review isn’t about Google Reader, but an application that is very similar to it and yet offers a ton more features — Reeder for the iPhone. For those of you that don’t know, Reeder has been around for a couple of years now and I have used it on the iPhone for a long time. It’s a great app to use to browse the news and save for later reading when you are on a bigger screen.
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