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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?


Recent changes to Google’s privacy policy have spurred many thoughts of abandoning ship in search of Google alternatives. While leaving Google altogether is probably an overreaction, it’s worth taking inventory of just how much or your data travels through the Google pipeline. Yes, Google services have no monetary cost, but there is a privacy cost involved. Soapbox aside, it’s also every geek’s job to tinker.

Google search alternatives such as DuckDuckGo are growing in popularity, but users of services such as Google Reader have few other choices. Shaun Inman’s Fever is a self-hosted feed reader that offers several improvements over Google Reader, but unfortunately, Fever’s mobile experience is limited to web clips. Sunstroke is the first native iPhone application built for Fever, and today we’ll see if this app can maintain Fever’s personality while offering all of the features that make it a superior alternative to Google Reader. (more…)