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Google Reader expires...Now what?

By Peter Hulm

Several of my news apps have stopped working with the demise of Google Reader on 1 July 2013.

As a result, I've been forced to look again at the news aggregators on my iPad to find a substitute.

I've praised FeeddlerPro before, and Newsify. But Feedly has become my current news app of choice.

It's recently undergone a face-lift. The tiling is much better now than Newsify. It saves pages to Pocket without problems. Newsify in fact uses Feedly to deliver its news.

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But I am not sure how long it will last. Newsify is better (plain) at telling me how many items I have left to read. Feeddler has a free version but you need the $4.99 pro aggregator to save to Pocket, Evernote etc.

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Feedly's newslisting is like Newsify's.

Look at Flipboard

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Honestly, though, none of the readers is as good as Flipboard, if you can stand the selection of items it offers. It's more customizable now than it used to be, but whether it gives you all you want is an open question. It does have a neat Flipit bookmarklet for your browser to put texts into Flipboard, so you can use it as a version of Pocket.

If you just want a version of Google Reader one man has produced an app that apes GR as closely as possible. Gizmodo has an article on 10 alternatives, of which only Feedly and Flipboard feature here.

For me the point of RSS is to get news you won't receive otherwise. After all, Google News is still active.

None of these readers gives me news I wouldn't see otherwise, however. For that I have to go to StumbleUpon. It has a section called Alternative News and lots of specialty filters that give me better news than the readers on digital tech. It also works on my ordinary computer. But you need to send the page url to Safari to save the page to Pocket.

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I still need the readers though for the filters from Techdirt, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Mashable. I have their apps but hardly use them. I need them aggregated.

Byline comes in a free (with unobtrusive ads) and a paid ($2.99) version. This is what the free version enables you to do, including save to Pocket:

It advertises that you can read your feeds offline, and works with Feedly as its supplier. It looks pretty much the same to me as Newsify on the iPad. But you can try it for yourself on the iPhone and check out what looks best.

You could try DVice if your interests are technological. But this doesn't aggregate like the others, and look at the side listing for the article I've highlighted.

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