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Newsblur -- RSS news reader and Google Reader replacement
Google is shutting Google Reader down on July 1 so those of us who use it must have an alternative solution in place before it goes away. I have been testing a few of them and have adopted Newsblur as my replacement for Google Reader.
Newsblur imports all of your Google Reader feeds to get started and then works basically like Google's reader. The web interface is better than the very basic one in Google Reader and can be customized just like you want it.
The screen above shows how I use Newsblur in the browser, similar to the interface of Google Reader but with more information. I can spin through thousands of RSS items in a short time using keyboard shortcuts just as I did in Google Reader.
You can train Newsblur over time by marking articles you like, dislike, or don't care about. Newsblur will then concentrate on the topics and styles you like in its Focus mode. I haven't used it long enough to tell how useful this might be.
There are Newsblur apps for both iOS and Android, which are demonstrated in the slides to follow.
Newsblur is free but offers a premium service for $24/year that allows working with more sites than the free version, plus it enables some additional features.
iPad app -- feed list
This screen shows the initial list of feeds for checking in Newsblur. You can tap on any of them to work with just that site or hit All Stories to work them all in sequence.
Tapping on any of the sites or folders takes to you the article list screen, shown next.