With Google announcing the retirement of its popular news reader service, Google Reader, users of the service have been anxiously looking for alternatives, after the initial burst of outrage. Fortunately, there are a number of other services and apps that let users of the popular news reader service migrate seamlessly. In fact, three Stanford University students have created a website – ReplaceReader.com, that aims at finding the best Google Reader alternative via a Twitter hashtag poll. We take a look at 10 of the most trending Reader alternatives.
The RSS reader app that allowed users to sync their Google reader feed and read it in a magazine-like format, appears to be the biggest contender when it comes to acquiring the news reader of choice throne, with more than 500,000 new users flocking to it within two days of Google announcing the retirement of Google reader. Feedly is working on a project called Normandy, which is a Feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. This means that Feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end when Google Reader shuts down, allowing people to transition without any impediments.
Feedly Android and iOS apps for mobile syncing, and works in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on the desktop.
The web and mobile service is similar to Google Reader and allows users to subscribe to RSS feeds in addition to offering customisation and sharing capabilities. However, the service is based on a freemium model, with the free version allowing users to subscribe to a maximum of 12 sites, update once, and share only publicly. The paid version costs $24/year but removes these limitations.
Bloglovin allows users to follow their favourite blogs and each time there’s a new post, it updates their feed. The service also offers an iPhone app. It also lets users explore new blogs in categories of their interest.
4) The Old Reader
It’s a social RSS reader based on the old version of Google reader. The service allows users to import their Google reader feed through their Google reader account or via OPML file import. The service is web only at this point in time but allows the same level of sharing and organisation as that of the old version of Google Reader.
Bloglines allows users to find and track their favorite websites and blogs in real-time, customize the user interface with multiple view options, drag and drop organization, and widgets. The service claims to have 2 million users, and is available via a web interface on both desktop and mobile apps.
6) Digg Reader
The popular news-sharing website has launched its own reader service with a web app and a mobile app for iOS. It’s also promising the launch of an Android app in the next few weeks.
Digg Reader’s interface offers a clean reading experience that puts the focus squarely on the articles, posts, images, and videos themselves. Digg will also integrate useful mobile apps that sync with Reader’s web experience. The company’s CTO had confirmed that Pocket and Instapaper integration will be in there for launch and Digg will integrate more services post launch. It offers support for key actions like subscribing, sharing, saving and organising.
It’s still a work in progress and the company plans to add “View Unread Items Only” option for feeds and folders, “Mark As Unread” button, and a fix to deliver accurate unread counts for feeds and folders, in the near future. The service claims to crawl 4.5 million feeds at the time of its launch on June 26.
7) AOL Reader
AOL has also launched its own RSS reader, AOL Reader. Currently available only as a web app, it allows users to signup using their AOL, Facebook, Twitter or Google credentials and import their Google Reader feed.
It allows users to browse news feeds in different layouts namely List View, Card View , Full View, and Pane View. It’s big on customisation and allows users to personalise the entire user interface including font size, choice between light and dark layout themes, and listing of unread stories.
8) BazQux Reader
The web based feed reader focuses on comments in posts and shows blog posts and comments in one seamless stream, tracks what was read and displays only new discussions next time. It supports comments from Reddit, Livejournal, blogs with comment feeds, Disqus and Facebook widgets. It also offers a mosaic or magazine view mode to quickly skim through picture rich blogs. The service allows users to share posts or comments via E-mail, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr or bookmark to Pinboard, Pocket, Evernote or Instapaper. It also lets them organize articles using multiple tagging and starring.
Another RSS reader that allows you to import your Google Reader feeds, FeedReader offers a standalone desktop client for Windows and Linux, in addition to a web interface. It’s one of the oldest RSS readers and offers features like Feedreader Lookup, a search engine for Internet feeds, and Feedreader Browser, that lets you find news and feeds related to any topic. The web client offers search, different layout views including a Flat view, Snippet view and List view, and filters for unread posts.
10) Flipboard, Zite and Pulse
Apps like Flipboard, Zite and Pulse also allow you to add feeds from website and browse web stories in a magazine-like format complete with pictures. The added advantage is that they also pull stories from your social feed and allow you to personalise topics. These apps are available on iOS and Android.
Ugandan Digital Agency “Definite Creations” ranks 9th among top Web Design companies in the world
Ugandan website designing company Definite Creations has been ranked among the top global website designing companies by Yahoo Finance Magazine. The Ugandan website designing giant beat over 1,500 participating companies to a top slot.
Definite Creations is a premier digital agency in Uganda providing compelling digital solutions in professional website design and hosting services, search engine optimization and social media marketing, mobile Apps and software development to help businesses achieve more.
Participating in this ranking and emerging 9th out of the top 25, Definite Creations managed to beat over 1,500 participating companies from different countries based on price, portfolios, reviews, leadership and expertise.
Speaking to Definite Creations about this milestone, Lodi Daniel, the founder and CEO of Definite Creations admits that it’s a very humbling experience having your company feature on prominent magazine like Yahoo Finance, “I would like to give the glory back to God and thank all the team at Definite Creations for the great work they are doing thus far. And this is our renewed commitment to continue providing quality and effective Digital marketing services to our clients and urge businesses to embrace Digital to spiral their business growth” He added.
“Definite Creations is currently serving clients in Uganda, South Sudan, South Africa and this ranking will provide opportunities for us to tap into the global clientele”.
The survey was carried out by DesignRush, a B2B market place that features the top agencies around the world, including the best Digital Agencies, Logo Design, Branding, Digital Marketing, Website Design, ecommerce Web Design Companies, and more.
Infinix to unveil a phone with the latest technology
By Staff Writer
Infinix Mobility’s newest gadget brings science fiction to reality with the Augmented Reality.
The tech company is rumored to unveil its hottest new innovation on 8th July 2019 which includes Augmented Reality (AR)core, AR measure and Quick note. Infinix Mobility has proved extremely impressive setting a trend in the smartphone industry with its latest technology in the upcoming device, the NOTE6 aimed at providing users with reasonably priced device with a higher level of technology.
“We are moving from being just a smartphone company to bringing the high technology to everyone at affordable prices and the pretty cool NOTE6 is the beginning of greater innovation. The NOTE6 may not only be a phone with the AR core but is a device below One million shillings with such great features for everyone.” Marketing Manager, Ms. Gladys Liu said.
The NOTE6 AI powered X-pen comes with a lot of interesting functions which automatically detects and connects phone numbers, reminders, alarm clocks from the content recorded.
In addition, the X-pen has Intelligent gesture which can quickly erase the modified content, export pictures / format easily to spreadsheets, word document and handwritten font is easily translated into text.
The NOTE6 is rumored to have triple rear cameras, with a 3 days battery life and a tremendous upgrade in the RAM and storage capacity providing a user with space enough to store over 15,000 pictures, videos and a smooth user experience without lagging.
The NOTE6 will be available in three colors.
The best government bodies online awarded
By Our Reporter
The National Information Technology Authority (NITA) Uganda awarded the best online government bodies in the eGovernment Excellence Awards held at the Speke Resort Munyonyo on Thursday.
The ceremony, held under the theme “Bold Digital Government: Unlocking Service Delivery”, was aimed at recognizing government agencies that have been outstanding in digitizing and bringing their services online while also creating awareness of eGovernment services.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda who was also Chief Guest of Honour, revealed that the government has made deliberate effort to grow the ICT sector in order to harness the incredible potential it brings to Uganda’s development agenda.
“It is now common wisdom that the internet drives business transformation and economic modernization,” he stated. “However, world over, it is known that affordability is one of the primary barriers to Internet access and optimal use. I would like to acknowledge that there have been deliberate efforts by this government through the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda under the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance to increase internet penetration and reduce the cost of internet.”
The award ceremony was part of a month-long celebration to mark NITA’s 10 years of existence. The awards attracted over 75 nominations under various categories in which 16 awards were won.
Some of the winners included Uganda Revenue Authority which was voted the best Exhibitor at the e-Government Expo 2019; NSSF was voted the best Government Entity Of The Year 2019; while the CIO of the year award went to Martin Ssekajja, the Head of Information Systems at Kampala Capital City Authority.
The award ceremony was organised by Legend Events.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Chief Information Officer – Martin Sekajja
Outstanding Web-portal Award: Connected – Makerere University
Outstanding Web-portal Award: Interactive – UNBS
Outstanding Web-portal Award: Informational – Office of the Director Public Prosecution
Outstanding Web-portal Award: Local Government – Mbarara District Local Government
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Economic, Infrastructure and Competitiveness sector – UNRA (PDU E-Transit Ladder)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Tourism and Trade sector – URA (eBIZ)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Education sector – UNEB (eRegistration)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Health sector – National Medical Store (Smart Care)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Human sector – Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development (External Employment Information System)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Accountability and Governance sector – Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Integrated Financial Management System)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Public Administrations and Management sector – Ministry of Local Government (ELogRev)
Outstanding Sector eService Award: Justice Law and Order sector – URSB (Business Registration system)
Best Exhibitor at eGovernment Expo – URA
Government Entity of the Year – NSSF
Citizen Choice – URA (eTax)
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