Reeder can rescue your Google Reader RSS feeds
The death knell may have sounded for Google Reader, but that doesn’t mean all is lost for those who rely on the search giant for serving up their RSS feeds.
That’s where Reeder comes in, an iPad app which relies on Google Reader for its backend. The service is due to continue even after Google Reader finishes us on July 1, and is now free for a limited time (it is usually $2.99). It is also free for Mac users.
The app works simply enough. On signing into your Google account, it takes your RSS feeds and displays them as a vertical list.
All the controls are easy to manage. The home page displays folders from each of your sources, including one for unread posts and another for items that you have saved (you save articles by pressing the ‘star’ button on each article).
On entering each folder, the app displays the latest articles down the left-hand side and selected articles on the right. At the top there are buttons for saving, marking as read and sharing to others.
Indeed, Reeder is hardly short of sharing options, with users able to share to Twitter, Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, Evernote, Facebook and email, as well as other services.
FT splits news by time of day with updated web app
Ever since ditching its native iPad app, The Financial Times has been a shining example of what can be done with a mobile HTML5 app.
On launching the app back in June 2011, FT clocked up 200,000 downloads in two weeks and two millions users by May 2012. Back in September, the firm said that the app has been so successful that smartphones and tablets now account for 15% of new subscriptions to FT.com.
The company this week updated its web app with a raft of new features.
The main screen has been tweaked with a fresh user interface and slipping between stories is now as easier to swiping to the next article.
But it is at the bottom right where the most notable change lies for this FT app. In the bottom right corner there is two tabs for accessing the ‘Morning’ edition or the ‘Live’ edition. Touching the morning edition takes you to content which featured in the early hours, while the Live button takes you back to the latest content.
As ever, you can sign in, register or subscribe to FT in the bottom left hand corner, and dive into content by section. These sections are split by region, companies, markets, comments and analysis, and letters, among others.
Sharing articles is as easy as touching the share button to push content to email, Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, while subscribers can even view related stories and clip articles to read later on their MyFT hub (stationed at the bottom left of the homepage). MyFT hub even gives recommendations based on what you are currently reading.
There are further controls for changing the text size and caching content for offline reading. The FT web app can be downloaded on your iPad from app.ft.com.
SkyDrive is back, better and now supports the iPad mini
Microsoft has finally been able to update the iOS app for SkyDrive, its cloud storage solution.
It was previously reported that problems over Apple’s 30% App Store revenue fee were causing delay to not only SkyDrive but to a possible Office for iPad app. Thankfully, it appears as though both parties have come to a resolution.
The app (free, iTunes), which is on version 3.0, now supports both the iPhone 5 and iPad mini and offers up a number of handy features, including the ability to download full-resolution photos to either device.
And in addition to making some bug fixes, Microsoft also claims to have improved support for opening and uploading SkyDrive files in other iOS apps, and there is certainly obvious when you use the app.
For example, tapping on the share button when in a file gives you the option to 'Open in Another App'. In this instance, I was offered the chance to push an image to Quickoffice, CloudOn, Google Drive and Dropbox among others, apps which are all on my iPad.
Downloading images took a matter of seconds, although there is no confirmation that the file has downloaded, so you will need to browse through your camera roll.
SkyDrive for iPad is now available from the App Store.