Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Mar 2013 23:27 UTC
Google "We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months." This makes me very, very sad. Any good alternatives - alternatives with Windows Phone and Metro applications, that is?
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RE[4]: Web apps are a failure
by Nelson on Fri 15th Mar 2013 02:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Web apps are a failure"
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And, how exactly does that get around the 'system needs to be always on to poll' requirement, allow 3rd party apps to sync, allow mobile clients on Android/iOS to sync, etc?

You don't need to always poll. This isn't really time sensitive information. Its a convenience.

If you run a Background Task at a frequent enough interval (every 15 minutes) you get a degree of freshness of data without plummeting the battery.

This in addition to Connected Standby allowing ultra low power background processing would address a lot of your complaints.

A Windows 8 requirement is also a non-starter for most people.

A server-based setup is the best. This just might push me toward ownCloud. If I need a server running all the time, may as we make it useful.

Sure, it may be. But at that point you're just moving the goalposts. This is a happy middle ground, in my opinion.

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