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: Web apps are a failure
by Delgarde on Thu 14th Mar 2013 02:42 UTC in reply to "Web apps are a failure"
Delgarde
Member since:
2008-08-19

Web 3.0 is nearly here and I predict it will be the resurrection of the desktop app built with web technologies and social connectivity.


The problem with desktop apps in this particular case is that the app needs to be always-on - otherwise it misses articles that appeared and dropped off the bottom of the feed while the desktop app was offline (laptop suspended, on a plane, whatever).

That was the big advantage Reader had over the various desktop RSS readers that used to be so popular - that because it was Google's server doing the polling, nothing was ever missed. That, and if you read your news feeds from multiple devices (work machine, home machine, smartphone), keeping everything on Reader avoided the need to sync the databases across different devices...

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RE[2]: Web apps are a failure
by Nelson on Thu 14th Mar 2013 02:49 in reply to "RE: Web apps are a failure"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

This is solved in Windows 8. You can use a Background Task to fetch and store RSS feeds locally (at 30 minute intervals, when you sign in/sign out, and when internet connectivity changes).

If you use a Clover Trail SoC or an ARM SoC you can take advantage of Connected Standby which lets your PC go into low power states while periodically waking up to run background tasks.

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RE[3]: Web apps are a failure
by phoenix on Thu 14th Mar 2013 16:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Web apps are a failure"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

This is solved in Windows 8. You can use a Background Task to fetch and store RSS feeds locally (at 30 minute intervals, when you sign in/sign out, and when internet connectivity changes).

If you use a Clover Trail SoC or an ARM SoC you can take advantage of Connected Standby which lets your PC go into low power states while periodically waking up to run background tasks.


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?

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.

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RE[3]: Web apps are a failure
by Delgarde on Thu 14th Mar 2013 20:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Web apps are a failure"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

This is solved in Windows 8. You can use a Background Task to fetch and store RSS feeds locally (at 30 minute intervals, when you sign in/sign out, and when internet connectivity changes).


How does that solve anything? The problems I cited with desktop RSS readers is that the device needs to be turned on, and that it needs to have internet connectivity at all times. I don't see how running a background task helps with either of those issues - nor with the question of syncing across multiple devices.

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