Free web services that can replace Google Reader
Google recently announced that it would be discontinuing its RSS reader service, Google Reader. While the service isn’t used by everyone, it seems, Google Reader is pretty well-loved by a lot of Internet users and readers. But just because Google Reader is on its way out doesn’t mean you’re going to struggle to keep tabs on your favorite sites.
While Google Reader was a handy tool in web browsers, there are some workable alternatives. Both in your browser and on your mobile devices, you don’t necessarily need Google Reader to serve your needs.
Grabbing a browser alternative
There are a number of services that can quickly and easily replace Google Reader, either right now or in the future. For one, social news website Digg has announced its working on a replacement for Google Reader. There are also other web-based programs and services, such as Pulse News and TinyTinyRSS, both of which let you pipe in RSS feeds from around the web and view them in elegant designs that make reading easy.
You can find a number of solid alternatives to Google Reader in your browser, and you’ll find all of them for free. Even better, though, are the alternatives you’ll find on mobile devices – they’re free, and you can take them with you when you go.
Apps to the rescue
If you’re a user of devices such as an Android smartphone, an iPhone or an iPad, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of apps that can scratch your Google Reader itch. Pulse News is one of them, available for free on both platforms, as is Flipboard, another elegant RSS feed solution. Both apps are good at aggregating and curating the news, too, which gives you something a little better than Google Reader.
You’ll find tons of apps capable of doing what Google Reader, Pulse and Flipboard offer on mobile devices, but first you’ll need a mobile device. The good news is that tablets and smartphones can be found just about anywhere, including Target, Walmart and Best Buy – all of which offer 2 percent cash back on many purchases. If you go direct to Apple you can get as much as 1 percent cash back, while Radio Shack offers 3 percent cash back. Check your cellular carriers too: AT&T offers as much as $100 cash back on smartphones and tablets, while Sprint offers as much as $30.
Google Reader might be leaving a lot of people in the cold, but there are plenty of alternatives online that won’t cost you. There are some even better ones on mobile devices, but you’ll need to nab a tablet or smartphone in order to take advantage of them.
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