For Web junkies who fancy themselves as "in-the-know," reading news across the Web takes up a significant portion of the day. They tether themselves to their gadgets and mobile devices, soak up new posts on their favorite Web sites, and of course, maintain their presence on all the usual social media channels. It's a sometimes taxing cycle of knowledge breeding hunger for more knowledge. Well, we at CNET are certainly no strangers to the plugged-in lifestyle, so we thought we'd take the time to share a couple of Android apps to help manage it.Now most … Read more
Pulse News gives you all the news from your favorite Web sites laid out in an intuitive interface. News sites are laid out vertically so you can swipe up and down to the latest news from all sites quickly, or you can swipe horizontally to read more stories from the same site. Each story heading has the headline and an included graphic, making for a more elegant approach than other news readers that show only text links. Touching a story heading gives you either a text-based summary, a mobile-optimized version for easy reading, or a way to view the story … Read more
RSS Ticker is a free Firefox extension that displays your subscribed RSS feeds in a scrolling toolbar. It's easy to use, customizable, and an effective way of staying on top of things without cutting away from your browsing.
We installed RSS Ticker and restarted Firefox. RSS Ticker began scrolling preloaded headlines along the bottom of our browser window. A pop-up notified us that our saved RSS feeds would appear shortly and also offered a link to instructions for adding new feeds, which is as easy as saving a page in Live Bookmarks. We browsed to some news sites and … Read more
Social networking Web browser RockMelt expanded its reach to the iPhone today, debuting a browser that synchronizes the desktop versions' features to your iPhone. These include the new Read Later option for saving URLs to be read in the future, as well as RockMelt's full Twitter and Facebook management tools.
This means that in addition to Twitter and Facebook basics, such as retweeting and wall posting, you can add photos, geotag, and open links on the fly. This last feature is unique to RockMelt for iPhone. When you tap an update from a friend on either service that contains … Read more
Currently there are only a handful of applications in the Android Market that have been written specifically for Honeycomb. One such title, Pulse News Reader, is a shining example of how gorgeous these new OS 3.0 apps truly are. Indeed, I've noticed that my tablet user experience on the Xoom is completely different from what it was on a Galaxy Tab. And thanks to news and magazine apps such as Pulse, I'm consuming more information and becoming more productive.
In short, Pulse is an RSS feed reader for Android. But it's the presentation of your articles … Read more
Watching with great interest (and a little skepticism) the launch of The Daily, the new iPad new publication, it's easy to marvel at the design, technology, and ambitious scale of the project. But after spending a few hours leafing through the inaugural issue, you are left with the same nagging questions. Will readers pay 99-cents a week, or $40 a year, for what is essentially a daily downloadable news app, especially when so much high-quality news is available online at no cost?
The real litmus test (at least for someone such as myself, having worked in newspapers, magazines, and … Read more
Merry Christmas Eve! CNET social-media expert Caroline McCarthy joins us on this 404 Podcast Yuletide episode where we're wrapping up the year in tech.
The Apple iPad dominated our most-wanted list for the year, but 2010 was a huge year for technology as a whole. From mobile location check-in apps like Foursquare to on-demand video and wireless set-top boxes to motion-control video games and e-books, join us as we recap our personal favorites and reveal what we're looking forward to the most in 2011!The 404 Yuletide Mini-sode, 2010 Tech Round-up Edition Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | … Read more
Pulse News for iPad gives you all the news from your favorite Web sites laid out in an intuitive interface. News sites are laid out vertically so you can swipe up and down to the latest news from all sites quickly, or you can swipe horizontally to read more stories from the same site. Each story heading has the headline and an included graphic, making for a more elegant approach than other news readers that show only text links. Touching a story heading gives you either a text-based summary, a mobile-optimized version for easy reading, or a way to view … Read more
A new Web app from Microsoft can bring life to your Web searches by using them to build customizable news-oriented Web albums.
Demoed at Le Web conference last week, Microsoft's Montage can take virtually any topic or keyword that you enter and create a Web page filled with articles and photographs grabbed from news sites, Twitter, YouTube, and a variety of other sources. You can customize your page with different layouts and change each section of the page to point to specific sources of information. When you're done, you can save your page and publish it or share … Read more
Google has produced more than a couple Android apps over the last two years with Listen, Scoreboard, and Sky Map among its most notable titles. Yet, there has been one app people have been clamoring for since the T-Mobile G1 debuted: Google Reader. Sure, we've always had a mobile optimized site available to use, but nothing beats a good native client. And earlier this week, Google finally released a Reader app.
Reader is not just a simple port of the Web experience since it adds some nifty features you don't get from the browser--take multiple account support, for … Read more