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We updated our pick for the best RSS app for iPhone and iPad

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Where many folks once consumed and gathered their interesting links through Twitter or Facebook, we now see many folks venturing back into their RSS queues to more directly control the types of content they’re reading.

It was only appropriate to jump back into our review and update our pick for the best RSS app for iPhone and iPad. Our pick hasn’t changed, mind you — Unread is still our pick for the best RSS app for iPhone and iPad for most people. Its beautiful interface, best-in-class reading experience, and unique gesture-based navigation system make it the easiest app to recommend to RSS users for daily usage. Unread was previously our pick for the iPad only, but our update introduces Unread as the pick for the iPhone as well.

This isn’t to say any of the other competitors in the RSS category aren’t worth your time. In fact, the RSS arena is ripe with great choices for the first time in many years.

Unread is, first and foremost, an RSS app that focuses on the reading experience. If you’re looking for the best, most comfortable way to consume your RSS feeds, Unread is the best in class.

But, if you prefer processing your feeds quickly and efficiently while also reading the occasional article and wanting to send the rest away to a read-it-later service like Pocket or Instapaper, we think the venerable Reeder 3 is the best way to go. Reeder, which has been around for quite a while, has an ever-slowing development schedule, but the app’s rock-solid performance, easy-to-understand interface, and efficient RSS interface make it a great standard pick for any RSS user.

If neither Reeder nor Unread fit your needs and you find yourself needing more capabilities, the recently updated Fiery Feeds 2 is likely the best RSS app for you. A Fiery Feeds Premium subscription offers a plethora of RSS power user features, like Smart Views (algorithmic filters to sort out your less frequently updated feeds), custom themes, custom email templates, and even custom URL templates to better interact with other apps on iOS. Fiery Feeds 2 has a few quirks that keep it from being our top pick, but if you’re an RSS power user with hundreds or thousands of feeds to sift through, Fiery Feeds may be the best for you.

Lastly, if none of the three options above fit the bill, lire is the next best contender for RSS consumption on iOS. lire utilizes the latest iOS 11 features like drag and drop and also incorporates many of the latest features from RSS providers like Inoreader and Feedly.

Regardless of your RSS usage, we have an app recommendation for you. Our review has been updated and lengthened to include a range of feature updates, new mockups and screenshots, new photos, and a range of new RSS app recommendations.

If you find yourself venturing back into RSS for news these days, give our review a look to see if you can get started on the right foot.

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digdoug
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Piffle. Newsblur or go home!
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deezil
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Hear hear!
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Bob Dorough, December 12, 1923 – April 23, 2018

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Bob Dorough has died, and with him an essential part of the early education of tens of millions of children in math, grammar, and United States civics. Here he is in 2011, doing an extended version of "Three is a Magic Number"...

Dorough was a great musician who seemed not to mind that these jingles overshadowed many other things he did, such as playing a Christmas song with Miles Davis, jamming with Chico Hamilton and Jerry Mulligan while backing Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In his nineties, he was still producing music like this song on behalf of Occupy.
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The kind of obit thread that was designed for Metafilter. Go, enjoy the links.
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A Mix For Funerals : All Songs Considered : NPR

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Chances are your life story can be told in a series of songs — a mix of the music you heard and loved at various stages in your life, from infancy through your teen years, on into adulthood and beyond. This is true all the way up to the final chapter of your life, after you've shuffled off this mortal coil. As your friends and family gather somewhere to say their goodbyes, you get one last chance to memorialize yourself with a final song. This is the song that defines who you were or how you want to be remembered. Or it's a final, parting thought you want to plant in the hearts and minds of the people left behind.

On this edition of All Songs Considered we share some of the songs and stories listeners told us they'd like to have played at their funeral. Some of the songs and the thoughts behind them are heartbreaking. Some are funny. But all are heartfelt and meaningful.

You can hear the full discussion and song excerpts via the play button at the top of the page. You can also listen to an epic Spotify playlist below featuring a whole bunch of the songs listeners told us they want played at their funeral.

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I knew "In My Life" would be there. My stepfather always wanted it as his funeral we did it. But! There was a mix up in the 'booth', and we got 15 seconds of The Lone Ranger theme song first. Made everyone in attendance laugh.
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Apple Open Sources FoundationDB

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FoundationDB (Hacker News):

FoundationDB is a distributed datastore, designed from the ground up to be deployed on clusters of commodity hardware. These clusters scale well as you add machines, automatically heal from hardware failures, and have a simple API. The key-value store supports fully global, cross-row ACID transactions. That's the highest level of data consistency possible. What does this mean for you? Strong consistency makes your application code simpler, your data models more efficient, and your failure modes less surprising.

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The vision of FoundationDB is to start with a simple, powerful core and extend it through the addition of “layers”. The key-value store, which is open sourced today, is the core, focused on incorporating only features that aren’t possible to write in layers. Layers extend that core by adding features to model specific types of data and handle their access patterns.

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digdoug
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relevant to, if not my interests, my career. Which is super boring.
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WorldMaker
3 days ago
I'm passively curious how it compares to Azure's CosmosDB because the core concept of onion-layer database that is capable of emulating multiple database types (and sliding CAP trade-offs) sounds very similar. But only passively curious because I realize I also don't want to care, because the answers are probably boring.
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20 Years of Lauryn Hill

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Yesterday, hip hop legend Lauryn Hill announced The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour 2018.

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of seminal hip-hop album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, and Lauryn Hill is marking the occasion with a special anniversary tour dedicated to the album. Hill will be performing Miseducation in full, and each stop on the tour will feature “special guest performers” that haven’t been named yet. Plus, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Hill’s MLH Foundation, which backs a huge group of charities built to help people all over the world-including the Africa Philanthropic Foundation, Appetite For Change, Apps & Girls, and the Equal Justice Initiative.

And Nerdwriter’s Evan Puschak, always with his ear to the ground (or perhaps with his ear to Drake’s Nice for What), just came out with this mini-doc celebrating of Hill’s music, influences, and people she’s influenced:

This might be one of the best Nerdwriter videos yet: no commentary, just clips of Hill performing and talking, music she was influenced by, and people & music that were influenced by her…an impressionistic portrait of a significant and uncompromising artist.

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Worldly Wise

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Proverbs from around the world:

  • If two people tell you you are blind, shut one eye. (Georgia)
  • Those who have free seats at a play hiss first. (China)
  • It is in sugar that you see the dead ant. (Malaysia)
  • Seven days is the length of a guest’s life. (Myanmar)
  • Silence is a fence round wisdom. (Germany)
  • Good things sell themselves; bad things have to be advertised. (Ethiopia)
  • Where there is most mind there is least money. (Latin)
  • Better a free meal of acorns than a honey feast on trust. (Wales)
  • Only an owl knows the worth of an owl. (India)
  • Good luck is the guardian of the stupid. (Sweden)
  • At birth we cry — at death we see why. (Bulgaria)
  • Errands are small on a spring day. (Iceland)
  • The nail suffers as much as the hole. (Netherlands)
  • The higher the castle the nearer to the lightning. (Russia)
  • There never was a five-pound note but there was a ten-pound road for it. (Scotland)
  • A contented mind is a continual feast. (England)

(From David Crystal, As They Say in Zanzibar, 2006.)

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