We review myFeeds, which aims to bring RSS brilliance to your humble iPhone and iPod Touch
Verdict: myFeeds grants access to a whole world of web content and is very easy to use. A lick of paint wouldn't hurt, though
Platform: iPhone and iPod touch
Pros: Easy to use, comes with a decent range of pre-selected feeds
Cons: Installed feeds are US-focused, app looks a little too blue for our liking
Version Reviewed: 2.0
Publisher: Impiger Technologies
Price: 0.59p (Lite version available)
More Info: App Store or Impiger website
Once upon a time keeping up with news on the net required you to laboriously visit each site to ensure you didn’t miss anything. However, with the advent of RSS feeds it’s now possible for news to come to you.
The concept of RSS - which stands for Really Simple Syndication - will be familiar to anyone who has used a modern browser like Firefox or Google Chrome; instead of having to physically log-on to all of your favourite sites to check for new content you can have real-time alerts sent to your browser whenever anything is posted.
myFeeds works in very much the same way; you locate a site’s RSS feed URL, input it into the app and next time you open it up it will present you with a list of fresh content posted since your last visit.
myFeeds comes with several feeds already built-in, but these are very US-focused and unless you’re keen to know the latest Major League Baseball standings then you’ll probably want to forgo them in favour of creating your own personalised list.
Tapping a story in your feed opens up a brief summary of its contents, and should you deem it worthy of further investigation you can click the link and open up the site in a browser.
Sadly, there’s no option to open the page in your iPhone’s default browser, so you’re stuck with the myFeed’s rather temperamental variant which often struggles to correctly render certain pages.
However, the upshot of this is that you don’t have to shut down myFeeds to view the page – lest we forget that multi-tasking on the iPhone isn’t quite as advanced as we’d like at present.
myFeeds sports a clean and uncluttered menu system which keeps the app running smoothly. It might be a little too blue for some people and the font used on the news detail page is plain boring, but presentation-wise it gets the job done.
While it could be argued that a few more bells and whistles would make myFeeds a fare more alluring download there’s something to be said for its simplicity; it works without any major hiccups (aside from the occasional web page rendering issue) and is reasonably priced.
Until Apple decides to give us multi-tasking and Android-style widgets which update in real time, this is the best option for RSS-loving iPhone owners.