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Published:Monday | August 25, 2014 | 8:00 AM
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Written and compiled byKareem LaTouche and Stephanie Lyew

Apps this Week for Android, Apple and windows

Tech word/term of the week

Tech poll of the week

What device or hardware do you use to back up your data?

A. External hard drive - 31%

B. USB flash or thumb drive - 37%

C. SD card - 19%

D. Other/None of the above - 13%

RSS (or RSS Feeds)

There are two main definitions for the acronym, RSS. First definition is'Rich Site Summary' and the other is 'Real Simple Syndication'. RSS is a type of XML (Extensible Markup Language) Internet format. This XML format is a series of codes that are responsible for commands that produce layouts for web pages that is, controlling text for both humans and machines to understand.

In layman's terms, RSS means an easy way to read stories or popular news in one feed. For computer users that prefer reading the news online it is likely that the option to create an RSS feed will be noticed on various social networks, newspaper and magazine web pages and blog sites. Instead of wasting time browsing the web for every news headline or popular stories around the world RSS Feeds gather all that information in one simple-to-read page that contains both texts and graphic (digital file formats such as images and videos) into one easily accessed link.

Sources

http://www.fullfeeds.com/faq.html or http://paulstamatiou.com/how-to-getting-started-with-rss/

Feedly for Android

The Feedly application eliminates the task of searching frequently visited web pages and blog sites for news content by loading all posts, information and newsfeeds from favourites into one page. Android users who utilise a mobile phone and tablet will be able to synchronise between the two devices. Though very average, it will assist Android users with the amount of data that is used up since information from more than one page is loaded into one newsfeed. The application requires 7.3 MB of free space and Android 2.2 and up. For users who were experiencing slow loading of the RSS feed, the application software has been updated recently to iron out the issues with speed.

Feeddler RSS Reader for Apple (iPhone)

There is no other RSS Reader like Feeddler for Apple iPhone users, due mainly to features such as the option to sort newsfeeds by old to new or vice versa, as well as synchronising feeds with old RSS readers such as Google Reader and Feed HQ. Users may now access previously viewed newsfeeds from old pages. Feeddler also supports social-network sharing, tagging and the creation of caches of RSS articles for offline reading. Users may also have multiple accounts on the free version of Feeddler.

Nextgen Reader for Windows

The Nextgen Reader is supported by the Readability app on Windows, which allows Android users to read full articles, discover popular feeds and browse the feed categories. Windows phone users may save the RSS stories/feeds and cache images to mobile devices by simple synchronization with other applications such as OneNote and Pocket (as well as Readability). The app does not have a free version available, it costs users approximately US$3 to successfully download and install Nextgen Reader to any Windows phone.

Book Buzz: Study finds people absorb less on e-readers

Here's more fodder for the great paper vs e-book debate.

A new study has found that readers using an e-reader were "significantly" worse than print book readers at remembering when events occurred in a story, The Guardian reports.

The study, which was presented at a conference in Italy in July, gave 50 readers the same Elizabeth George short story to read. Half read on a Kindle and half read a paperback. Afterwards, the readers were tested on plot, character, objects and settings.

"The Kindle readers performed significantly worse on the plot reconstruction measure, i.e., when they were asked to place 14 events in the correct order," Ann Mangen, a researcher on the study told The Guardian.

The research suggests that the physical experience of holding a Kindle does not provide the same support for remembering the order of events in a story as a print book does.

sensing with your fingers

"When you read on paper you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right," Mangen said. "You have the tactile sense of progress, in addition to the visual."

Mangen chairs a European research network which looks at the effects of digital text on reading. "We need to provide research and evidence-based knowledge to publishers on what kind of devices (iPad, Kindle, print) should be used for what kind of content," she said.

- USA Today