The best Mac news­read­ers

Find out which one to for stay­ing

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RSS means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple – to some, it’s Re­ally Sim­ple Syn­di­ca­tion, to oth­ers Rich Site Sum­mary – but it de­liv­ers the same ben­e­fits to ev­ery­body: it’s a way to sub­scribe to your favourite web­sites and get new ar­ti­cles the mo­ment they’re pub­lished. RSS isn’t as fash­ion­able as it used to be, but on an in­ter­net where ev­ery page seems stuffed with ads and track­ers it’s more use­ful than ever be­fore. Read­ing in RSS means no auto-play­ing videos, no pop­ups and none of the other things that can make brows­ing the web so an­noy­ing some­times. It’s par­tic­u­larly good if you’re try­ing to catch up with things when you’re out and about: re­fresh­ing an RSS reader on a crowded Wi-Fi con­nec­tion is much more pleas­ant and much faster than brows­ing in­di­vid­ual web­sites.

RSS feeds are sim­ple: each one has a web ad­dress, such as techradar.com/rss, and RSS read­ing soft­ware can sub­scribe to that feed. When­ever a new ar­ti­cle is pub­lished on­line the feed is up­dated, and when your RSS reader next checks the feed the ar­ti­cle ap­pears in your reader au­to­mat­i­cally.

In this test we’ve put six very dif­fer­ent RSS read­ers through their paces. Break­ing puts head­lines in your No­ti­fi­ca­tion panel, and that’s about it; Daily de­liv­ers a no-frills news feed that’s sim­ple and speedy to nav­i­gate; Leaf, NetNewsWire and Read­Kit are bril­liant for be­gin­ners but per­fect for power users too; and Pulp puts your feeds into a news­pa­per-style for­mat for easy read­ing and shar­ing.

While all of our RSS read­ers use the same feeds, the way they use them dif­fers dra­mat­i­cally – and the things you can do with them dif­fers too. Some are stripped-back and sim­ple, oth­ers sup­port ev­ery con­ceiv­able shar­ing ser­vice, some give you com­plete con­trol over how ev­ery sin­gle let­ter looks and some en­able you to sync with iOS com­pan­ion apps too. But which one is best? There’s only one way to find out. Let’s put them through their paces. Gary Mar­shall

When ev­ery web page seems to be stuffed with ads and track­ers, RSS is more use­ful than ever

1 Break­ing £3.99 its­break­ing.com Daily 2 2 $2.99 (about £1.95) ad­b4nd.com Leaf 5 3 £5.99 rock­ysand­stu­dio.com

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