I must admit I like electronic gizmos. And among them, I cherish my iPhone as one of the most exciting devices ever.
If you’ve owned one for awhile, this post may not interest you. However, if you’re an iPhone newbie, I’ll tell you how to take 3D Perspectives with you everywhere (on your iPhone). It’s all about RSS feeds.
The embedded mobile Safari browser does read RSS feeds. You can find several iPhone optimized RSS readers at the App Store. I tested several of them and propose that you stick with the most popular one: Free RSS Reader. It’s simple to use, has a slick interface and is available in several languages.
Once you’ve installed it, you get something like this (sorry, I own a French iPhone, the screen captures are in French) :
My own feeds list is featured here, of course you’ll only have one or two Apple news feeds to start with. To add a new feed, just click on the plus sign on the upper left corner. You will get this screen :
Sorry again for the French interface, but it’s so straightforward that it it’s easy to understand. RSS Reader will let use three methods to subscribe to a RSS feed:
- Enter the feed URL in the first field
- Or navigate the web. Just enter the starting address in the second field. RSS Reader will navigate to that page, automatically detect the linked RSS feeds and will let you add them with a simple tap
- Or retrieve your already subscribed feeds if you’re using Google Reader, Bloglines or Newsgator on your computer. Isnt’ it cool?
If you wish to add the 3D Perspectives feed, the address is http://feeds2.feedburner.com/3dPerspectives
As soon as you have tapped “Validate” on the upper right corner, the new feed will open :
You have a full blue disc before an unread entry, a half one before an already read one. Just tap on an entry to expand it :
You can use Safari to jump to the page on the blog (tap on Safari), but the posts nicely display in Free RSS Reader as you can see above. You can even take our polls from here (and please, do not forget to do so!)
Of course, you can edit your feeds: change their names, the update frequency etc. I personnally update all feeds whenever I start RSS Reader. As with phone calls, emails and SMS, the number of unread entries is displayed on a red badge on the RSS Reader icon on your Springboard.
Simple and neat. Have fun with your “Precious”!