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Taking Stock Of My Reliance On Algorithms (Or Lack Thereof)


The recent controversies surrounding social networks and what they do to people’s perceptions of reality has gotten me to take a bit of a deeper look at the ones I use and, particularly, the extent to which I rely on algorithms in each one. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ve let algorithms run my life that much at all. The battle over how to curate social media really comes down to one question though: do you trust users or the network to avoid getting users caught up in bubbles? Continue reading

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Apple’s News App & News Consumption, Part Two

I could only really mess around with Apple’s News app for a few hours before I wrote that previous post about why I wouldn’t really need it and why I still use RSS. Since then I’ve discovered a little more about it, but still don’t know how much use it could ever really be to me. It also got me thinking some more about how fundamentally my news consumption has changed in the last 10 years or so.

Previously I compared Apple’s News app to RSS before realizing it actually does have a function to accept RSS feeds. If you go to a website in Safari with a certain kind of feed you can tell iOS9 to add that feed to the News app. I haven’t gotten it to actually work but there it is. Continue reading

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iOS9 News And Why I Still Prefer RSS


With the buzz around about iOS9 I thought I’d go ahead and at least check out Apples new News app before I dismissed it. Even before the OS update and the app came out I already assumed I wouldn’t be very interested in yet another news aggregator, but it’s made me realize what’s happened to the way I get my news. Continue reading

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Why And How I Still Use RSS


Taking a break from games for just a minute, the final closure of Google Reader has reminded me just how relatively niche RSS is, despite how much I use it. Despite this and the emergence of other tech with the same end purpose, I’ll continue to use it for the foreseeable future.

I started using RSS in a time before there was twitter, when Facebook was still mostly limited to college students, and when keeping up with various websites was still a pain on its own. The main reason I use RSS so heavily now (I probably subscribe to close to 200 feeds) is because my involvement in journalism requires me to keep up on news beyond what bubbles up in social networks. It’s only the occasional person who asks me what RSS is or articles on RSS’s irrelevance that remind me of how unusual I might be.

I get it. If you follow the twitter feeds of a bunch of news websites you basically get the same information, but in a faster and more digestible format. To some extent even I do this every few hours while also reading hundreds of RSS headlines once or twice each day. Through my parents’ use of mobile devices I also see that individual newspapers have gotten much better at keeping people up to date through digital means, but I still need something more eclectic.

I’ve also seen the criticisms that RSS laser-focuses your media consumption, but that depends on how frequently you switch up and add subscriptions. Adding to your RSS feed is a bit more complicated than simply following something on twitter or liking it on Facebook I guess. Maybe doing it so often makes me a power user so perhaps that’s another unusual thing about my media consumption habits.

When it comes to actually moving on from Google Reader, a slip-up with Flipboard has severely damaged my relationship with that company and my most-used mobile app. Reading Google Reader on Flipboard was literally my number one reason for even turning on my iPad until the Google Reader shutdown. Due to some issues those feeds are now gone and I’m discovering just how flimsy Flipboard can be without other social networks to piggy back on.

If I could just throw an OPML file into Flipboard that would be the end of it. Just reading about the features it would lose even if I’d kept the Google feeds was disappointing. It would be even more ideal if Flipboard became its own RSS cloud (similar to Feedly), which I hope it’s in the process of doing. Flipboard is already trying to become its own social network with magazines and accounts, and I just hope they add RSS to that equation.

For now, Feedly will have to suffice as a substitute. Several RSS apps have already switched to its cloud which get’s the job done. After the issues with Flipboard and moving through some other iOS RSS readers I’ve switched to Newsify for now after iTunes Genius kept suggesting it to me, and I have to admit it’s pretty light and quick, having sort of imitated Flipboard’s magazine style.

Ironically, all I can really use Flipboard for now is Twitter and other social networks, bringing that app (for me) closer to how everyone else is probably consuming media.


  • So Microsoft is doing QR codes that work with Kinect instead of making you enter codes manually. Shouldn’t the Wii U and 3DS be doing this? We know the 3DS camera can read QR codes.
  • Crysis is $5 on Xbox Live. It is unlike any other Xbox shooter, including its sequels. http://flip.it/c1e3K 
  • Donkey Kong for the Game Boy is on Club Nintendo again: https://t.co/zs2uql79Mf I did a blog on it a while back. One of the best games I’ve played on my 3DS.
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