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Read RSS Feeds with the Pulse News Reader App for iPad

The Pulse News Reader app for iPad is an RSS news reader, but rather than presenting feeds as straightforward lists, Pulse presents them as graphically rich blocks that look almost like a filmstrip. If the RSS feeds you are following include images with them, those images are displayed by the text, making it a lot easier to get the gist of each article, and it certainly makes scrolling through your feeds more interesting.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and it's another way for a Web site to serve up new articles, stories, or other forms of content, usually with a headline link to the full article, a teaser, and sometimes an image. An RSS news reader is an app that displays RSS feeds from one or more sites. It's just another way to read a Web site.

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Each of your feeds (you can have up to 20) is featured as a horizontal strip, with the newest article to the left. You can swipe up and down to see more of your feeds, and you can swipe from side to side to scroll the articles in a given feed. It's pretty simple. When you see an article you want to read, just tap its box (articles you haven't read yet are brighter than articles you have already read), and it gets pulled up in its own pane. If your feed offers entire articles, you'll get the whole thing right there.

You can also tap the Web button in the upper-right corner of the screen and automatically open the full article every time you tap a block. To go back to reading just the RSS feed, tap the Text button.

Lastly, there's a social networking component in Pulse. When you see an article you like, you can tap the Heart icon and add it to your own Pulse. This is basically an RSS feed that you create that has only those articles you pick. You can have up to five Pulses and your friends can follow them.

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