I snapped a shot of its fast-flowing river of news (at left) to compare it to the slower-rendering version I used with a joystick years ago.
I've discovered most tweeple don't have personal news sources anymore. They depend on their peeps to link to interesting things or they use The Journal, Mashable, The Verge, Techcrunch, or Giga Om to get their news. I'm old skool and have kept Google Reader ticking along for a lot of reasons. The iReader runs on old mobile phones. It's a small screen version of the full-fledged Goodle Reader and nothing like more elegant news presentations found inside apps today. It's basic, functional and fast.
For those reading articles in list view, this simple (and light on the data) view of fast-flowing news will be very familiar to you. I walk around town using open wifi with O2-Ireland and Three.ie, simply swiping and tapping through dozens of pieces of information. This is not Flipboard. It's not as visually pleasing as Pocket. But for my Kindle eyes, these lists of headlines, tweets and deep links works a charm. A simple tap opens the entire article. A twisty lets me send the item to Instapaper, Evernote, or Pocket where I can add the item to a slide deck for an upcoming creative multimedia lecture in the Limerick Institute of Technology.
All the standard starring, sharing, and keeping unread functions are where you expect them to be.
I wonder if I'll still be a regular iReader in another four years' time or whether I'll be taking news only through apps.
Bernie Goldbach curates links about newsfeeds.