Syndicated news feeds are a way of supplying news directly to a reader, without the need for a browser although there are browser based method available for viewing them. In modern times they can also be "consumed" by other sites to show related news in one place and to provide what is known as "mash-ups".
What is RSS?
RSS, is a way of delivering content efficiently, and is quickly becoming the defacto standard for providing information on most major websites such as the BBC. The information provided by RSS can be consumed and read like a normal newspaper, or utilised as content on other websites.
RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community sites like Slashdot, and personal weblogs. But it's not just for news. Pretty much anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated via RSS: the "recent changes" page of a wiki, a changelog of CVS checkins, even the revision history of a book. Once information about each item is in RSS format, an RSS-aware program can check the feed for changes and react to the changes in an appropriate way.
By subscribing to an RSS feed you are able to stay up to date with the latest additions to a website via it's "feed" without having to visit the website. This also helps the website by reducing bandwidth costs, and saves time for the user too.
What is a Podcast?
A Podcast is in principle an advancement of an RSS feed. In more detail, a Podcast can be seen as an RSS feed with an attached MP3 audio file that could be a recorded "radio show", and is playable in most media players.
Podcasting is a term used to describe a collection of technologies for automatically distributing audio programs over the Internet using a publisher/subscriber model.
How can I subscribe?
There are a large number of RSS readers (also known as aggregators) both online and in the form of downloadable applications which can be used to read RSS feeds and listen to (or watch) podcasts. Personally I use Google Reader for RSS feeds, and iTunes for Podcasts.
- Outlook 2007
- Mail.app (OS X 10.5 onwards)
- Internet Explorer 7 (and onwards)
- Mozilla Firefox
- Vienna (Mac only)
- Google Reader (Browser based)
- FeedDemon (Windows only)
- Bloglines (Browser based)
What can I subscribe to?
The following RSS feeds are available from this site:
News and Articles Coverage of all news items, and articles as they appear on the New Earth Online homepage.
News Coverage of all news items as they appear on the New Earth Online homepage.
Articles Reviews, guides, and technical information published here.
Comments A feed showing what people have to say about articles and news items posted on this site.
Events Coverage of all upcoming events as listed on the New Earth Online events section.