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What are news feeds?

News feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest updates in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.

Feeds are also known as RSS. There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people plump for "Really Simple Syndication". In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

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How do I start using news feeds?

In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added.

There are many different news readers, some of which are accessed using a browser (Internet Explorer 7, Firefox, Safari, Opera…), and some of which are downloadable applications.

Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer.

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Subscribe to news feeds

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive and then subscribe to that content. Subscription is entirely free of charge.

If you click on the RSS news feed button (RSS News feeeds) you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one.

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How do I get a news reader?

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.

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