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Until recent times it was difficult to find the most current news and updates from various sources. One of the most revolutionary technological advancement in internet is the RSS/Atom feeds.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format for sharing content among different websites. Sites can syndicate “feeds” (content) and Internet users can use an application called an RSS reader or aggregator to download feeds.

Source: www.ipowerweb.com/editorial-library/EDL-glossary.html

There are more than 16 websites I use to keep myself update on topics relating to Technology, Health Care, Management, Politics, Current Affairs and Science.

I use Google Reader to act as an aggregator to retrieve web content from various websites.

An aggregator or news aggregator or feed reader is a client software that uses web feed to retrieve syndicated web content.

I am listing the most frequently read feeds which I use. I use the OPML markup language to display the feeds I subscribe to.

Attachment Link: Subscriptions in OPML format

I also use the Google Desktop Web Clips gadget (Sidebar view) to view news from the web pages I visit and RSS/Atom feeds. This way I do not have to open any additional browser and check for updates. It automatically refreshes the news as and when updated.

Technology has made our lives simpler. We should make the most optimum use of the technical resources we are offered, thus allowing us a better networked living.

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