People don’t read beyond the surface and dig into substance. Facts give way to sensationalism. It’s just too easy to flip through dozens of news, information, and entertainment articles and learn nothing along the way. How can you avoid that trap? Caffeinated.
Brewing Up The Details
Mac360 has long been an advocated of RSS; the website subscription technology that brings news, information, entertainment, and thoughtful, insightful opinions direct to you.
Here’s the problem. RSS doesn’t get much respect in the era of Flipboard and the silo farm of news apps for iPhone and iPad.
Caffeinated is the Mac app that aims to buck the trend of sensationalism sans substance by delivering your personally curated news fix to the Mac’s screen.
This app is representative of a new breed of RSS subscription reader apps based on Google Reader. Grab the RSS subscriptions of your choice, sync it all up with Google Reader, and get the information you want, when you want, and in the detail you need to be a more informed citizen.
Caffeinated doesn’t blaze new ground, but gives you quick access to your RSS subscriptions. Click to view headlines. Click again to view the details.
You won’t even need to fire up Safari or Chrome or Firefox.
Caffeinated comes with plenty of webpage browsing space so you get the whole story, and not just a misleading headline.
Think about how advantageous this news gathering and ingesting model is to your mental well being.
You control what gets synchronized to your Mac, so you’re effectively the news curator.
Caffeinated simply collects what you want to read and dishes out headlines, summary and full on details.
The app is modern, too, and supports social sharing to Facebook, Twitter, and email. Bookmarking? Got it. And you can save articles for other services when you’re on the go– Instapaper, Pocket, and Delicious.
Apple ripped RSS out of Safari, and the Mac masses are not better informed for it. But Caffeinated took the Reader function in Safari and uses something similar to make reading easier (sans visual noise, ads, graphics).
As decent as Caffeinated is, I have a few issues. It loves your Mac’s RAM and that means battery drain on MacBooks. Because it’s married to Google Reader, Google knows what you read and when. If you don’t mind less eye candy, try NetNewsWire or Vienna. Both are free and less demanding. If you don’t choose Caffeinated, use a caffeinated beverage while reading and you’ll retain more facts.