Everyone at Mac360 is a big fan of RSS readers. There’s no better, faster, easier, less expensive, time saving way to rummage through dozens of websites.
An RSS reader can save you a bunch of time and becomes a single source of recent news articles. There’s just one problem. Even though you can select which website’s RSS feeds to view, you still have to wade through all their recent articles to get the ones you want to read. That’s about to change thanks to a little artificial intelligence.
Who Monitors Monitors?
If you don’t mind free and you don’t mind someone else doing the news shopping for you, then you’re likely to enjoy– for awhile– Ahoy News. It’s a modern Mac RSS news reader with a different perspective. Think of what you’d get if an RSS reader met artificial intelligence.
That’s Ahoy News. It’s an up-to-the-minute RSS reader with a variety of RSS feeds from a growing number of news sites. The claim to fame here is that Ahoy News uses some built-in guidelines to eliminate rubbish articles from the feeds.
You know the kind. Headlines from those sensationalist news sites– Yahoo! and Facebook, I’m looking at you– are deleted before they get displayed on your Mac’s screen.
Have you seen headlines like these?
Blah blah blah. What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind
You Won’t Believe What She Did!
By applying a bit of artificial intelligence Ahoy News cultivates the news for you so you don’t have to waste time looking at link bait headlines that grab your attention but don’t provide much that’s worth reading.
What you get in Ahoy News is a simple, straightforward RSS news reader with the list of articles in the left sidebar. Click on an article’s headline and summary and you get the entire article in the main window.
Ahoy News has a few good things going for it beyond the cultivated news you’re allowed to see. There’s fullscreen support so news can take over your Mac’s whole screen. And, articles can be shared on Twitter or Facebook, or opened up in Safari to view the whole website page. That’s because the Ahoy News RSS reader works more like Safari’s built-in Reader View which displays the headline, the article and a photo.
Here’s the worst thing about Ahoy News.
You cannot control which website RSS news feeds to subscribe to, or, if you can, the controls are not exactly easy to find. I could drag and drop a webpage onto Ahoy News, but the RSS feed wouldn’t stick. Also, there’s no way to search on the app or save a website’s RSS subscription link.
That means you’re stuck with whatever news feeds come with the app. I don’t mind that Ahoy News uses some form of background artificial intelligence to curate the news and rid the list of annoying link bait headlines, but I want and need more controls over which news feeds are displayed, and having some control over the curation and cultivation process would be a big plus.
Otherwise, it’s news for free.