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News feeds are often called RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds and allow you to see when websites have added new content. This may be a news story, a document update, a new video or picture, or any other item of content that interests you.
RSS Feeds allow you to get all the latest content as soon as it’s published without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.
OK, you will need one of the following to read RSS feeds:
Modern web browser
Most modern browsers, including Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome automatically check for feeds when you visit a website, and display the orange RSS icon when they find one. Many of them allow you to add RSS feeds as a browser favourite or bookmark folder, automatically updating them with the latest content.
Web-based news reader
Web-based news readers check feeds and displays any new articles that have been added. They let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, making this option useful if you want to access the feeds from multiple computers or devices.
Desktop news reader
Some email software allows you to read RSS feeds, Microsoft Outlook, for example. In addition, there is dedicated news reader software available that you can download and install on your computer.
There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. Go to Google and research 'RSS readers' to find out which is best for you.
Different news readers work on different operating systems and in different browsers so it would be difficult for us to recommend one for you. Go to either the Windows or Mac websites to access advice on which one will work with your computer and browser.
Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. Simply click on one of the links on the left of this page to start this process.
So, for example, if you want to subscribe to an RSS feed of job vacancies click on the 'Vacancies' link. You will go to a page asking what reader you want to subscribe with. Click and you'll be set up.