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Yesterday, I got an email about the newest update to NewsBar, a simple Mac RSS ticker app. It just got updated with iCloud sync — a custom-built iCloud sync that uses a custom file format and iCloud's document sync instead of the less reliable database sync. It does its own native RSS subscriptions, then syncs your subscriptions, starred posts, and read status over iCloud between your Macs and the iPhone app.
And you know what? It actually works great. Despite iCloud's sync issues, it works as reliably here as it does in most text editors. Check out the full review on Mac.AppStorm for the whole scoop, but if you're looking for a simple RSS reader that runs directly on your Mac or iPhone without needing another web service, it's a great option.
Want an awesome text editor in your browser? Then you've got to check out Oak Outliner, the newest project from Hog Bay Software. It's awesome … but best of all, it points to a new future of amazing text-powered web apps.
Check out my full review on Web.AppStorm. Oak Outliner is fun - and terribly useful - today, but I for one can't wait to see what's next.
Go take 10 minutes and watch this video made from an excerpted portion of author David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College. Then make a reminder in your todo list to watch it again a year from now.
It's nothing like what you're expecting, but everything you need to hear right now.
Really. You won't regret it.
…also, I don't know what it is with commencement speeches, but the best of them — say, Steve Job's Stanford Commencement Address, which is another must watch that's oddly also from 2005 — could easily rival the best TED talks, ever. Any day.
Gmail has dropped its free apps plan — though you can still get a single email account through a workaround. And still, there's always that little thing about trusting Google with so much of our online lives, even if you did want to pay.
The good thing is, there's a lot of other options. Atmail Cloud is a nice option, as is Microsoft's new hosted Exchange with Office 365 for Businesses. There's a ton of options that I run through in this new roundup at Web.AppStorm. Check out the full roundup there if you're looking for a new place for your emails.
I'm looking forward to giving Office 365 for Business a shot sometime soon, myself.