App of the Week – Byline

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If you subscribe to numerous RSS feeds there are literally dozens of feed readers out there. As a Google user (Google, gmail, iGoogle, Google Plus) I use Google Reader because, like everything coming from Google these days, it’s simple and works like it should. No fuss, no muss.

When I’m sitting in an airport or coffee shop with some time to kill and no desire to break out my laptop I use a mobile app called Byline. Byline uses my Google Reader account and automatically brings content to my mobile and puts all the RSS and Atom feeds I subscribe too at my fingertips. It works offline too so if there’s no Internet connection you can still access and read complete web pages. Perfect for flights and other periods between Wi-Fi zones.

Byline works fast and it loads quickly. My feeds get syned so the newest ones are always at the top and it has a article star feature so you can come back to read favoured articles later and find them quickly.


  • Two-way syncing with your Google Reader feeds, folders, starred items and notes.
  • Integration with Twitter, Instapaper, and Read It Later.
  • Navigate between items quickly with a simple swipe gesture.
  • View up to 1000 items when you’re offline, including embedded images.
  • Offline browsing lets you access complete web pages linked to by your feeds.
  • Automatic caching uses statistical analysis to selectively cache web pages for feeds with truncated content.
  • Star items and mark as read/unread in bulk or one-by-one.
  • Mark all as read with an intuitive one-touch gesture.
  • Built-in web browser for online and offline browsing.
  • Share items and create notes from any web page.
  • Send full articles by email.

Byline is free at the App Store.

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