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1. Feedly

The appeal that I have with Feedly is the way it keeps some of the same Google Reader aspects, e.g. how the reader works and handles content consumption. Feedly is well-organized in terms of allowing you to personalize the application to fit your content consumption patterns while still making it easy to quickly jump into the “Today” tab and catch up on the hot stories of the day.

One important aspect of Feedly that I enjoy is that it is cross-platform compatible. You can find Feedly on most mobile devices and well known browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. From now until July 1st, Feedly’s use of Google Reader’s API will make for a great transition; however, with the reader having its own system created by then, chances are the amazing Feedly app will become even better.

2. The Old Reader

The Old Reader is an RSS reader that comes with a great design reminiscent of Google Reader.

The Old Reader allows you to browse the day’s content and even makes sharing the content easy and seamless.

3. Pulse

4. NetVibes

NetVibes is a Google Reader alternative that ups the ante on content consumption. The website can look a little scary in the beginning; but as you explore deeper, you will find that it offers much more things than just being a RSS reader.

The basic, free version provides you with the ability to keep up with not only all of the news that you want to absorb through RSS feeds, but also the content that comes from social media. With desktop and mobile versions available as well, NetVibes gives you a deeper look and a more personal view of the content that matters to you.

5. Flipboard

Flipboard is a tried and tested RSS reader that is self-denoted as the “social magazine”. For iOS and Android users, Flipboard mixes the content that you care about from your personal life (social networks) and the greater news sources and provides you with a magazine-like application with a beautiful design to match.

It is amazing how the service is able, for free, to provide your mundane social media feed in a format that matches the important news stories of the day. Flipboard isn’t gesture-packed, meaning the learning curve is short (a good thing, allowing for more time to use, less time having to figure out). You simply flip to view multiple pages and tap to view the feed you want in detail. “Cover Stories” provides you with the top news of the day. While it is mobile only, features like a search function allow it to be a competitive contender to alternatives to Google Reader.

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Ari Simon

Ari Simon has been a writer with Make Tech Easier since August 2011. Ari loves anything related to technology and social media. When Ari isn’t working, he enjoys traveling and trying out the latest tech gadget.

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6 Feed Readers To Replace The Google Reader Void

So July 1st is looming in the distance with gray clouds hanging heavy and your anxiety is building as to what you’re going to do the day the Reader dies. No one really knows why.

Well, you have options! Everything is going to be okay! Here are the top 6 best ways to get your RSS Reader fix and come to terms with the loss of Google Reader, plus a readers digest on the best option and why. Whatever your grieving process, you’ll be happy you read this:

1) Digg

Ready and poised to take Google Readers place, Digg is set to launch their reader the day Google’s goes down. Yes, I did say chúng tôi and no, Digg isn’t dead. Not only are they expecting to take that coveted place but they plan on doing it better. The plan is to incorporate social media aspects that Google decided to nix from their reader. Social media today runs the internet. It’s the best way to determine what people are really interested in and Digg plans to use this as a filter system.

The only problem is that they’ll be in Beta until the giant falls so we don’t really know what exactly we’re getting. Keep in mind though that Digg is looking to make a social comeback to the forefront of what once was their domain.

If the interface is similar to their Pinterest-like news home page, I think I’ll take it! I find this format easy to consume, with large headlines, an excerpt, and easy access to “read more”. And if social shares is well integrated, this would be a fabulous solution.

2) The Old Reader

Please forgive their name, for they know not what they’ve done. The Old Reader is designed in homage to Google, but much like Digg has decided to integrate social media so you can see what your friends think about the same things you’re reading. You’ll be able to transfer subscriptions, find friends via Facebook or Google contacts, and they’re even working on a mobile app so you always stay tapped in.

The downside? Their name really.

3) Feedly

I’ve yet to hear of a downside to using Feedly. As a matter of fact I’ve only heard of one: If the Feedly server is down then you can’t access the reader. How often is that really going to happen though?

It only took me minutes to get up and running with Feedly. I also love their apps, as I tend to consume most of my RSS feeds on my mobile. I’m pretty impressed, and excited to see how Feedly improves once they reach larger audiences.

4) NewsBlur

You can opt for either the paid or free account on this one depending on just how much freedom you want. If you want everything unlimited then you’re going to want to shell out the twenty-four bucks, at least to try it out for a year. If you’d rather not pay then you’ll just have to deal with being limited to twelve subscriptions.

What’s nice is that when you’re viewing each article you can see them on the original site, much like with StumbleUpon. If that makes no difference to you though, NewsBlur is a good option because you can curate the content onto your own blurblog, and organize the content that you really liked vs. what you don’t, similar to the starring system Google Reader had.

Here’s an example of the view. I have to confess I prefer the sleek, clean interface that I’m used to with Google Reader. I, for one, don’t think I’ll be spending too much time on NewsBlur.

5) Bloglines

A well established reader Bloglines has it’s place in the reader hall of fame. Why is this reader awesome? Because you can make your feed location specific, widgets help you organize and optimize your use, and it’s super easy to sync your current subscriptions so that you don’t lose anything.

What I really don’t like about Bloglines is when you switch to the reader format from the widget format it opens in, it looks very similar to an inbox. Google Reader is a great app in that you can see the bold headlines and a snippet of the article. For those who enjoy visual displays, you can change your view to an image based view.

Personally … I prefer to consume my news in a text format. It’s easier for me to scan and quickly figure out the meaning of the content.

Bloglines is definitely up there in my list of Google Reader replacements.

6) Yahoo Pipes

Quite possibly the best option available for SEO and anyone in online marketing because it allows you to filter to your heart’s content, something not easily done on other readers. I’m talking down to the most minute detail. This ability to synthesize only what you really want to see from the multitude, maybe 500+ feeds your subscribed to, is a godsend if you’re using this for content curation, as well as to spur the creative machine when coming up with your next article.

Using Yahoo Pipes you can create feeds and filter them by keywords, or you can get very sophisticated and create RegEx filters of social media searches or trending topics.

The downside is that the reader itself is hideous. Once you switch out of the pipe like filtering tool and into the reader of your compiled articles it’s difficult to process the information. You can access Pipes through MyYahoo but you’re confined to a 150×150 slot that looks a lot like an inbox. What I love about Yahoo Pipes? I can create an RSS feed of my filtered RSS newsfeed.

So What’s the Verdict?

Reading RSS feeds is such a key element of an online marketers life; through RSS feeds I stay on top of industry news, follow what other industry leaders are doing, and discover content to share through my social feeds. Finding a strong replacement is essential!

For now, I’m getting ready to use a combination of Yahoo Pipes and Feedly. Pipes give you the options to create an RSS Feed of your filtered subscriptions. Absolutely brilliant. So a great option is to subscribe to everything your heart desires on Pipes, then subscribe to that feed via Feedly, which hands down is the best option for those of us who have been battling addiction with Google Reader.

You get the best of both worlds, an aesthetically pleasing and functional reader as well as a fabulous filtration system that can pinpoint all the information you want to focus on no matter the industry.

Until Digg releases what it claims to be as the beast of readers, my final verdict is to opt for a diabolical combo of Pipes and Feedly.

5 Best Truecrypt Alternatives To Safeguard Your Data

That said, maybe it is a good time to seek alternatives for TrueCrypt so that we won’t be left in the wild without any protection. Here are some of the best free and premium encryption software that can be used as TrueCrypt alternatives.

Note: We won’t be discussing Windows BitLocker or the Apple’s FileVault 2 here as they are bundled with the operating system and cannot be installed separately.

1. Symantec Drive Encryption

Symantec drive encryption is probably the best drive encryption software if you are into premium products. In fact, Symantec is the leading provider in the encryption market with easy to use interface and strong encryption technologies. Just as other proprietary encryption software, Symantec drive encryption is also closed source but comes with lot of features like strong PGP encryption, local policy management, reduced data loss, resource management, etc.

That said, the main strength of Symantec drive encryption comes from its easy administration and as of now, it supports PC, Linux (command-line only) and Mac environments. If you don’t mind spending a few bucks in the name of safety, SDE would be a good choice.

2. DiskCryptor

DiskCryptor is just like TrueCrypt, open-source and free file and drive encryption software with all the whistles and bells you will ever need. Just like in TrueCrypt, DiskCrypror can encrypt any of your files, system drives and other external devices like CD’s and thumb drives. Moreover, DiskCryptor can encrypt your data with different encryption algorithms like AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), Twofish, Serpent and also uses a combination of cascaded algorithms for increased security. If you are previously using TrueCrypt for your encryption purposes, then DiskCryptor is the closest free option available with active development and support.

The only bad thing about DiskCryptor is that it is Windows only software. i.e, DiskCryptor doesn’t support Linux or Mac platforms.

3. VeraCrypt

VeraCrypt is most probably a true replacement for TrueCrypt as it is developed based on TrueCrypt by IDRIX. Even though it is based on TrueCrypt and has the same features and user interface, IDRIX certainly increased the security enhancements by increasing the number of iterations per encryption. Of course, the downside of increased security is that the read and write time is now longer than that of TrueCrypt. Just like TrueCrypt, VeraCrypt supports different encryption algorithms like AES, Twofish, Serpent, and a combination of these algorithms.

That said, the only bad thing about VeraCrypt is that it is incompatible with the TrueCrypt storage formats.

4. BoxCryptor

BoxCryptor is another encryption software which comes in both free and premium versions. BoxCryptor is a file based on the fly encryption software which supports AES – 256 and RSA encryption technologies. The best part of BoxCryptor is that it supports many cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, etc., so that it can encrypt all the data before uploading it to your favorite cloud storage service. Apart from their cloud storage support and strong encryption algorithms, BoxCryptor is cross-platform and supports PC, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS platforms.

5. AxCrypt

If you want a simple encryption software to encrypt a bunch of files, then AxCrypt will be a good choice.

Conclusion

If you are a TrueCrypt user for a long time, then DiskCryptor is probably the best alternative. However, if you love, and want to retain the TrueCrypt’s user interface, then Veracrypt is the closest you can get.

Which of the above TrueCrypt alternatives are you using now? Did we miss out on another encryption software? Do share your thoughts and experiences below.

Vamsi Krishna

Vamsi is a tech and WordPress geek who enjoys writing how-to guides and messing with his computer and software in general. When not writing for MTE, he writes for he shares tips, tricks, and lifehacks on his own blog Stugon.

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5 Advertising Alternatives That Bypass Ad Blockers

Ad block usage is on the rise. In their most recent report, PageFair found that 198 million people worldwide now use ad blocking software—representing a 41% increase year over year. Though that number only represents 6% of the global internet population, estimated global revenue loss as a result of ad blocking proclivity was $21.8 billion in 2024—14% of the global ad spend. In 2024, that number is expected to inflate to a startling $41.4 billion.

1. Native Advertising

2. Sponsored Content

One of the best examples in recent years is the New York Times’ article “The Surprising Cost of Not Taking a Vacation” (sponsored by MasterCard). MasterCard’s logo and the permalink URL extension “paid post” makes it hard to miss that this is an ad, but the content is well-written, well-researched, and exceedingly informative.

3. Interstitial Ads

4. Email/Newsletter Advertising

5. In-Stream and Video Overlay Ads

The Only Permanent Solution

The truth is that all of the above bypasses actually address symptoms—they don’t cure the real problem. If we subject our consumers to more of the same content that they’re trying to escape from, we’re more likely to alienate them before we convert them.

All of our digital content has always been at the whim and mercy of our consumers. We tailor headlines to capture their attention, we carefully monitor length and brevity to best convey our messages, and we’ve even exhaustively studied where consumer attention lingers on a webpage to maximize design and on-page SEO. We do this to better understand and appeal to our consumers.

As JR Little from Carat writes, “Instead of trying to regulate ad blockers out of our industry, why don’t we innovate around them? Make them irrelevant by outsmarting them. In the end, our work will be more effective and more interesting as a result.”

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5 Best Afterpay Alternatives To Shop Now And Pay Later

If you’re an avid online shopper, you may have noticed or even used a service called Afterpay. This is a company that partners with online retailers to give their customers the option to pay for their product in increments over a certain period of time.

Afterpay isn’t actually the only service like this out there, though. There are quite a few others which offer a similar way to pay for your online buys. These services have some different features than Afterpay does, so if you enjoy using that but are wondering what else is out there, it’d be worth it to look into these other companies. 

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So here are the best Afterpay alternatives to use while you shop.

This pay later service is very useful as you can use it with any store that accepts Visa, not just specific partners with the company. This means you can do four payment installments on nearly any purchase online. 

This service works by essentially giving you your own card through Quadpay, which you can then use to pay for your purchases. Then, through the app, you can pay it back over a six-week period. You can also use this card for in-store purchases by using it with your Apple or Google wallet.

This payment method is also interest-free, meaning you won’t have any added charges for using the service, you simply just pay for what you bought. 

If you need a more flexible payment schedule, Affirm allows you to choose in what time span you pay for your purchases. You can choose to use Affirm at checkout with the retail partners using the service. This includes stores like Walmart, Target, Adidas, and more. 

Affirm is a bit different than other Afterpay alternatives, as it does charge interest, though it is simple interest as opposed to compound interest. So you’ll know exactly how much you’ll need to pay up front, and that amount won’t change over time. 

You also won’t get charged any late fees or penalties if you forget to make payments. Especially for larger purchases, Affirm is a good choice. 

Sezzle is very similar to the other pay later services in that it splits up payments into four increments over six weeks. It’s also interest-free, and you can get up to three rescheduled payments per order to maximize flexibility with your payments. 

However, Sezzle does charge fees in certain situations if you don’t complete a payment on time, or on your second or third rescheduled payment. It’s a good service to use, however, to shop with small and large businesses as well as businesses that may not already be partnered with Afterpay. 

Klarna is used with lots of large online retailers, such as Amazon, H&M, and Adidas, among others. You can use the Klarna app as well to easily search through every store available to buy from. This service works the same as many of the others, as you pay in four interest-free increments over time. 

With Klarna, you pay every two weeks, for a total of eight weeks if you make each payment on time. You also only need to start paying 30 days after you receive the product, so you can decide whether you want to return what you bought. Klarna also has a financing service you can use for larger payments, and pay back within 6-36 months. 

Klarna is a great alternative to Afterpay in that it has many of the same features, and is used with many large businesses so that you can use the service almost anywhere. It also has a feature similar to Quadpay that allows you to use the service in-store by giving you a one-time card in your Apple or Google wallet, and then pay for your purchase in four increments afterwards. 

Splitit has many retail partners that you can shop at and then use their service to pay in the same 4-payment increment system used by other pay later services. With Splitit, you use your existing credit or debit card and connect it to the service so that you can then pay by installments. This is also another interest-free option. There are also no late fees with Splitit. 

So with Splitit, anywhere that you can use a Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card, you can use this service. That means it will work nearly anywhere. It’s a good option aside from Afterpay if there is a store you want to buy from that others aren’t partnered with already. 

Using Buy Now Pay Later Services

These services are great Afterpay alternatives to make purchases you may not otherwise be able to, or to be able to spread out payments over time to fit your budget. Especially since many of them have little to no interest, you don’t need to worry about any accumulating debt. 

With all these options, it’s now possible to use the pay later method for virtually anything you want to buy, either online or in-store. Just make sure you follow the correct method for each service and you’ll be enjoying your new purchases in no time. 

5 Of The Best Vine Alternatives To Share Your Videos

Vine was a short-video sharing service, allowing users to upload looping video clips approximately six seconds long. Created in 2012, Vine was later acquired by Twitter for an estimated $30 million.

Despite initially being on the forefront of the emerging video sharing market, Vine was overshadowed by other applications. Vine’s lack of innovation led to slow growth, leaving shareholders unable to justify high operating costs. As a result, on October 27 Twitter announced that they would be discontinuing Vine “in the coming months.”

With Vine enthusiasts lamenting the death of the social media platform, the question remains: where do they go from here? Luckily, there are plenty of other apps that are more than happy to take in Vine refugees.

Twitter

Twitter was built around a simple caveat, Tweets could not exceed 140 characters. At first, pictures and videos were difficult to embed into tweets. Branching out into multimedia was obviously part of Twitter’s game plan, as they acquired Vine before it even went public.

However, user demand prompted Twitter to evolve. Now users can post images as well as videos ranging from two seconds to 180 seconds in length. Since Twitter owns Vine, the ability to add short-form videos to Tweets essentially makes Vine redundant, hence why it is going away.

Instagram

Instagram came on the scene back in 2010 as a photo-sharing social media platform. Since then, Instagram has exploded in popularity, surpassing 500 million users in 2024. Originally limited to photos, Instagram integrated video sharing in 2013. However, there were a number of limitations, including a fifteen-second duration and fixed resolution.

Coub

Coub calls itself the best Vine alternative on the market, and they may be right. The app emulates the principles of Vine while incorporating welcome enhancements. Coub allows users to make ten-second video loops from YouTube, gifs, your camera library, and even existing Vines. In addition, you can add a soundtrack from your own MP3 collection or audio from YouTube.

Videos created with Coub can be horizontal, vertical, widescreen, any format you choose. Coub also supports HD which means that your clips will remain in its uncompressed native resolution.

Tout

Tout has touted (sorry) itself as a “video reporter application,” which is a fancy way of saying it allows you to share video clips on the go. Videos can be published on a personal website, various social media profiles and the app simultaneously.

Snapchat

Best known as the app that allows users to share self destructing pictures to others, Snapchat has evolved over time into a social media heavyweight. Snapchat’s popularity soared, despite the idea of temporary photos being somewhat curious. Earlier this year Snapchat’s number of daily users surpassed Twitter. By incorporating the ability to shoot video as well as various post-editing tools, Snapchat is proving it has legs and is gunning for the big boys.

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