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Oct 19, 2007

RSS Feeds Your Friend on the iPhone

A quick tip I thought I should share with iPhone users out there. Although an iPhone can surf "real" web pages, in practice this can often be slow and frustrating. The problem seems to have more to do with Flash advertisements timing out than actual bandwidth issues with Wifi or the Edge network. Many web pages simply won't finish loading.

The solution, bookmark links to RSS and Atom URLs in Safari. That way, you can peruse the information, and pick only the stories you really want to read. The iPhone Safari browser has an RSS reader built in. It actually displays the stories in a very readable font and makes the scanning of stories very convenient.

You can actually manage the bookmarks using the Safari browser on the computer you are syncing your iPhone with. It took me a while to figure this out as it wasn't obvious to me that the bookmark syncing was taking place. But once you know that, it is very easy to surf the web with Safari on your Mac or PC and manage the bookmarks from there. Beats the heck out of trying to type on that tiny keyboard. It also makes the iPhone much faster and more useful while waiting in line at Starbucks.

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