June 08, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

Short for ?Really Simple Syndication?, RSS is an information feed, which often consists of a list of headlines from a website. For instance, you can get a feed of the daily headlines from EW.com’s blog PopWatch — with a link on each headline to the article.

To create your own customized page where you can receive RSS feeds from EW.com and hundreds of other sources across the Web, you need a dedicated RSS ?aggregator? or reader software. Some readers run on your desktop and behave much like common e-mail software, while others are Web-based.

Because feeds automatically update as stories are added, you can stay in touch with many different sources of news and information without revisiting sites to check for updates. Here are some feed readers that you might try.


Desktop software:

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