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News Feeds

What are news feeds?
How can I use them?
How do I get a news reader?
News feeds related to terrorism and preparedness

What are News Feeds?

News feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You get the latest headlines, music or video in one place, as soon as its published, without having to visit the websites that provides the feed.

Feeds are also known as RSS, commonly thought to stand for 'Really Simple Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

How do I start using feeds?

You need a news reader to use a news feed. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.

Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Gmail.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. For example, if you would like the latest TPDRC annoucements, simply visit the Announcements page and you will notice an orange button at the top, titled "subscribe to TPDRC". If you click on the RSS button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader. Most sites that offer feeds use a similar orange button, but some may just have a normal web link.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check their websites.

How do I get a news reader?

There is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to choose one that will work with your computer.

News feeds related to terrorism and preparedness:

Google News related to Terrorism Terrorism - Google News
Buzztracker--NewsVisualizaton feed Buzztracker - World New Mapped
Google News related to Terrorism Preparedness - Google News
Topix News Feed for Terrorism Topix Terrorism Wire

TPDRC has also created an aggregated feed news feeds, accessed via the Yahoo Pipes! service. The feed is updated upon every page visit. The Yahoo Pipe may not always function in a reliable or timely manner. View aggregated news.