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Techie Tip of the Week: 5 Alternatives to Google Reader

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Recently, Google announced that they are discontinuing their free online RSS reader, Google Reader.

What to do? Here are 5 alternatives to meet your RSS needs:

  1. Did you like the version of Google Reader that existed when they launched the product back in 2005? If so, you’ll love The Old Reader. As they say on their website, “it’s just like the old Google Reader, only better”!
  2. Want a simple, clean interface displaying your favorite news articles in a simple, easy-to-view and easy-to-update reader? Skimr may be just what you need and want.
  3. Feedly is a great alternative to Google Reader that works on all platforms — Desktop, Tablet, and Phone. Try it out at: 
  4. Another great alternative that works on all platforms is Pulse. Try it out at:
  5. Most modern email programs also allow you to view and subscribe to RSS feeds:


Techie Tip of the Week: Google’s Voice Search

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Google Voice Search, a feature of the Google Search app, allows you to speak a search query instead of typing.

Similar in function to Apple’s personal assistant Siri, Google Voice Search is available on both Android and iOS devices.


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Techie Tip of the Week: Automate Gmail Using Filters

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Last year, we talked about automating the handling of your email by setting up rules using Apple Mail, Outlook, and Stanford Email (Zimbra).

This week, since many are moving to Gmail (undergraduate students were migrated over the summer, and some departments have converted to Gmail), we thought we’d cover how to do a similar function in Gmail.

Filters are rules that you can set up that are applied you open your mail. For example, you can set up a rule to automatically shunt all email from your supervisor into a special label. Or suppose you want all email from your favorite email distribution list to be starred automatically. Or automatically archive or delete email messages. Filters can do that automatically for you!

To set up a filter in Gmail:

  1. Click the Gear icon (located in the upper right corner of the Gmail window) and select Settings.
  2. Click Filters.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of your screen and click Create a new filter.
  4. Enter your filter conditions and criteria.For example, to create a filter to isolate all of the email from your boss, put the boss’s email address in the From field.Or to filter out all the email messages in your account with the word  “widget”, enter “widget” in the Has the words field.

    Then, click Create filter with this search.

  5. Select the desired action.To have the filter also use email that is currently in your Inbox (as opposed to just email that will come in after you create the filter), click Also apply filter to matching conversations.For example, to have messages that meet the criteria chosen in step 4 be automatically starred, the label boss applied to them, and automatically marked as important, check the appropriate checkbox.
  6. Click Create filter to finalize the filter.