RSS Talk

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Description of App: 

RSS Talk helps you keep up with the web's top news stories. RSS Talk finds the stories you wish you had time to read and converts them to audio in real time. It's an easy way to keep up with your favorite topics in the car, gym, train or anywhere!

Features Include:

  1. Pre-loaded with some of the best RSS feeds on the web
  2. Ability to add your own custom RSS feeds
  3. Listen to just the news summary, or turn on full article playback to hear the entire story
  4. Continuous background playback
  5. Adjustable speech speed

Keeping up with the latest news stories has become nearly impossible with all the increasing demands for our attention. Now you can listen and stay current while getting ready for work in the morning, sitting in a traffic jam, walking on the treadmill, or just doing chores around the house. Since RSS Talk reads news stories to you in the background, you don't have to stop your life to keep up with the rest of the world.

Version: 

1.0

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 4

Accessibility Comments: 

Mostly accessible.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

Found this to be in the category with Vocalyze and Voice Brief. Voice Brief is still my favorite of the three. Some buttons are not labeled but are easy to figure out what they are for. The description says there is a way to just read the article name only or/and read the article. This part is tough to figure out. I get confused in how to do htis correctly. Very weird in how the interface works. There is a short list button which reads the article name but if I click this again it will expand out but to have this read to me is not easy to master. Couldn't figure it out myself in how to easily to do this. So if you try this let me know how you did it. I do like the fact it comes with a good selection of RSS Feeds to choose from. I also like the fact I can manually add feeds myself to the list. Unlike how Voice Brief works is that Voice Brief pulls the last xx number of articles to read. This only pulls the feeds in the past xx hours. I wish something would just pull the number of feeds since I last checked it. Vocalyze is nice but very limited in what RSS Feeds you can listen to but there is no hassle to figure out which mode to read it in because it only gives you the entire articles. So that where RSS Talk fits in between Vocalyze and Voice Brief. Voice Brief is beautiful in it's sounds and transistion pages. It included your weather, twitter, and facebook. This RSS Talk nor Vocalyze does that. It is a paid app and how it was designed. The difficulty I had with it. I have to pick Voice Brief over this. However, I like this better than Voacalyze.