Hypersonic UWP and Newsblur

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I was a huge fan of Google Reader back in the day, a way of auto-gathering tech stories from around the web in seconds. And then Google killed it. Happily rival news gathering site Feedly stepped up to the plate, making itself a close enough clone that many Google Reader fans simply hopped over to Feedly (and various clients on Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile, including FeedLab UWP) - that was four years ago, yet I should acknowledge that there are plenty of alternatives. Not least Newsblur, which is very well thought of, a genuine Feedly competitor. It works well via the web and Edge. But it has, I've noticed, also acquired a third party UWP client, Hypersonic, featured here.

From the Store description for Hypersonic:

The first NewsBlur client designed exclusively for Windows 10. Hypersonic is clean, simple, beautiful, and designed to run across both mobile and desktop devices.

  • Two-way synchronization with NewsBlur: synchronize your site subscriptions, mark articles as read/unread, and star articles for later reading.
  • Beautiful, clean user interface that adapts to every device
  • Fast and fluid reading experience: swipe left and right to flip through articles, and easily open the full version of the article either inside the app, or in your web browser.
  • Easily share articles with friends with built-in sharing support
  • Live tile support, showing total unread count and article headlines.

Sounds good. Here's Hypersonic in action:

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Defaulting to a light theme, somewhat wastefully on typical AMOLED-screened W10M phones, though in fairness most PC/tablet use will favour this light look; (right) the opening hamburger navigation after signing into my (somewhat fledgling) Newsblur account. All very clear.

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My first stop was Settings (on the '...' menu) though, to fix the theme. Here's Hypersonic now in Dark themed mode - phew! (right) Hypersonic's presentation of Newsblur's curation of all my RSS news feeds, most recent first, as they should be.

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Tapping on a headline shows the body text from the appropriate RSS feed, though you can also (see toggle, top right) switch Hypersonic into a (full) 'text' reading mode, wherein the original article is grabbed and reformatted within the app here. Of course, for AAWP you'll be using AAWP Universal - won't you?!

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Gradually working my way through all unread stories; (right) the 'Global Shared Stories' are a good way of seeing what's happening outside your own feed world, though I couldn't find an easy way of adding a feed to my Newsblur subscription list from within the Hypersonic application - am I missing something?

There's also a live tile, though this only shows one new headline, a cycling set of headlines would have made more sense. It's possible that this is a bug under the latest Creators Update Release Preview?

You can grab the free trial here in the Store. The full app is only a dollar/0.75p, don't worry!

Source / Credit: Store