The era of “hot off the presses” may be over, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still want the news as soon as it happens. The difference is, instead of newsboys, we have RSS Readers that pull information from dozens of websites for our daily perusal. Like a favorite newspaper, each RSS Reader has staunch defenders who prefer a particular app’s feature set. When viewed as a whole, the differences between RSS Readers on the iPad aren’t that huge, simply because they all display content from an RSS feed source and many use a similar two column layout (feeds on one side, articles on the other). The major differences can be seen in the rising importance of “social” RSS readers, or apps that take an active role in finding RSS feeds for you to read by leveraging your Internet presence or expressed interests. Most of the rest of the RSS apps require a user to have a Google Reader account to pull feeds from, meaning that they mainly differ in their presentation and implementation of your Google Reader feeds. The choice of RSS reader may be a personal one, but there are a few standout apps in the genre you should be aware of before you decide.

Updated AppGuide: Best RSS Readers for the iPad