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| May 9, 2013
This App Has Risen Like A Phoenix From The Ashes To Be Your Fever Client For iOS
Google Reader is set to shut down in less than two months. Have you decided on an alternative service to serve as your precious feeds' new home? If you choose to go with Fever, Shaun Inman's premium RSS feed service, you'd do well to also choose Ashes as your Fever client for iOS. "Yes, you might have heard the name before," says Ashes developer James Finley. "You might have thought that it was dead, gone, never to return. If that’s what you thought, you clearly don’t understand what phoenixes do. They rise!" Finley is actually alluding to the old Ashes app, which debuted in June 2010 and disappeared from the App Store sometime after. Well, true to the suggestion of its name and its phoenix icon, Ashes has risen from the ashes as a new app. Rereleased just a couple of weeks ago, Ashes is a Fever client that looks, well, hot. That is to say, it looks beautiful. And it works to help you read through your "Kindling" or normal feeds and to help you see what's "Hot" or trending. [caption id="attachment_413515" align="aligncenter" width="270"] Ashes for Fever[/caption] Ashes has just received its first update post-rerelease. The update brings support for Felix, Netbot, Riposte, and Pinbook. That's in addition to the app's already existing support for Readability, Instapaper, Pocket, Facebook, Twitter, Tweetbot, Twitterrific, and Buffer. The update also features background syncing, blank favicons, an option to show the menu in portrait mode, an option to hide read items, and feed lists for Kindling, Saved, and Sparks. What's more, according to Finley, the update brings performance optimizations for iPad mini, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S. "Sync now takes a third of the memory and a third of the time," says Finley in the update's release notes. "Scrolling is tons faster." Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 6.1 or later, the new and improved Ashes for Fever is available in the App Store for $5.99. [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]