What is RSS?
RSS allows you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest updates in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.
RSS can be also known as News Feeds. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, which are designed to be read by computers rather than people.
How do I start using these feeds?
The first thing you need is something called a newsreader. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.
Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you download your e-mail using Outlook.
Once you have chosen a newsreader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. A small orange button generally denotes RSS feeds. In the case of the Central Bank website, the image appears as follows: . All RSS feeds available on the site are listed on the right hand side of this page.
You can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your newsreader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your newsreader.
Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier. For more details on these, please check your browsers help section.
What newsreader should I use?
There are many different newsreaders available to you. Different newsreaders work on different operating systems so be sure and select one that will work with yours.
Below are a list of newsreader for different operating systems and browsers. If you want to find more, use your search engine to locate more.
Mac OS X
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