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RSS feeds (or news feeds) allow you to view the latest headlines (and a bit of a description about the news item) without actually having to go to the website. If you're interested in the news item, you can then click on the news headline to be taken to the particular website where you can read the full article.
News comes to you! Instead of visiting say, twenty different websites to see if there's anything new on them, your 'feed reader' will check periodically for you. You can then just check your feed reader to see what's new.
There are a number of different ways that you can 'view RSS feeds'. Each of them involves a piece of software (a feed reader) that checks the relevant website for feed updates. This software can be integrated into your browser or email client, can be a standalone application or can be web-based.
The example readers listed above are a small selection of those freely available. There are many others available at a small cost, but it's probably best to try one of the free versions above first. Once you've decided how you'd like to view RSS feeds, the next thing is to subscribe to feeds.
You can 'subscribe' to feeds in a number of different ways, but perhaps the simplest is to copy and paste the URL (web address) of the feed into the news reader.
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