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During his demo at the WWDC13, Craig Federighi talked about OS X Mavericks Notification Center enhancements. Craig said that in OS X Mavericks (10.9), Notification Center could also handle notifications from websites. Upon hearing that news I wrote an article on how after Apple had taken away the ability to manage RSS feeds with Mail or Safari in OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard, it was great news to know that Mavericks would soon manage RSS Feeds.
That assessment was wrong.
Mavericks Notification Center does not natively handle RSS feeds. Instead, Mavericks Notification Center handles push notifications by website developers who have registered with Apple and created the proper “Push Package” on their server.
This was a major disappointment to say the least, since as a web developer a major rule is not to develop web tools for a particular platform — even if it is Apple. The web is to be agnostic when it comes to browser or operating system. Websites and web tools should just work, and not require the latest version of OS X. In the late 90's Microsoft tried doing this with special hooks in .net for web developers and special code in Internet Explorer. The web community revolted as it was a thinly veiled disguise to make the web an extension of the Microsoft platform.
How to Get RSS Feeds In Notification Center
However not all is lost. If you want RSS Feeds in Notification Center, go to the App Store and search on "RSS". A plethora of RSS Readers appear. Look for those readers that support Mavericks OS X Notification Center. I've download and installed a free version of Instant RSS Notifier. It works great. Again there is a wide selection to suit your particular needs and tastes.
The end result is that RSS Feeds now come through Notification Center and it's fantastic! While I'm disappointed that Apple didn't make RSS Feeds native to Notification Center, this is almost just as good because the result is the same — it just requires a utility app to be installed and running.
Be sure to add T-GAAP’s RSS feed to your RSS Reader
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