How to Include Flickr Pics

2010-11-24 | Category: General (47), Features (19)

If you have a Flickr Photostream or any other RSS based photostream you can include it in your website by using

Read the full article here.

Additional Update Server, Faster Feed Updates For Premium Users

2010-08-18 | Category: General (47)

We strive to make our service faster and even more robust. Therefore we installed a new server yesterday enabling us to reduce the average "age" of premium feeds to just above 10 min! This means that premium feeds are now updated every 20 min (in average) at the moment.

Have a look at the current system status for more information.

Rssinclude as a Google Chrome Extension

2010-07-27 | Category: Case Studies (5) shows how can be used to build a Google Chrome extension.

Find the full article here: How to make a simple RSS Chrome extension

Many thanks to Tony for the effort.

Problems When Using Internet Explorer + Norton

2010-06-14 | Category: General (47)

Some users have complained about strange problems when having installed Norton Internet Security or Norton360 and using Internet Explorer. It seems that some pages and functions on RSSinclude just won't work with this combination.

What does't work?

Some people cannot open the "Include" tab where our users get the include code. Some others cannot delete a feed from the "Input feed" tab. There might be other problems that haven't occured so far. Please let us know if you find one.

Why is that?

Our website is working with AJAX and JSON to save our users a lot of time. Every modern browser supports these technologies to asynchronously load HTML or JS content. However, it seems that Norton is not quite aware of that fact yet. When JSON data is loaded for example to fill the "Include" tab with the correct content Norton corrupts the JSON data. For some reason it thinks this request is bad. It does not in any way distinguish between HTML and JSON (which is Javascript).

Is there a workaround?

Yes, of course. You could switch to another antivirus program, you could switch Norton off while working with or you just use another browser, for examle Mozilla Firefox.

-- Thank you for the hint, Peter

Yesterday's Major Update

2010-04-02 | Category: General (47), Features (19)

It was a bit busy here yesterday. The major update we were preparing the last three months finally went live. We monitored the system's performance of the past 24 hours we can be quite sure that everything has worked out fine.

After our easter holidays we will describe in detail what is new at Which is for example the new iPhone box template that's usable as a stand-alone-version. Easily convert your website or blog into an iPhone style website:

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BlackBerry Bold 9900, 9930 Will Run BlackBerry OS 7

RIM kicked off its BlackBerry World event in Orlando, Florida by launching the not-so-secret BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 models, also dubbed "Bold Touch." While the devices don't noticeably stray from RIM's design choices from the past decade -- they're instantly recognizable as QWERTY keyboard BlackBerrys -- the 9900 and 9300 pack some impressive guts. While the 2.8-inch VGA touchscreens won't impress many in today's world of 4-inch screens, but the devices are RIM's thinnest yet at 10.5mm. Continue reading BlackBerry Bold 9900, 9930 Will Run BlackBerry OS 7 BlackBerry Bold 9900, 9930 Will Run BlackBerry OS 7 originally appeared on Switched on Fri, 20 May 2011 11:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
BlackBerry OS 7 Features Announced--But It Won't Run On Older Devices

This morning, RIM finally unveiled its next generation mobile operating system, BlackBerry OS 7. It's not a giant leap forward, but RIM is detailing a faster and easier-to-use OS that comes with an integrated, voice-enabled Universal Search system. BlackBerry fans that have been frustrated by the operating system's chronically sluggish Web experience will be pleased to know that OS 7 offers a "significantly enhanced" browser with HTML5 video support and speed updates. Interestingly, OS 7 won't have any legacy support, meaning that even the current generation Bold or Touch that you bought last year will be left behind -- you'll need to have one of RIM's brand new 9900 or 9930 devices to run it. SlashGear writes that according to RIM, "the reasoning behind the absent upgrades is that the new OS is so dependent on the hardware graphics capabilities of its new handsets." RIM's new BlackBerry Balance application, though, will work on any device running OS 6.0 or later. First detailed in January, Balance is RIM's solution for combining both your personal and corporate accounts -- and all the security requirements that those require -- on a single device. For example, you can wipe all of the enterprise data from your phone, while still leaving the personal accounts intact. Or, social networking apps like Facebook and Twitter can be given limited access to anything from your corporate accounts. BlackBerry OS 7 Features Announced--But It Won't Run On Older Devices originally appeared on Switched on Mon, 02 May 2011 10:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Farewell, Internet
Well, here we are. More than four years after launching, Switched and DownloadSquad are unfortunately being closed. I've been thrilled to work at these two sites that have expanded tech coverage beyond the usual gadgets and social networks to cooking, culture, design, art and more. It's been humbling to work with these incredibly dedicated and talented teams of writers, and it would have been impossible to do it without them.

Going forward, you'll still be able to get the best tech news coverage from Engadget, HuffingtonPost Tech, Joystiq and TUAW. While we're still working out some of the details, Switched and DownloadSquad will continue to live on the Web and be fully accessible via search. Understandably, our Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr presences will quiet down, but you can still follow the Switched and DownloadSquad writers on their personal accounts. Thanks for reading. Farewell, Internet originally appeared on Switched on Tue, 12 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Interview with Digital Camera Inventor, Making Game Boy Music
Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web.

Read: Research In Motion Eyes a Rebound "They've been caught flat-footed," said Jean-Louis Gassée, a former Apple executive, the former chairman of Palm's software spinoff and a partner at Allegis Capital in Palo Alto, Calif. "They've built a tremendous company; they are people with distinguished backgrounds. They are not idiots, but they've behaved like idiots." What We Talk About When We Talk About the Internet Of course, most everyone, when challenged at a conscious level, will correct this mistake, and agree that no, Google only aggregates, it doesn't think, that the Internet is just a compilation of human endeavors. But how often do you hear someone say something like "ask Google", "Wikipedia says", "Facebook told me..."? Before the Internet, there was no tool with which people interacted linguistically.

Watch: unicode Inventor Portrait: Steven Sasson Showtime: Forrest Oliphant, 'Slithering' GAME BOY MUSIC
Know: The latest scam sweeping Facebook pretends to tag you in photos from the Olive Garden restaurant. [From: Sophos nakedsecurity] Lifehacker counts down the 10 best micro-apps (often uni-tasking tools for controlling image uploads, desktop settings or clipboard history) for Mac and Windows. [From: Lifehacker]
Got a tip? Want to talk to us? In need of more choice links like these? Drop us a line on Twitter and check out our Tumblr blog.
Interview with Digital Camera Inventor, Making Game Boy Music originally appeared on Switched on Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
Dinos and Trenches in '1916 - The War You Never Knew'
This week's batch of games take its inspiration from real life, but twists your expectations in weird and wonderful ways. Consider it an alchemical transformation that results in gaming gold.

We're no history buffs, but we're fairly certain that World War I did not involve ferocious velociraptors stalking hapless soldiers through the trenches. (But who knows? Maybe we were absent the day it was covered in history class.) The creators of ' 1916 - The War You Never Knew' -- a first-person survival horror experience set in the dingy trenches of the Great War -- clearly took inspiration from indie sensation 'Amnesia: The Dark Descent.' Setting this type of game in this type of environment is brilliant; it allows for a claustrophobic world that doesn't feel artificially constrained, and makes for a genuinely scary experience, notwithstanding the addition of deadly dinosaurs.
Gallery: 1916 - The War You Never Knew Continue reading Dinos and Trenches in '1916 - The War You Never Knew' Dinos and Trenches in '1916 - The War You Never Knew' originally appeared on Switched on Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments

How to Run PHP Scripts in *.html or *.htm Files

2010-03-17 | Category: General (47)

One of the most common questions hitting our support inbox is how to get PHP working in *.html and *.htm files. With this blog we try to provide a practical guide for our users and thus kill two birds with one stone figuratively.

Question One: Does my web host support PHP?

At first you should try to find our whether PHP is supported by your webhost or not. If you already know that PHP works please continue to read at Question Two. If you don't know you could either ask your hosting company or you could just try it by following these steps:

First, create a file named "phptest.php". At this stage it is important to use the file extension ".php". Open the file in a simple text editor (for example the "Editor" in Windows) and write the following line:

<?php echo "hello world"; ?>

After saving the file please upload it to the root directory of your webspace. Open your browser and direct it to the file you just uploaded: "" (Needless to say, you should use your own domain here...)

It's the moment of truth now. What does the browser say? If you see the words "hello world" everything is fine, PHP is working. However, if you don't see these words please contact your hosting provider because PHP is not working (yet). Most hosting companies provide packages including PHP. So perhaps you just have to switch to another hosting plan.

Question Two: How to get PHP working in HTML files

If PHP is working there is only one step left to use PHP scripts in files with *.html or *.htm extensions as well. The magic word is ".htaccess". Please see the Wikipedia definition of .htaccess to learn more about it. According to Wikipedia it is "a directory-level configuration file that allows for decentralized management of web server configuration."

You can probably use such a .htaccess configuration file for your purpose. In our case you want the webserver to parse HTML files like PHP files.

First, create a blank text file and name it ".htaccess". You might ask yourself why the file name starts with a dot. On Unix-like systems this means it is a dot-file is a hidden file.

(Note: If your operating system does not allow file names starting with a dot just name the file "xyz.htaccess" temporarily. As soon as you have uploaded it to your webserver in a later step you can rename the file online to ".htaccess")

Next, open the file with a simple text editor like the "Editor" in MS Windows. Paste the following line into the file:

AddType application/x-httpd-php .html .htm

If this does not work, please remove the line above from your file and paste this alternative line into it, for PHP5:

AddType application/x-httpd-php5 .html .htm

Now upload the .htaccess file to the root directory of your webserver. Make sure that the name of the file is ".htaccess". Your webserver should now parse *.htm and *.html files like PHP files.

You can try if it works by creating a HTML-File like the following. Name it "php-in-html-test.htm", paste the following code into it and upload it to the root directory of your webserver:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
	<TITLE>Use PHP in HTML files</TITLE>
		<?php echo "It works!"; ?>

Try to open the file in your browser by typing in: (once again, please replace by your own domain...)

If your browser shows the phrase "It works!" everything works fine and you can use PHP in .*html and *.htm files from now on. However, if not, please try to use the alternative line in the .htaccess file as we showed above. If is still does not work please contact your hosting provider.

If you want to add something or if you still have questions concerning this topic, please contact us.

Strange Paypal Behaviour When Credit Card Info Is Changed

2010-03-08 | Category: General (47)

Lately we often encounter a strange Paypal behaviour. Paypal cancels all active subscriptions done with a credit card automatically as soon as this credit card gets changed, replaced, out of date whatever. Unfortunately we have no influence on this and are not even informed in advance.

Please don't worry, the solution is simple as: Just wait until your subscribed 12 months run out. Our system will send you a mail and you can simply renew your subscription manually by upgrading again.

Workaround for PHP error "readfile(): URL file-access is disabled"

2010-03-01 | Category: General (47)

Some of our users get error messages on their websites when trying to use the PHP integration code. They look like this: "Warning readfile(): URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in [file]". Basically, it means that your provider does not allow your scripts to load files from the web via PHP and HTTP into your website.

So what can you do then?

First you can should try to persuade your provider to enable URL file-acces for your webhost.
If the provider is not willing to do so you can try a workaround by using CURL:
You will find lots of tutorials and examples on Google:

If CURL does not work in your case you can still use Javascript integration. However, from the search-engine-optimization point of view Javascript integration is not recommended.

When Google Feeds Show up in Other Languages

2010-01-27 | Category: General (47)

Quite often our users want to display feeds from Google in RSSboxes. This is actually a good way of getting accurate and precise information on whatever topic they are interested in. However, sometimes a rather strange problem occurs which we want to discuss here.

The problem

Try to use the URL of an english Google News feed at The resulting RSSbox does not contain an english but a german feed. That's pretty strange, isn't it?

The reason

Google identifies the location of the server requesting the feed. According to the servers location Google provides the feed in a language it assumes to be appropriate. Which is not good for our service as our server is located in Germany.

The workaround

You can force Google to use a certain language for the feed.  Just add the term "&hl=en" (en stands for english) to the end of your feed url. However, in some cases you have to use "?hl=en" instead, the questionmark makes the difference...

Original, problematic URL:

Changed, well working URL:

Any questions?

If you have questions concerning this or other topics please don't hesitate to contact us.

A News Ticker For Your Website

2009-12-18 | Category: Features (19)

The "Simple Ticker Box" shows an RSS feed, one item at a time, in a news ticker style. It comes with two different switching transitions and spices up your website for free!

Try it

If you want to configure and adjust all the properties of your new ticker RSSbox please use the advanced box type "Ticker Box Extended". Extended means:

  • More transition styles
  • Change transition speed and delay
  • Configure all relevant colors
  • Adjust box size to your needs
  • Get rid of our dispensable back-link  ;)

Have a look at some examples here!

The extended version of the ticker box and its new features are only available for premium users. If you are not a premium users already, this could be the perfect opportunity to upgrade  :)  For more information on this topic please visit our upgrade page.