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Frequently Asked Questions

 


What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a popular means of sharing content (such as news headlines) without requiring readers to constantly visit a Web site to see what's new. RSS feeds contain headlines and hyperlinks to longer articles or Web pages. Most feeds are free of charge.

 


How can I receive RSS feeds?

Desktop or mobile software applications known as news readers or aggregators can collect, update and display RSS feeds from a wide variety of sources. A number of news readers are available for you to download, many at no cost. There are Web and browser-based versions as well. News readers vary slightly in how they look and act, so you may find yourself testing several before settling on one.

 


Why some feeds contain empty articles?

Some feeds are not free of charge. For example the Financial Times site requires registration and displays a registration dialog when the http client tries to access some page on the site. The free registration doesn't help.

Financial Times returns empty articles for unregistered users. Financial Times website returns empty articles for unregistered users. October 2012.
Financial Times website displays a registration dialog when http client opens an html page. Financial Times website displays a registration dialog when http client opens an html page. October 2012.

Dear FT.com registered reader,

Thanks for registering and welcome to the first in a series of five emails designed to help you get the most from FT.com. You've now gained access to award-winning reporting and insight from 500 journalists from around the globe.

FT.com is constantly developing new and innovative tools designed to help online readers customise their FT.com experience and receive world-class FT content, whenever and however they want it.

Your current registration entitles you to view 8 FT.com articles per month but you can upgrade your access levels  at any time with a Standard or Premium subscription.

Here is a 'Part 1 of 5: Welcome to FT.com' letter content received by user with Free Subscription.

 


I can not subscribe to my favorite feed. Why?

As feeds are created by people, sometimes they contain error(s). Network state is unstable sometimes. Any operating system including Android is not 100% perfect. Despite testing, the Sagitta application can contain bugs as well. If some error occurred during subscription, try to subscribe later and/or send Email to the developers. To send Email use 'Information' tab in the 'About' window. Provide as much details as possible, please.

 


What Android Permissions does Sagitta require and why?

When installing Sagitta on Android, you will be presented with a set of permissions that the application requires. Here's a brief explanation of why Sagitta needs these permissions.

 
Permission Description
Network communication
Full Internet Access

android.permission.INTERNET

 

Sagitta uses the device’s internet connection to download RSS files and HTML content for offline access and display webpages in the browser. Sagitta gives user a variety of settings to control the content that is downloaded and the time of downloading. To learn how to configure what is downloaded for offline access, click here.
View Network State

android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE

 

Sagitta uses this permission to check if the device has an internet connection available before it attempts to receive data from the internet.
View WiFi State

android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE

 

Same as above. More details...
Storage
Modify/delete SD card contents

android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

 

Sagitta uses external storage (SD card) for temporary files to help save local memory on the device.
Hardware controls
Control Vibratator

android.permission.VIBRATE

 

Due to keywords highlighting and several other reasons the application parses HTML files (both article description and article offline context) before loading. For large HTML files some actions (opening 'Article Description' and 'Article Offline' views) can take 10 seconds and more and the device looks like not responsive.

If flag 'Vibrate' is checked in Preferences, then the device will vibrate on tapping the slow action buttons (providing a device has a vibrator).

System tools
Automatically start at boot

android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED

 

When your device boots up (turns on from being completely off), Sagitta will get a notification. When Sagitta receives this notification it checks your 'At Boot' preferences. If 'Start auto update service' flag is switched on, then Sagitta auto updating service starts and keeps track on feeds auto update schedule. Otherwise the auto updating service will start when user manually runs the application.
Prevent device from sleeping

android.permission.WAKE_LOCK

Sagitta uses this permission to perform scheduled autoupdates for your feeds.

Depending on your background syncing preferences, Sagitta will occasionally perform scheduled autoupdates while your device is on standby. During this time, Sagitta will keep your device processor (not screen) 'awake'. When it is finished, it lets it go back to sleep. If you prefer Sagitta not to update feeds in the background, you can disable this functionality in the Preferences.

 


 

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