Been exploring RSS readers this afternoon. Found some interesting stuff NewsMac supports syncing news to Palm and iPod (text only) using the iSilo reader http://www.thinkmac.co.uk/newsmac/features.html NewsFan supports conversion of news feeds to voice using built in OS X voices, which could then be synced to an iPod http://www.makienterprise.com/newsfan/index.html Cepstral has a bunch of new, higher quality voices for the Mac, that work through the standard Mac speech synth interface http://www.cepstral.com/cgi-bin/downloads NewsTicker will read you the headlines using speech synth and let you interact via speech recognition to read a particular story, but then it just brings it up in the web browser. It doesn't speak you the entire story http://www.nullriver.com/index/products/newsticker Now, I just need to knit these all together into one piece (and add a little script to parse out the main text from a web page news item) and I'll have what I really want- an RSS feeder that is voice controlled, and syncs audio to my mp3 player of the selected news items and text to my palm. Why doesn't anyone make that?!! Or does someone and I just missed it? That's what a news reader really should be: I wake up in the morning and say, "Computer, read me the headlines" computer: "MacRumors headlines: Tiger released today. Read, Download or Skip?" me: "download text to my PDA." computer: "text download to PDA. Next headline: Bill Gates chokes on a pretzel after watching Steve Balmer dancing. Read, Download or Skip?" me: "download audio to my iPod." computer: filters out story from web page and synthesizes speech to MP3 file which is added to sync list."Audio downloaded to iPod. Next Story: Apple to hold press conference announcing iFlix movie download. Read, Download or Skip?" me: "Read it to me." computer: "Taking the stage with several movie industry big wigs today at Moscone Center, Steve Jobs announced..." This should all be possible with current technology, no?