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Is there a web application that can display full news articles for certain intervals of before changing to another current news article? If so, can RSS feeds be defined and called upon?

I want to mount a monitor in my living room with a small computer attached that only serves to display a news feed that is completely automated. However, as far as I have searched, I have not found a web application or program that can deliver a scrolling news feed that also displays said feed options. If anyone knows of such an application, or if it doesn't exist, how to start writing such an application, I would appreciate any responses.

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Do you either want a scrolling news feed or a "complete page fading to next article" aplpication? –  edelwater Jun 1 '13 at 16:44
    
Check out MagicScroll I don't know about RSS integration etc. but it does allow you to turn any webpage into an 'auto-scrollable' interface (simply press the play button). You can check out the Magic Scroll demo here. –  batpigandme Jun 1 '13 at 16:53
    
I'd love a complete page fading to next article application. –  Shaun Gillies Jun 2 '13 at 0:20

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There are probably solutions out there but if I would want this...

I would install a WordPress local install so I can use the functionality in there (database, get rss feed, caching / transients / rendering / etc)

  1. Via fetch_feed you can fetch the feeds: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/fetch_feed (see code there), instead of directly echoing them to screen I would store each entry in a transient (caching) in the database
  2. I would then add a little javascript/jquery entry that counts to e.g. 1 minute, fades the page and gets the next/random item from the transients to display, possibly nicest via ajax
  3. if get_transient() does not get an active item (means expired) reload it from the rss source (so probably rss_source + item_id = the unique index for the item)
  4. I would then make the page displaying the individual RSS entries my frontpage of my WordPress installation (without sidebars or headers)

Now... if you want this solution (?) and move this topic to http://wordpress.stackexchange.com Im sure someone can add information to this since If I would post the code here then it would be off-topic.

The above is already present in some plugins e.g. http://www.gopiplus.com/work/2011/09/13/vertical-scroll-post-excerpt-wordpress-plugin/ or http://www.gopiplus.com/work/2012/08/04/scroll-rss-excerpt-wordpress-plugin/ shows you a slider in the sidebar. Another one I found is http://wordpress.org/plugins/news-ticker/screenshots/ , look in the php code downloaded from the plugin in how its done and do adjustments.

Though its simple to write yourself.

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