Pulse, one the leading mobile RSS feed magazine apps, has added a few significant new features, including a premium subscription to the Wall Street Journal, Genius recommendations, and video channels. These features, not available with its competitors Flipboard and Zite, help bring tons more content to the popular feed aggregator.
About a week ago, Pulse launched 30 new video channels that users can subscribe to for free. Channels range from National Geographic, ESPN Video, Today.com, Reuters Video, to The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Channels can be subscribed to with a simple tap of the + button.
Another new feature includes Genius, which is a list of recommended sources based what a user normally reads and subscribes to in the app. This and other new features can be found by swiping upwards on any page of the Pulse app and tapping on the Catalog, then navigating to Recommended, which is among the title cards of other Pulse source categories.
And finally, the most recent update to Pulse is the ability for users to subscribe from within the app to selected premium content in the Wall Street Journal, for $.99/month. This new feature signals a new direction for magazine style apps that have traditionally provided totally free content sources. The app also includes subscriptions to WSJ Political Report ($3.99/month), WSJ Water Cooler ($99/month), and WSJ Technology Digest ($3.99/month).
For now, this subscription service is only available on iOS devices. After users subscribe, they will be able to access the content on all of their iOS devices.