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All posts tagged "Flipboard"

  • Should Flipboard really be afraid of Facebook Paper?

    From the moment word got out that Facebook was working on a newsreader app, people have been comparing it to Flipboard. It makes sense too. With over 100-million users across multiple platforms and a reputation for beautiful design and social integration, it has become pretty much the name in social news apps. Now that Facebook's app, called Paper, has been officially been launched though, there are a couple of questions that need to be answered: are the comparisons fair and should Flipboard be afraid of Paper? On the basis of the evidence so far, I would suggest the answers lie...

  • Facebook is the new Yahoo, and that’s why it simply has to unbundle its products and apps…

    It's not surprising that Facebook is planning a series of standalone apps to be released this year. In fact, it's already unbundled some services (whether deliberately or by accident is unclear) with its Facebook Messenger, (failed) Poke and Instagram apps. To understand why it's taking this approach, it's first important to understand what Facebook (on the web) is. In his latest Fast Company column, Om Malik makes the prescient observation that Facebook is today what Yahoo was in the 1990s – a “grand aggregator”. Facebook is number one because it successfully aggregated our social lives (Yahoo, of course, aggregated content...

  • Facebook could soon launch Paper, a Flipboard-like reader

    There have been whispers that Facebook's on the verge of launching a news reader designed to compete with Flipboard for since at least mid-2013. Things have been relatively quiet on that front for the past couple of months, but there's fresh evidence that the product may well be on its way. According to re/code, the reader could emerge as early as the end of January. Called "Paper", the reader is meant to be a mobile-focused news reader app (hence the Flipboard comparisons) although at this stage it's unclear whether it will be a standalone app or just a web...

  • 4 massive trends and events that completely changed the face of tech in 2013

    In 2013, big companies in the cloud space faced downtime challenges, companies in the social media space were valued at costs seemingly much higher than they’re worth, and a superpower’s secrets were revealed to the world. Four big events or trends in the IT space this year have had great significance for the industry. In each case, the trends bear thinking about, because how we respond to them now will shape the future of the way we interact, work and play online and in the cloud. 1. The year of cloud failures At the end of 2012, I predicted that 2013 would...

  • Flipboard gets the Great Firewall treatment in China

    It looks like Flipboard has become the latest victim to fall prey to the Great Firewall, the state-run system of censorship and surveillance that dictates what China's internet users are allowed to see. People using the personal magazine curation app in that country can no longer access the international version, although local content apparently remains unaffected. As The Next Web notes, this isn't the first time the service has been blocked in the country. Back in 2011 it joined the likes of Twitter and Facebook in being shut out by the Great Firewall, before launching again in the country...

  • Twitter exec promises social network is about to ‘change forever’

    This is big. The way you search for and discover things on Twitter is about to "change forever". That's according to a tweet sent out by Pankaj Gupta, an engineering manager at the social network, who indicated that there would be an announcement about the changes later today: Search & discovery in @twitter set to change forever after tmrw. Team - congrats and enjoy the enormity of...

  • Flipboard gives China a peek behind the ‘Great Firewall’

    This is interesting. Very interesting. The launch of Flipboard for Android in China is giving users in that country access to Twitter. As The Next Web points out, the social network is usually blocked in the country except to people using a virtual private network (VPN). Flipboard allows users not on a VPN to tweet from their accounts. Admittedly iOS users have been able to do so since the app launched for...

  • Angry Birds creates a flap at this year’s Webbys

    The winners of the 15th annual Webby Awards were announced on Tuesday. Famous for identifying the break-out stars of the year, and awarding deserving industry leaders, this year's Webbys, with a good mix of both, should prove to be no different. The Webbys hosted by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are held to honour excellence in website design, interactive advertising, film and video, mobile and applications in various categories. There...

  • Top 11 free must-have iPad apps for 2010

    As we all know by now, Apple's iPad has launched to resounding success, with 4.19-million units sold in its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter. Steve Jobs has promised consumers the future in their hands today. Users can have everything from the New York Times to the complete works of Shakespeare all on one gadget. There are already a few hundred thousand apps, for all sorts of uses in the App Store, but in our opinion, these are currently the best free apps of 2010. Browse, download and enjoy these apps – some popular, some not-so-popular – that we consider...

  • 4 reasons you should be developing mobile apps

    The mobile web is ripe for innovation. Barriers to entry have come down and the playing fields have been levelled. Software developers from all over the world are able to create apps that could become global hits. And as smart phones become more and more accessible to the masses, the market for clever, simple apps for mobile devices keeps getting larger and larger. Still not convinced? Here are four reasons why you, as a developer, should be focussing your attention on apps for the mobile web. 1. The development of mobile apps requires fewer hands on deck. Many successful mobile apps...

  • Paper.li makes you editor-in-chief of your online newspaper

    There is no longer any doubt about the awesome impact that Twitter is having on the media landscape. Every day, the micro-blogging phenomenon cements its place at the center of news gathering, social networking and information dissemination. But while its basic functionality has been widely accepted, the delivery mechanisms employed are being challenged on various fronts, most notably by the Flipboard app on the iPad, and now by paper.li. What paper.li does is organise links shared on Twitter by your social network into an easy to read newspaper-style format for readers to consume. Developed by a Swiss startup called...

  • Is Flipboard the killer iPad app we’ve all been waiting for?

    It's only been 24 hours, but Flipboard -- a brand new iPad app -- is already living up to the hype of revolutionising the way we consume and interact with social media. By creating an interactive magazine format populated by content from your Facebook and Twitter accounts, Flipboard  has taken a solid step forward from what social media and aggregator tools like Tweetdeck and Hootsuite have been doing for some time -- de-cluttering the social media space. The company calls Flipboard the "world's first social magazine" and says its mission is to "fundamentally improve how people discover, view...