Thursday, December 6, 2018

A Free News Reader for the iPad to End all News Readers

Unless they gave you your iPad at the office for special situations in your line of work that would call for such a device, it is nearly indisputable that an iPad is more or less a nice toy to have and not really necessity. Still, using the iPad to read e-books from the Kindle store (and imported into the iPad via a convenient Amazon app) or reading Web articles on the iPad through InstaPaper can be a wonderful experience. As it turns out, it isn't the best use you can get out of an iPad to turn it into a magazine-clippings reader or an e-book reader. As the creators of a new iPad app called FlipBoard have discovered, turning the device into a free newsreader - a kind of live magazine filled with regular pictorial updates and constantly refreshed print, can give you an experience that would be difficult to get anywhere else. It would make the device truly indispensable. One believes that as far as reading magazines and the news go, FlipBoard has to be the future of the medium.

The first time that you install the FlipBoard app on your iPad, the program asks you to allow it access to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. The moment you do that, it goes out and finds every story, video, song or anything else that your friends and your followers have indicated their approval of all over the Internet. So does it just give you an endless list of URLs for stuff over the Internet? Not by a long shot. What it does is, it turns all of that content into an off-the-cuff newspaper for you. It takes all of that content -  the hundreds of articles, the photos, the music and the YouTube videos, it turns that all into an impromptu newspaper with a newspaper-like layout, it turns that into a website, and gives you the URL for it. You go there, and it's like you're opening a newspaper that was just made for you. It's a free news reader program unlike anything you've ever heard of before.

Is this different from any other paid or free news reader app on the app store that promises to personalize the Web just for you? Well, those programs use RSS, a protocol that's far past its prime. When you have a newsreader that only scours the sites that you've signed up for, what you get happens to be pretty static. A program that looks for what your friends have liked on the Internet, and that gives you a truly dynamic snapshot of things that you're likely to like is far better. That's why people like aggregator sites like The Huffington Post. They want something from a new corner of the Internet each day. If you don't have a great deal of activity on Facebook or Twitter or not at all, you can log into any public Twitter list and do the same thing.

It's a beautiful free news reader idea. And it's the future of news.

Learn More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWTzpygTrAs&feature=youtu.be and https://youtu.be/EWTzpygTrAs


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