One of the richest experiences I have had with my iPad is browsing news sites, articles, blogs and of course social media sites. There are now some really great apps to help you make sense of all the information you like to browse. Here are some of my favorites along with some specific browsing apps you may find useful.
Zite Personalized Magazine. Their tagline is “the personalized iPad magazine that gets smarter as you use it.”
You can download Zite for free. Choose from hundreds of topics you’re interested in or start with the plain-vanilla version of the magazine. You can even pull in your Twitter or Google Feed. You rate every story with thumbs up and down and you can request more of the same. This helps Zite do something pretty amazing. Zite learns from what you read everyday. It watches what kind of stories, how long you stay on them and how detailed the articles are. It then suggests more of the same. Brilliant.
Flipboard is also a social digital magazine. It is pretty sexy with its pages that turn. You can input your Facebook and Twitter so all of your content is in one place. Named Apple’s 2010 iPad App of the Year it is a unique way to read new articles, view photos, and other media.
For Android, check out Pulse. This app takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Sharing a story via Facebook, Twitter and email is as easy as two taps. (Also available for iPad)
Also check out News360. A news aggregate, News360 for Android aggregates more than 1500 different news sources around the web to bring you news stories in a concise and useful stream. There is also background information and dossiers about all the companies, people and locations that make the news, and you can create feeds based on your specific interests.
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Instapaper – One of my favorites. Simply use the bookmark tool and you can save articles and web page to reach later either on your ipad, smarphone and other devices.
Evernote – Pretty popular bookmarking site allows you to save . . . anything and tag it so you can find it later. Also free!
Storify – What is it? According to the website: “ Storify is a way to tell stories using social media such as Tweets, photos and videos. You search multiple social networks from one place, and then drag individual elements into your story. You can re-order the elements and also add text to give context to your readers.”
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