Taking a page from Flipboard, Facebook Paper delivers a tiled interface that shows your standard Facebook news feed, but also gives you curated news content organized by category. That combination makes Facebook Paper a distinct and more robust product that's meant to complement, rather than … Read more
Flipboard, the social magazine app for iOS and Android, is extending its feelers further into mobile commerce with a new catalogs category. The update, released Monday, allows companies and individual users to create specialized buying guides out of items found within Flipboard and on the Web. The guides can then be deposited into custom magazines with price tags and product info alongside active links to allow purchases.
Back in March, Flipboard -- which in September raised another $50 million on a $800 million valuation -- introduced its magazine-creating feature in its 2.0 update. That extended the app's curation … Read more
Apple's patting some of its employees on the back for work on various digital media projects, according to a new report.
9to5Mac said the company's launched a new internal site to promote some of the digital projects done by its employees.
The new section, called "Employees on iTunes" will promote books, songs, movies, and TV shows that Apple's staff have created, or otherwise been involved in. That's according to an internal memo from Apple SVP Eddy Cue, which was posted in full by the rumor site.
Those works are not currently published on any … Read more
Twitter has updated its developer guidelines, killing off auto-follow features and loosening the reins on curation services.
That means developers of third-party applications won't be able to let users automatically follow someone who follows them or suggested follows. But Twitter is reducing its restrictions for services that gather and display tweets, like Storify. So curation is OK, as long as it's done manually.
[Via The Next Web]
The 1Mobile Market for Android offers a curated selection of fun, useful, and otherwise interesting apps, all of which are free. It's unique because it's managed by a team of actual editors, rather than a set of algorithms that try to home in on what you're looking for.
First thing you'll notice is that 1Mobile's main panel looks a bit like a cheap knock-off of Google Play, with its large tiles and similar color scheme. For some, this might be comforting, but for me, it feels a little tacky.
While looks may not be 1Mobile'… Read more
With no official Pinterest app yet available for Android, there are swathes of users itching to pin their much-loved items while on the go. Enter Fancy, an Android app for another visual cataloging site, TheFancy.com.
Just like the popular Pinterest service, Fancy is about saving pictures of the people, places, and things you love. Rather than pinning items to pinboards, however, Fancy lets you "Fancy" items and save them to a list (or multiple lists). You can search for items, scroll through recently Fancy'd items, or look through the lists of users you follow. It's … Read more
How do you improve a staple function like copy and paste? Simple. Make it smarter.Clipboard is a content-centric utility designed for copying and saving content on the Web. With Clipboard, you can copy and paste custom elements from any Web page, whether it's images, articles, videos, or a combination of all three. No more worrying about precise highlights and tedious Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, etc. Simply register and log in to the Clipboard site. Clipboard will show you a quick tutorial video on how to add Clipboard to your bookmark bar.
After finding an … Read more
"It's not an aggregator," KC Estenson, general manager of CNN Digital says. "It's a curator."
By any name, CNN's acquisition of iPad news reading app Zite is a strong and positive signal to companies working on news reading apps, like News360, which I recently covered. But CNN is in the business of producing news stories, on which it sells advertising impressions at a rate commensurate with the expense of creating the content in the first place. Traffic to an automated news gathering service will sell at a substantially lower rate (especially now that … Read more
While many news organizations aggregate their reporters' tweets and display them in dedicated Twitter modules, CNET now folds a curated set of tweets into the listing of latest news, placing tweets on the same level with everything else that CNET publishes.
How it works It is up to the discretion of the reporter to decide which tweets are worthy of your attention. If a reporter deems a … Read more