Flipboard is one of the lingering app omissions for Windows Phone, the news-reader app still limited to iOS and Android smartphones, but Microsoft brought along the latest version to Build 2014 to show it at least hadn't fallen off the radar. Unfortunately, while it's working - at least sufficiently for a brief demo on-stage - you still won't be able to find it in the Windows Phone Store.
Flipboard has bought rival newsreader Zite, spending $60m to bring the CNN app under its control, and with plans to integrate its technology into a single product. Zite, which CNN itself acquired back in 2011, aimed to deliver a personalized set of news articles by analyzing each user's interests, their social networks, and what they actually read. Unfortunately, it also means a death knell for the Zite app.
Facebook could launch a Flipboard-rivaling news reader before the end of January 2014, insiders claim, believed to be called Facebook Paper and aiming to bring shared and aggregated stories to smartphone and tablet users. The service - which could be either a standalone app or a mobile-centric site, sources say - has been long-rumored, and is believed to be an attempt by the social network to better monetize its mobile user-base as well as increase engagement.
Flipboard has enjoyed widespread success as a service for creating custom magazines, whether for the enjoyment of others or for private browsing. Building upon this foundation, the company has now branched out into catalogs, allowing both individuals and companies to create digital product catalogs. With catalogs also comes a way for Flipboard to make money, with ads being using to advertise catalogs to the user base.
Sometimes a well-selected GIF adds a little extra oomph to a story that disappears when using software that doesn't support animated GIFs. Such has been the case for iOS users of Flipboard, the nifty personal magazine app that is available for both Android and iOS. This changes today, however, thanks to an update that has been released for users to nab.
You might remember back in May when Flipboard introduced custom magazines that allowed users to curate different kinds of content into one magazine and share it with the world. That feature as now hit the web, allowing users to read these custom-curated magazines from any browser on any device with an internet connection.
Microsoft Build 2013 has kicked off and some of the initial talk has focused on Windows 8 apps. There was the stat related chatter about how the Windows Store is closing in on 100,000 apps, however there was also some details revealed on new apps. Simply put, Windows 8 users will soon have official apps coming from Facebook and Flipboard.
Facebook is cooking up its own socially-enabled Flipboard alternative in the hope of filling the gap left by Google's near-death Reader, it's reported, aggregating news and other content both from publishers and shared by friends. The app, internally known as Facebook Reader, is said to strongly resemble existing cross-platform digital magazine Flipboard the WSJ's sources say, with development initially focusing on versions for iPhone and iPad.
Flipboard has updated its iOS app to add even more features on top of the recently-updated 2.0 version that was released on iOS and Android not too long ago. Today's update brings new profile pages, a new "Friends" category, improved sharing that now comes with SMS support, and the ability to save an image to your camera roll by tapping on it.