With Apple leading the tablet parade with its smash-hit, the iPad, app developers are finding ways to make the most out of its features. Now, we’re able to view content in ways like never before – bringing together various news publications and social media links so that you get a rich, dynamic, and personalized experience. Today, we’ve rounded up six iPad apps that we believe will not only save you time, they’ll make you more in tune with what’s going on with the world around you. These apps are not only sleekly designed, they’re surprisingly easy to use. So the next time you need your quick news fix, try out one of these apps. You’ll be amazed by the fluid experience.
CNN recently announced that they have acquired the news-reading app Zite. This smart app learns what you like and starts giving you articles that it thinks you’ll enjoy. It chooses content for your sections by using an algorithm that finds articles which have the most buzz – the ones most shared and discussed. By giving you not only the news but blog posts, videos and other content from both mainstream media and niche sites, you’ll always feel like you’re in the know. With its clean, sleek design, this app is best for those who appreciate a nice interface and who don’t have the time and patience to sift through tons of articles to find the one that resonate with them.
Tip: Make sure to sync your Twitter and Google Reader account and thumb up or down articles you read so that Zite can start picking up on your preferences.
Flipboard calls itself the first social magazine. It’s one of the first apps that really showed the world how content could be organized so that it feels as though we’re flipping through an actual magazine. The Palo Alto-based company is constantly striving to make its app more useful and robust; not only are they always adding a well-curated collection of publishers, they’ve started a Content Guide where you can quickly find new publishers, add social networks and search for a person, blog or topic. What Flipboard does best is aggregate the news that you want and then show these articles in a print-style page layout that’s slick and visually appealing.
Tip: Make the most of your app by knowing about all the latest updates. How? Just follow Flipboard on Facebook.
Often spoken in the same breath as Flipboard, Pulse emerged onto the scene with a bang. Two Stanford grads, Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta, created this app in just 5 weeks, as part of a course at the Institute of Design. Since then, the app has gone on to win numerous awards and accolades. It was named one of the 50 apps in Apple’s App Store Hall of Fame and one of TIME’s top 50 iPhone apps of 2011. (It was even praised by Steve Jobs at the WWDC 2010 keynote!) Pulse is an RSS-based news aggregator that displays stories into an interactive mosaic. It shows off your articles in simple but straight-forward ways – as tiles you can tap and swipe.
Tip: Want to save your stories to read later? Just sync them to send them to Instapaper, Read it Later, Evernote and Reader.