Feeds
85%
Flipboard iOS app icon

Flipboard

News, from source to 'pad

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

iOS App of the Week Flipboard has been around for a year or so now, and has garnered all sorts of awards along the way. However, it was updated recently and has just gained the tech industry’s ultimate accolade: that of being imitated by Google, which is reported to be developing a "Flipboard killer" under the codename ‘Propeller’.

Flipboard iOS app icon

Your own, if you will, 'e-zine'

Variously described as a "news curator" or "personal magazine", the iPad-only Flipboard allows you to gather newsfeeds and Tweets from your favourite news services and followees, and link to social networks.

The app starts off with a series of pre-installed news sources, covering categories such as technology, sport and lifestyle, along with options for linking to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Flipboard iOS app iconFlipboard iOS app icon

Connect to news services (left) and to social networks (right)

You can also add your own services, such as Reg Hardware’s RSS newsfeed, so that you can create a customised collection of all your favourite news and social networking services.

Flipboard iOS app iconFlipboard iOS app icon

You can enter your own news sources (left) then read all the headlines (right)

The various news sources are displayed on the app’s ‘cover’ page as a series of tiles, which you can drag and drop to arrange in any order you fancy. You can then just tap on an item to open it up and flip through the latest stories as though you were reading an e-magazine.

This latest update, to version 1.5, has also updated its Content Guide section to make it easier to browse through existing news services, and to search for other services that you might want to add.

Flipboard iOS app icon

'Read all abart it!'

RH Recommended Medal

If you’re a pure news junkie and aren’t bothered about social networking froth then rivals such as Pulse and Zite are more geared towards quickly scanning news headlines.

However, Flipboard’s stylish interface and its ability to combine hard news and social networking set a high standard for Google to match. ®

We make our selection of the best iOS smartphone and tablet downloads every Thursday. It you think there's an app we should be considering, please let us know.

More iOS App of the Week Winners

Bike
Hub
Adobe
CreatePDF
TextGrabber Autodesk
Fluid FX
Amazon
Kindle
Cloud Reader

High performance access to file storage

85%
Flipboard iOS app icon

Flipboard

A smart news presentation app, well implemented.
Price: Free RRP

More from The Register

next story
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.