Mobile devices and wireless connections to the internet have changed habits so quickly that traditional media has become an endangered species. For iPhone and iPad users, how do you get your daily dose of news?
If you could use only one app to browse the news world, Flipboard would be the one.
This Is Just Too Easy
Modern mass media has adapted to mobile devices but in a traditional way. CNN, BBC, AP, and every news and information organization from the past has their own iPhone and iPad app.
All that does is bring dozens of information channels to individual apps on your iPhone or iPad.
Open the CNN app. Open the AP app. Open the ESPN app. Open the local newspaper or TV station apps.
See the problem? The apps are like channels and we graze through the news the old fashioned way– one media outlet at a time.
There’s a better way. It’s called Flipboard. This free iPhone and iPad app works like an RSS reader (but it’s not) and brings dozens of news and information and entertainment sources into a single app that’s the easiest ever to navigate.
You select the type of news you want Flipboard to bring you. Major news outlets? Check. Magazines? Check. Even YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and many other options for information and entertainment.
You navigate through Flipboard by flipping a finger across a headline and summary.
Flipboard makes it a simple pleasure to scour dozens of media sources, and flip through stories, features, even videos with a flick of a finger.
New York Times? Got it. Time? Got it. Sports? Yep. Women and Men? Of course.
Flipboard also syncs up your media selections between devices. Track magazines and newspapers and other sources on your iPhone, and then open your iPad and view the same information.
There isn’t an easier way to gather and digest so many different sources of media in one app.
Instead of using a dozen or more apps to peruse the day’s news, I use Flipboard. It’s faster. It’s easier. And it’s free (with occasional advertisements, similar to a magazine).
News junkies rejoice. Flipboard is your nirvana app. But it’s not perfect. Because Flipboard brings so many different sources into a single app with a simple interface, there’s some spillover.
The same articles may show up in different sections within Flipboard. In every case, though, Flipboard also gives you the option to view the original site, unfiltered.
Old habits die hard. Flipboard changes media digestion habits quickly, but not necessarily for the better. It’s very easy to use Flipboard for nothing more than headline skimming, even though in depth details are no more than a touch away on each story.