[By Mica Bernhard]
La Cañada students might be back for another school year, but we shouldn’t let our all-consuming homework deter us from understanding what is going on in the world. That’s why the free, informative Flipboard app is here to help.
Similar to buzzfeed, Flipboard allows first-time users to pick from a series of topics covering everything from News to Food. These topics then appear on “My Flipboard,” a personalized selection of what you are interested in, not the app designers. There is an option labeled “Flipboard Picks” though, featuring staff favorites such as “Zelda Fitzgerald’s Little-Known Art” and “Africa’s Multi-Level Floating Hotel with an Underwater Room.”
Enjoy a particular article? Then press the plus sign on the bottom right, and you may now compile your favorites into one “Magazine,” the equivalent to a playlist on Spotify. Combine “25 Corn Recipes for Salad, Soup, Ice cream, and more” from the food section with “14 Coma Movies That Won’t Put You to Sleep” from the film section, and create a magazine filled with inspiration for a late summer movie night. This feature of Flipboard is a perfect creative outlet for all of you fellow pinterest users or for anyone who simply enjoys seeing their favorite articles in one place.
Transition from page to page with a fun flip (hence the name of the app), and see a wide variety of publications, including Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, and many more. You could also use the search bar for topics, magazines, curators, and publishers that you particularly enjoy and add them to your feed.
Introduced in 2010 by former Apple iPhone engineer and Tellme CEO Evan Doll and Mike McCue, respectively, Flipboard was intended to give users a fluid and exciting web experience. The tech dream-team achieved that goal, combining different sources of news with social media in a completely balanced, flippable approach.
More Ebola outbreaks and ice-bucket challenges may spoil your day, but Flipboard can at least make it tolerable when they do.
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