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March has finally arrived, and with it comes the long-awaited Readability app for iOS, the newest kid on the “read later” block which has been in App Store limbo since last November. And that’s not all: Flipboard also pushed out a new update that finally brings Cover Stories to the iPad.
Reading fans, to the App Store! March 1 is finally here, which means the Readability app is finally available for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The free universal app is a companion to the Readability web service, which includes bookmarklets for saving articles from your web browser for later reading.
“Readability turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, iPhone or iPad,” the app description reads. “With the Readability app, you can catch up reading what you've saved with the free Readability add-on for your web browser.”
The official Readability app was submitted to Apple last November but became bogged down in the approval process -- quite a shame considering the service went from being paid to free with optional contribution (available as a $4.99 in-app purchase). But the wait is finally over, and the 8.9MB app is now available for download.
Readability isn’t the only newsworthy reading app hitting the App Store on Thursday: Apple favorite Flipboard has just hit version 1.8, which finally brings the Cover Stories feature introduced with the iPhone version to the iPad. Users will also be treated to a third page of titles for all of your favorite content, new full-screen images and typography “for even more beautiful layouts” and the ability to now pick topics of interest when first using the app, which sounds a bit like what competitor Zite does.
Last but not least, Flipboard 1.8 now includes international content guides with hundreds of recommendations for readers in the U.K. and Ireland, Canada, Australia, France, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Flipboard 1.8 is a free 10.8MB download from the App Store and requires iOS 4.0 or later.
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