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According to the calendar, it looks like a wrap on the month of March, but we've got one final round of news from the weekend to share with you before we're all subjected to the madness of April Fool's Day on Tuesday. Today's recap is a fairly eclectic mix, so enough of our yakking, let's dive and get to the good stuff!
Do you like to send photos and videos to friends, but are frustrated that they never respond? A new app called Reactr for iOS and Android not only nudges recipients for feedback, it actually captures the reaction and sends it back to you. Available free on the App Store for iPhone, Reactr aims to make it easy and fun to snap photos or videos and select the type of reaction you're hoping for. Your friend will receive a push notification that the message has arrived, then capture their reaction while viewing your message. But don't worry: Viewers have complete control over their own privacy, so responses won't be sent unless they first approve them.
TechCrunch is reporting that social networking giant Facebook could soon unveil a new feature called Save, another attempt at a built-in "read later" service similar to Instapaper, Pocket or Readability. The feature is said to have been created using a pool of talent acquired from Spool two years ago, and has popped on and off the radar over the last couple of years. According to screenshots obtained by TechCrunch, saved articles will appear in a separate section of a Facebook user's profile, where they can be read later, presumably from the desktop or mobile devices. The social network had no comment on the leak, and it's unclear if and when Facebook will ever get around to an official debut of the feature.
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign that saw nearly 200 backers rally to raise $23,000, The Padcaster has announced that its $99 Padcaster Mini Kit for iPad mini is now available to preorder. Like its big brother, Padcaster Mini makes a convenient way to mount an iPad mini on a tripod and connect lights, microphones and all kinds of other gadgets -- including custom lenses -- to it for podcasting. The company hoped to raise $15,000 on Kickstarter, so the additional funds have helped whisk the project out of the research and development phase and straight into manufacturing, with delivery estimated at six to eight weeks from order date.
As noted by journalist Ted Landau's Slanted Viewpoint blog last week, it appears that CNET has closed up shop on popular Mac troubleshooting website MacFixIt. Landau began the website in 1996, eventually selling it to TechTracker in 2000 before finding a home within CNET's ranks in 2007. Sadly, after 18 years, the site is no more, and the domain name now simply redirects to a generic CNET Computers portal instead. The last editor of MacFixIt, Topher Kessler, has moved on to launch a new website called MacIssues, which hopes to carry on with the storied tradition of the previous venture.
The folks at Pocket announced a new way to save web content from Firefox 28 and up, with the capability of saving articles, videos or webpages in a single click. The new add-on was developed in conjunction with Mozilla using their new Social API, offering a "fast, lightweight" extension that nicely matches the one that already exists for Safari, Chrome and Opera. That includes the ability to add tags to help organize content as it's added, rather than dumping everything into one account and having to sort it out later. Firefox users on one of the latest versions can download and install the new Pocket add-on right from the blog post, so click away and get saving!
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