On the surface, Paper looks a lot like what might have happened had Facebook invented Flipboard before Flipboard got the chance, and then slapped on a moniker rather too similar to an existing hugely popular (but entirely different) iOS app. Move beyond the snark, though, and you realize something surprising: Paper makes using Facebook almost pleasurable again. Facebook on desktop ceased to be fun a long time ago, and even the once-streamlined mobile app is increasingly full of cruft. The idea with Paper appears to be to strip everything back, bring stories to the fore, and turn the Facebook experience into a kind of edited newspaper.
They say you can't keep a good man down, but does the same apply to a maybe not-so-good retail chain? Despite all the headlines touting the end of Blockbuster's reign over the video store, the company still has a few independently owned branches across the U.S. that will continue the good fight -- find out about one such place in today's recap.
Happy Columbus Day to American readers, and happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian neighbors! It's already the middle of October and a relatively quiet weekend on the tech front, but if the rumor mill is to be believed, we'll have one more round of Apple product announcements before the month is out to get us through the 2013 holiday season. So without further ado, here's what's making news over the weekend...
Don't want to bother with creating your own Flipboard magazines, but would still like to be able to view the creations of others? No problem, the app has now spread its wings and flown to the web as well.
Some names you don't immediately associate with Apple news this week, Microsoft and Walmart, are making some headlines for their offerings. Plus a little history is made and Apple chimes in on that. And Facebook looking, rather late, to jump in on the news and RSS game, now that Google Reader is set to bow out. That and more, as always, below the fold.
While RSS lovers continue to mourn the loss of Google Reader, competing services are already moving on with new ideas to replace it -- such as Flipboard, whose latest update allows users to create custom magazines to share with others.
Rockmelt began life as a Mac browser a few years back, but newly released on the iPad, it aims to deliver an all-in-one web browsing, news reading, and social discovery service for well-connected tablet users. Embarking on a jack-of-all-trades approach is expectedly a challenge, seeing as even nailing one of those pursuits can be difficult, but Rockmelt shows some promise in this early iteration.