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Maybe those clever people who make twitter lists do so because they use apps like Flipboard?
Flipboard allows you to take twitter lists and read them like a magazine.
I was never one for waking up and reading with my breakfast - it just seemed too complicated, but with Flipboard I just open up the app and there's the days latest news.
Not only does Flipboard display twitter lists, but you can sync with google reader allowing you to catch up with all your favourite RSS feeds, all while enjoying your cornflakes.
With the sharing of news articles on twitter on the rise, this app and others like it can really change how we consume news.
Users have since the dawn of RSS been able to consume many websites from within one application, but this has always been the domain of the geek and RSS has never gained mainstream traction. What makes Flipboard a useful app for me is the ability to read all my favourite sites from within an attractive UI.
Flipboard is available in Apple's App store for free.
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First impressions of the iPad were not good. It's heavy and the aluminium back make it cold to touch and without a case it can on occasion dig into your hands and give the impression of being sharp. However, these initial thoughts on the iPad's form factor was quickly squashed after using the device.
I have a 10" netbook which I have enjoyed using for two years. While it is a pain with some tasks, overall it has been £250 well spent and continues to serve a purpose today. How then can a £390 10" iPad compete with that?
To put it simply, it not only competes with, but out muscles the netbook on many levels. I have never been so taken with a device, even my first iPhone was not as compelling as this iPad.
After un-boxing, which is always a joy with Apple products, I fully charged the iPad and after a couple of hours synced it with iTunes and got all my apps (that I had previously used on my iPhone) on to the device.
Now I faced a dilema: I would now have two portable devices running similar (if not the same) apps, therefore did I really need the iPad?
Quick answer: YES! Immediately the device becomes second nature.
So what makes the iPad so compelling?
I could really go on and on, but this is a mini review and after the above the iPad comes into its own when you discuss individual apps, which I plan to do at a later date.
Would I recommend one? Absolutely, but I'd wait until the next generation which should be announced in the next couple of months. Also keep in mind that Android 3.0 has been announced which looks to be a really cool tablet operating system and will give the iPad a run for its money.