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Flipboard: Your News Magazine review

Flipboard: Your News Magazine compiles news, social updates, and all your favorite topics into a gorgeous, easy-to-flip-through magazine. This hugely popular app can change the way you read your favorite content, as well as encourage you to read more.

Pros

Fantastic design: Flipboard: Your News Magazine smartly arranges content into a stylish magazine-style format, so that using it feels like you're reading a sleek virtual magazine. You'll love the image-based front cover, the great flipping effect, and the effortless left-and-right swiping gestures for quick navigation.

Great reading experience: Enjoying your favorite sites and feeds through this beautiful, magazine-themed … Read more

Flickr review

Flickr on Android seems like a perfect match, doesn't it? Millions of people have been uploading, storing and sharing their digital snapshots, scans, and other images on Yahoo's Flickr site for years. Android devices, chiefly phones, have eclipsed digital cameras as primary snapshooters, and more photos than ever are being uploaded to Flickr. Flickr's free Android app makes the whole process much, much easier.

Pros

Soul mates: Think about it: Your phone is where Flickr needs to be. It's almost like Flickr has been waiting all along for Android.

Too easy: From the Get Started screen … Read more

CallApp Social Dialer CallerID review

CallApp Social Dialer CallerID scans social sites and retrieves information about the person who's calling you, including photos, workplace details, Facebook status, latest Tweet, and more. If you get a lot of calls every day, this app can help you figure out which you should answer right away and which you should avoid.

Pros

Comprehensive: CallApp Social Dialer CallerID provides social, business, and personal info about callers and contacts that you would need at least 15 minutes to gather manually via your Web browser, not to mention that it scans yellow-pages, white-pages, and other sources you'd probably not … Read more

Klout for iOS review

Klout has become the gold standard for social media scoring. With Klout for iOS, you can track your social-media score; post interesting, personalized content instantly; or schedule posts in advance for Facebook and Twitter -- all via the Klout app.

Pros

Easy setup: Register for an account or log in with your existing email and password or your Facebook or Twitter log-in. Then connect your various social media accounts -- Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google Plus -- and presto, Klout will calculate your social media score from 1 to 100.

Intuitive functionality: Click Create or Schedule to put … Read more

The 404 1,449: Where we run for the border (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Cloak app helps you dodge awkward run-ins with frenemies.

- Taco Bell taps techies with burner phones to market new breakfast menu.

- Robots are creeping their way into newsrooms.

- A new gadget designed to sanitize your public transportation trip.… Read more

Visualize shared links, trends with BuzzSumo

If your job requires you to know which topics are the most discussed on social media or if you are simply a curious denizen of the Internet, BuzzSumo will show you which links are making the rounds.

Head to the BuzzSumo Web site and enter a topic or domain name. BuzzSumo will return a list of articles that are the most shared across five social media networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. You can sort the results by an individual network or by an aggregate total shares.

On the left-hand panel, you can filter the results by article type … Read more

China censors hit popular WeChat accounts

The censors are once again targeting China's popular messaging app WeChat.

Chinese government officials on Thursday closed down a host of popular accounts run by journalists and columnists, according to reports out of the country. The move was seen as a response to possible criticism of the government, which held its annual parliament meeting on Thursday. The accounts were shuttered before Premier Li Keqiang started a news conference to announce the end of those meetings, according to reports.

Tencent Holdings, WeChat's owner, didn't seem upset by the government's move. Speaking to Reuters, which reported on the … Read more

On Facebook, good (and bad) moods are infectious

Isn't it interesting when someone posts a highly positive comment on Facebook and tons of their friends "like" the post and chime in with like-minded comments? Likewise, the same happens with negative comments. This is no coincidence.

A new study published in Plos One on Wednesday by researchers from the University of California at San Diego says that moods on Facebook are contagious. While negative posts definitely beget negative posts, positive posts are apparently more infectious.

"Our study suggests that people are not just choosing other people like themselves to associate with but actually causing their … Read more

In Syria, a detained Internet activist remains in limbo

The Arab Spring has all but disappeared from daily news headlines, but the uncertainty lingers concerning the fate of a missing computer engineer who was detained by the Syrian government two years ago.

On March 15, 2012, Syrian authorities detained Bassel Khartabil, a free-software activist who had used cell phone videos to document the first massive protests breaking out against the Assad regime, and who shared the videos with international news outlets. He has not been released.

Now as the anniversary of his disappearance nears, Fosfor, a digital publisher, has released "Bassel: Behind the Screens of the Syrian Revolution,&… Read more

Microsoft to bring social, machine learning tech to Office 365

Microsoft is about to make some big changes as to how Office 365 looks and works.

At the company's SharePoint 2014 conference, which kicks off on March 3, executives will preview some of these coming changes -- specifically ones involving social and machine-learning technologies that Microsoft is baking into its cloud suite of Office apps. Once these technologies begin rolling out later this year, the lines between Exchange, SharePoint, and Yammer will be blurred, and social collaboration will become more of a centerpiece of the more tightly integrated suite.

Microsoft has built what it's calling the "Office Graph,"Read more