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LinkedIn Pulse review

LinkedIn Pulse offers a streamlined UI and smooth reading experience that make it one of the mobile world's favorite news reading apps, but you will need to create a LinkedIn account in order to save and share articles and comment on them.

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Looks and feels fantastic: LinkedIn Pulse sports an elegant interface that features gorgeous icons and responds to intuitive swiping and scrolling controls. News is categorized by channels, under which you'll find hot headlines displayed as attractive image thumbnails that you can effortlessly swipe through.

Highly customizable: You can select every channel and news source you … Read more

Microsoft updates Outlook's organizing tools

Celebrating what it says is "National Clean Out Your Inbox Week," Microsoft has added a few updates to Outlook's e-mail de-cluttering and organizing tools. Besides enhancing its Sweep to delete feature, the e-mail service has also upgraded ways to categorize and search for messages, along with other improvements.

Microsoft notes that average Outlook users get more than 10,000 personal e-mails a year and 80 percent of these are commercial e-mail, like newsletters, promotions, or updates. So, the company has aimed to make tools that let users more easily access the 20 percent of personal e-mails.

One … Read more

Shop Cyber Monday deals on your smartphone

Black Friday has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance to save on big ticket gift items. For those not aware, the Monday following Black Friday is known as Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year.

While you do have the option to hit your favorite shopping sites to see what the latest Cyber Monday deals are, it's much easier when you can look at all the discounts at once. That's why I've put together a small collection of apps for both iOS and Android that can work … Read more

Amazon gets all Pinterest-like with 'Collections'

Amazon seems to be taking some cues from the social network Pinterest. The e-commerce giant launched a feature on Thursday dubbed Amazon Collections, which lets users categorize shopping wish lists into different categories.

While Collections has more of a lean toward shopping, it has the look and feel of Pinterest. Like Pinterest, which lets users "pin" and categorize images of items they've found across Web, Collections lets people follow other users and add images to various lists.

"Collections are a way to gather and share things you like, want, or recommend," the site reads. "… Read more

Facebook boosts ad targeting with partner categories

Ever amping up new ways for advertisers to engage with users, Facebook began rolling out a new feature today that doubles down on the social network's use of ad targeting.

Dubbed "partner categories," Facebook's new feature aims to target ads to more categories of people. These categories use data from third parties, such as Acxiom, Datalogix, and Epsilon, to glean information about what users buy on the Web.

Here's more from a Facebook blog post:

For example, a local car dealership can now show ads to people who are likely in the market for a … Read more

Thirst brings you the news from around the Web with an easy-to-browse interface

Thirst for iOS had already been out for a few months, giving us a new way to view Twitter by organizing tweets into categories so you could read them in a sort of digest. But the latest version takes this news aggregator to a whole new level, scouring the entire Web for content, then displaying it in categories that are easy to browse.

What makes Thirst a compelling alternative to other newsreaders like Flipboard is that it doesn't just give you the latest story to hit a particular RSS feed. Instead, it uses a complex algorithm to perform a … Read more

Create 'Jeopardy'-style quiz presentations with PowerPoint Jeopardy

I'll take "PowerPoint Templates" for $300, Alex. This free template lets PowerPoint users create their own version of the popular quiz show "Jeopardy" by entering their own answers and questions (and, yes, the order is correct, answers first). What is PowerPoint Jeopardy? Correct!

OK, so that was probably one of the easiest "Jeopardy" questions ever, but that's fitting because PowerPoint Jeopardy is easy to set up and use, once you've enabled macros in PowerPoint (instructions are included). You simply enter the categories, answers, and questions in the provided space and click … Read more

Download and manage your files with the Internet Download Accelerator

The Internet Download Accelerator is designed to help you quickly find and download videos, music, games and more. While it proved very easy to user, but the search feature didn't always find files even when we searched for videos we knew were on the site.

The interface presents as a file directory, much like Windows Explorer. In the left pane, you can see the main categories, All Downloads, Top Downloads, and Status, and easily drill down to see items in these categories. You can also set up your own categories to help you manage the files you download. All … Read more

Pulse News, an elegant mobile reader

Pulse News gives you all the news from your favorite Web sites laid out in an intuitive interface. News sites are laid out vertically so you can swipe up and down to the latest news from all sites quickly, or you can swipe horizontally to read more stories from the same site. Each story heading has the headline and an included graphic, making for a more elegant approach than other news readers that show only text links. Touching a story heading gives you either a text-based summary, a mobile-optimized version for easy reading, or a way to view the story … Read more

Take the pulse of the Internet

Pulse News for iPad gives you all the news from your favorite Web sites laid out in an intuitive interface. News sites are laid out vertically so you can swipe up and down to the latest news from all sites quickly, or you can swipe horizontally to read more stories from the same site. Each story heading has the headline and an included graphic, making for a more elegant approach than other news readers that show only text links. Touching a story heading gives you either a text-based summary, a mobile-optimized version for easy reading, or a way to view … Read more