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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.

Pros

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

Google I/O recap: Major Android news; Chrome OS update

Today Google kicked off its annual I/O conference with announcements about Android, Chrome OS, its answer to Apple's HealthKit, and the next generation of developer tools.

Introducing Android L: Android OS's KitKat successor doesn't have a name yet, but it'll begin with L. The platform update will attempt to unite Web and app user experiences through the Material Design interface. Developers will be able to use Google's new Polymer toolkit to design Web apps that look like their Android counterparts, including 3D rendering. Android L also promises notifications on the lock screen (like iOS … Read more

Fox News review

The new version of Fox News comes with a significantly improved interface that makes it easier for you to digest news in text as well as media format. Apart from the wealth of news content available, you can also watch Fox's News Channel and Business Network live, provided that you have a cable/satellite/telco subscription.

Pros

Wealth of content: Fox News features a wide array of topics such as Politics, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle, and more, all of which are further divided into subtopics.

Improved interface: Having tried the earlier versions of the app, this new release is a … Read more

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

BBC News review

BBC News brings to your mobile device a wealth of news featured on the BBC official Web site, as well as on the World News television program and World Service radio. That said, it doesn't let you access all the content on the BBC News site, nor does it let you post comments.

Pros

Customizable home page: The BBC News app features a customizable home page that lets you choose which topics to follow and quickly access the latest top stories with just one tap. The categories you can add include regional news such as UK, Europe, U.S., &… Read more

The software week in review

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Threatdown

Heartbleed remains an open wound. Ars Technica reports that a month after the flaw's discovery, half of affected systems remain vulnerable to Heartbleed. Meanwhile, Pew Research finds that only 39% of Internet users changed their passwords because of Heartbleed.

Bitly accounts have been compromised -- go reset your passwords.

Symantec VP Brian Dye told the Wall Street JournalRead more

LuckNews for Mac review

LuckNews for Mac is an RSS reader that you can customize to help you stay up to date on the latest news from sites and blogs you follow. With its straightforward interface, this app gives you the news you're looking for as quickly and efficiently as possible.

To begin using this app, click the + icon located in the lower left-hand corner of the interface. This will open a pop-up window that you can use to enter the URL of the site you want to add. Next, a list of feeds from that URL will show up in the main … Read more

Why Facebook went for basic over bold with News Feed (Q&A)

After a year of waiting, you're finally getting a new News Feed -- except that it's not at all like the one you were originally promised.

Thursday, Facebook started rolling out an "updated" look to the desktop version of News Feed. The changes, announced with little fanfare in a blog post, amount to larger pictures and new fonts, and they represent a distinct about-face from the bigger, bolder News Feed that the social network unveiled with pomp and circumstance last year. That version, however, turned out to be too complex for the average person and was … Read more

Better late than never for Facebook's updated newsfeed

A newsfeed update more than 365 days in the making:

In this episode of Update:

-- Facebook finally rolls out newsfeed redesign

-- "Shaq-Fu" sequel that no one ever asked for

-- Drop a pretty penny on a new Samsung Tabpro

-- Jawbone Up24 apps

-- Wello case is your new doctor

-- Evernote opens up to handwriting

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what's ahead. Subscribe to the podcast via the links below. … Read more

Newspeg puts journalistic spin on Pinterest-style bookmarking

Pinterest can be a great way to bookmark and organize all your favorite celebrity photos, recipes, DIY inspirations, home-decorating tips, and videos of famous Internet cats. But for those who want to save and organize more serious articles, Newspeg may be for you. Created by journalists, for journalists, Newspeg skips the fluff pieces and goes straight to hard-hitting headlines.

Formerly a journalist at major newspapers including The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Examiner, Newspeg CEO and founder Mark Potts has a long history with digital news and is currently very active in the business of digital media. His latest endeavor is designed to be a way of sharing and saving news in a way that's useful to readers as well as publishers and journalists.… Read more