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Taptu started off as a mobile search application aimed at helping users locate appropriate content for small-screened devices, with a particular focus on creating a user-friendly interface for touch screens. Now, the company is trying to make that even more apparent with My Taptu, an entertainment-centric app updated for iOS devices.
The main goal of My Taptu is to provide users with entertainment on the go while filtering out content that is not optimized for mobile devices. It accomplishes this by pulling in specific RSS feeds that are made for small screens, but if you search for something that doesn't have a mobile-optimized feed, the app will actually take full-size pages and compress them into a smaller format. The app is also designed to help you avoid information overload by letting you pick and choose exactly what info you want to pull in.
When you first launch My Taptu, you're greeted with a single screen that has a variety of prepopulated streams, such as "Food & Drink" and "Tech & Gadgets." (There's also a MyTaptu section, which provides handy tips for using the app--this is a good place to start.) Under each heading is a row of cards displaying a condensed bit of information, such as an article headline and photo. You can swipe up and down to scroll through rows, or left and right to scroll through cards. If you want to edit a row, there's an "Options" button that lets you delete, move, share, or update it. (Shaking your device will also update cards.)
Adding a new topic is as simple as tapping the plus symbol at the top of the screen. This takes you to the StreamStore where you can choose from a variety of popular feeds or search for a specific one via the search box at the top of the screen. The feeds come in two varieties: single, which pulls from a specific site (such as CNET), and mixed, which brings in content from a variety of sites under a particular topic (such as politics). Currently, the mixed streams are populated only by Taptu, but the service plans to add a feature allowing users to make their own mixes, kind of like a playlist for content. You would then be able to share these lists with other users as well.
Once you click on a card, the amount of info provided depends on the feed. Some have just a headline, while others provide a photo and blurb as well. Every page has a link back to the Web site that allows you to read the full story. You can also flip through the cards from this page, as well as bookmark and share articles via Facebook, Twitter, and more. It's also worth mentioning that the cards are all automatically cached so that you can still access some content while offline.
My Taptu is currently available in iTunes and is totally free. Currently, it's not even ad-supported, so now is the perfect time to check it out.
Taptu is a social news reader that puts all of the stuff you're into in one app. Taptu lets you add Facebook, Twitter and the content from your favorite web sites and blogs and transforms them into gorgeous visual streams.You can now sync your streams between multiple devices if you login to Taptu with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or G Reader.Mix & merge topical and your own streams in the StreamStudio or pep them up with more content using Taptu Magic.If you find news or a stream you like you can share with friends via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email.You can save articles for later using Instapaper, Read it Later or Taptus bookmarks to view them later on your browser at taptu.com.For our friends in Germany, France and Spain, we have now tailored topics and streams. The app is also available in the respective languages.== Reviews ==TechCrunch: "The design itself is sleek and clean, allowing you to separate each stream...If you are a power reader or a news junkie, Taptus app is the way to go. Not only does it allow you to access a large number of news sources (thousands), in an easy to read interface, but it allows you to personalize and customize your feeds"Wired.com: "Taptus secret sauce lets you mash up mixed streams...I didnt give up on it after some initial enthusiasm. I kept going back not only to read up on things but also to try things out that occurred to me randomly and to tinker with feeds"== Features === Getting started =* Weve got a step-by-step introductory guide to help you make the most out of Taptu and its cool features, create a user account to login, suggest streams that may be relevant, and show you how to add, mix and create streams tailored to your reading habits= Getting streams =* Finding streams: Plunge into our StreamStore where you'll discover streams of your favorite blogs and news sources, or create your own streams or search streams for the things you're into* Preview a stream before you add* Import from G Reader: Add up to 100 RSS feeds from G Reader* Heavy Reader? Add & mix as many streams as you like= DJ'ing your News=* Curate your own mixed streams: You can DJ your own mixed streams. You can build a stream from scratch, select and merge your favorite feeds from the StreamStore. Or you can edit the topic streams we've curated. You can even share them with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or email* Create a Search Stream with a keyword: Are you looking for something in particular within a specific context or source? You can create a search stream by simply filtering the relevant stream using a keyword= Taptu Magic =* Mixed and curated streams now learn your preferences! Suppose you have Taptu's sports stream and you're a big basketball fan but not so interested in baseball. Taptu will understand from your reading habits that you prefer basketball news and bias the stream towards that.And if you don't like this feature, you can always turn it off so that you you get absolutely everything.= Viewing and interacting with streams =* Two ways to view - grab a quick summary of the news article or read the full story on the web* Share with friends: You can share any story you like with your friends by posting it on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or by sending them an email. You can also save it using Taptu bookmarks and read it later on your browser or other device* Post a status, like and comment from your Facebook stream* Tweet, RT and reply from your Twitter stream* Like, comment and update your status on LinkedIn= Syncing between different devices =* Login to Taptu using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or G Reader and all the streams and the stories that you read can be imported on different devices== Feedback ==If you'd like to get in touch contact us at @taptu or firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow us on:Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/MyTaptuTwitter - http://twitter.com/taptuWeb - http://www.taptu.com
What's new in this version: - Improved speed- Interface improvements- Bug fixes
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