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.
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Taptu is a social news reader that puts all your favorite stuff in one app. Add your favorite web sites, blogs, and social networks like Facebook or Twitter, and see them transformed into gorgeous visual streams.Create highly personalised streams in the StreamStudio: Merge several news feeds into one stream, and rename and color-code that stream. Turn on Taptu Magic to let Taptu learn what you like and tailor your streams to your interests. Create customized keyword searches to keep you up to date on a specific topic.Read and reply to what your friends write on Facebook and Twitter.Save articles to read them later using Instapaper, Pocket or Taptu's bookmarks. Sync your streams across devices, platforms, and your browser at taptu.com. == 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, Taptu's 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: "Taptu's secret sauce lets you mash up mixed streams...I didn't 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 === Find and add streams =* Add streams: Choose from a huge variety of featured topical streams in our StreamStore. It's all free.* Find even more content using the search box and Bing RSS Search= StreamStudio =* DJ your News: Mix & merge streams and color-code them to your liking. Add and remove sources from Taptu's topical streams or create custom Search Streams by filtering your streams with a keyword.= Taptu Magic =* Make your streams more interesting: Let Taptu learn what you're into from your reading habits so we can make your streams more relevant to you. * Suppose you're into football but not tennis and you've added Taptu's sports stream. Taptu Magic will learn what articles you read and show you more football and less tennis. * You can still add and remove sources from your streams, and you can always switch off Taptu Magic, so you're in control.= Social networks =* Read your favorite social streams - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.* Share: Post articles and share streams to your friends.* Post to, like, comment or re-tweet from your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn streams== Feedback ==Found a bug, got stuck, have a suggestion? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow us on:Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/MyTaptuTwitter - http://twitter.com/taptuWeb - https://www.taptu.com