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AOL Launches Flipboard Competitor, iPad Magazine Editions
By Apps / IO, 03 Aug 2011
AOL today launched Editions, its answer to popular iPad magazine apps like Flipboard that serves up personalized content to users.
Like Flipboard, Editions will let users pull in content from Twitter, Facebook and other news sources, but boasts more intelligent software. For example, users will be able to ‘teach’ the app which sources they like or don’t like and identify keywords that match their interests.
Articles will be presented in a formatted layout, but only for browsing mode. Once users tap an article, an in-app browser will launch to take them to the original website. For AOL-owned news, however, articles will be displayed on the app itself.
Interestingly, unlike Flipboard, Editions is designed to be read once per day; it has a finite amount of content it pulls across different categories. After each read, when users pick what kind of sources they like, the app will serve up a better-tailored suite of news.
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