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Local News Aggregator NewsHunt Tracks Regional News in 12 Different Languages

Local News Aggregator NewsHunt Tracks Regional News in 12 Different Languages | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Newshunt is a news aggregator for smartphones, much like Flipboard or Pulse, but with the unique ability of being able to work with 12 different regional Indian languages that utilize special characters.


NewsHunt aggregates content from over 100 newspapers in 12 languages from India, Bangladesh and Africa.


Newshunt is capable of rendering different language characters across devices and OSes without requiring the specific device to support that language.


"It serves as a very helpful tool to get regional language newspaper especially for those users who dont have access to their favorite home town newspapers and want their content on the go."


NewsHunt works on all platforms and devices including J2ME, Symbian, Blackberry, Android & iOS. You can also access it directly on http://m.newshunt.com 


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://newshunt.com/ 


Read more about it on ZDNet: http://www.zdnet.com/in/newshunt-is-indias-flipboard-for-regional-content-7000019978/ 







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Curate Great-Looking Web Magazines From Mobile or Desktop with Flipboard 2

Now you can enjoy Flipboard magazines on the Web. Here's a quick tutorial about their basic features. To start browsing Web magazines, go to: https://flipboa...
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If you want to curate a cool-looking visual magazine on a specific topic, Flipboard offers a free, and very easy-to-use solution, potentially reaching a very large audience.


The real news is that the mobile-born app, is now available also on the Web, both for creating and editing new magazines as well as for reading them on any standard browser.


Use is extremely simple and straightforward. After you have created a new magazine on the topic of your choice, you can easily a) search through Flipboard curated content and "reflip" relevant items to your magazine, or b) use a dedicated button / bookmarklet to add "on-the-fly" web articles or videos to one or more of your mags.


The trade-in for all of this simplicity is very little opportunity for editing and personalization. You can't edit the title, add your image, or format your introductory comments, nor you can decide anything about how your curated content will be laid out and presented.


It is possible to invite other users to collaborate and contribute to your own magazines and  it's easy to share what you post in Flipboard also on your preferred social media (Facebook, Twitter).


Flipboard does an excellent job of curating the hundreds of thousands of visual magazines being created by picking, organizing and surfacing the best and most interesting ones. This approach provides a very effective solution to filtering out shallow, superficial and spammy content, in favor of truly memorable visual collections of pointers to great content.



My comment: Content curation on Flipboard is a 4-step process that even non-technical people can understand quite easily.


Flipboard it's as easy and simple to use as Pinterest. You find an interesting an article on a topic you cover? You tap the "+" button (on your smartphone) or click the "Flip it" button (desktop), you select an image, add a comment, pick in which magazine of yours to place it and you're done. 


Flipboard is a powerful tool because it makes it extremely easy to pick content and repackage it into a stunningly beautiful visual magazine that can be read and edited across any type of device.


The skills and ability of the Flipboard internal curation team makes all of the difference in making Flipboard a unique "open" source of high-quality curated content, organized by topics, presented in a stunning visual format. In this respect Flipboard is a significant step ahead of its direct competitors. That is, if you are looking for a quality source of content curated by users, Flipboard has something of value to provide.


Excellent solution for anyone who has an interest in curating a very elegant looking web visual magazine without having to learn anything new.


Limiting for anyone in need to have more control over sources management, content editing and personalization, distribution and white labelling options.



Free to use.


Find out more: https://flipboard.com/


Flipboard for Android


Flipboard for iOS


Web bookmarklet: https://share.flipboard.com/

with this bookmarklet installed on your browser you can use any Mac or PC to add new content, comments to your Flipboard-based visual magazines.


Flipboard magazine examples: https://flipboard.com/community/


FAQ: https://flipboard.com/support/


Video tutorials: https://flipboard.com/community/#test

P.S.: Even if you intend to use Flipboard from the web, you need a tablet or smartphone to sign-up and register for the service.







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trendspotter's comment, August 9, 2013 6:42 AM
Since Flipboard launched on the web the audience of my Flipboard magazine ( http://flip.it/7dXbs ) has grown from 1000 people to 8000 people. So for me this was a huge shift.
Robin Good's comment, August 9, 2013 7:00 AM
Thank you Trendspotter for sharing this valuable info. Much appreciated indeed.
trendspotter's comment, August 14, 2013 9:00 AM
To be fair. First the CEO of Flipboard had added my Future magazine to his personal list of his favorite magazines. Then some weeks later the team at Flipboard added my magazine in their new overview of officially recommended Flipboard user magazines, where I'm still listed here (https://flipboard.com/magazines/#tech-science) that is when my readership grew to 8000 people. Now I've noticed that my magazine is also showing up in the recommended list of tech magazines in the Flipboard app, next to large media sites like Ars Technica or Giga OM or TNW. That is when I grew to 10.000 readers.

So my point is: Flipboard starting the web version was not the only effect why I got so many new readers there. Basically the reason was their promotion of my magazine, which started when they started their web version.
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The Basic Flipboard Curation Guide

The Basic Flipboard Curation Guide | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Flipboard, as you probably already know, is a great app (available on iOS and Android) which not only allows you to read and keep yourself updated on your favorite topics in a fresh and highly visual experience, but, since recently, it also offers you the ability to become a "curator" of whatever topic you are into.


Your job is simply to pick great stuff you stumble upon and to save it into the appropriate magazine you have created. It's not conceptually much different than clicking a Facebook "like" button and adding your comment, but we the added option of generating in the meanwhile a beautifully laid out digital magazine.


The secret here, to do something that it is of some value, it is to choose on a very specific "theme/topic" and to get picky about what you choose to publish in your magazine(s).

In this useful article Sue Waters collects and curates some of the best tips, video tutorials and techniques to make the best of your Flipboard curation experience in a step-by-step guide.



Useful. Resourceful. Media-rich. 8/10


Full guide: http://theedublogger.com/2013/06/12/flipboard/




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Stephen Dale's curator insight, June 16, 2013 2:05 AM

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Flipboard (an App available for iOS and Android) is my favourite app for consuming and sharing inrormation. Relevence is improved by being able to choose the topics you want to follow, and liking or favouriting specific articles.

 

The recent addition of the Flipboard Editort now enables you to create and curate your own magazine, which you can share with others, or keep simply as a place for bookmarking.

 

In this article, Sue Waters provides a step by step guide on how to use and make the most of the Flipboard features. 

Nick Mortel's curator insight, June 21, 2013 4:32 AM

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MTD's curator insight, June 24, 2013 1:10 AM

We like Scoopit, but Flipboard is good too. Take a look!

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Curating Digital Magazines with Flipboard 2.0: More Noise or True Resources?

Flipboard founder Mike McCue gives you an inside look behind 2.0.
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If you haven't tried it yet, here is a cool video with Mike McCue from Flipboard, where he showcases all of the new features that make Flipboard 2.0 such a cool new publishing tool.


I think anyone who doesn't have an iPad should check this video clip out as to get a basic idea of what FlipBoard now does, when it comes to curation and publishing, and HOW it does it.


From my own viewpoint I can't disagree with the fact that there is no easier way today to create and put together a good looking curated magazine. At least if you have an iPhone or iPad.


If you listen closely to the things that Mike McCue says, the focus is clearly on creating a cool-looking magazine in the easiest and fastest possible way.


This is the critical point.


The fad to put together cool looking magazines may not last very long, as we have already seen that the quality of curated publications that require little or no effort to be put together is generally very shallow.


Curation requires time, attention to details and no desire to do things in the least possible time. It's like collecting stamps while driving. Something is not right.


So the question is open: is FlipBoard going to generate a tsunami of cool-looking image-based "noise", or after the initial rush, these newly mint curated magazines could actually become valuable resources and "points of reference" in their respective industries or interest niches?

What do you expect? What do you see?


Original video: http://youtu.be/I9dv5QVs2_c






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Jeff Domansky's comment, April 1, 2013 3:14 PM
Thanks for this post Robin. Sadly, curation without purpose is just noise. It's not the tool, it's the talent.
Robin Good's comment, April 1, 2013 11:10 PM
Can't disagree with that.
Farid Mheir's curator insight, April 20, 2013 11:53 AM

Read Robin Good comment, he is right on I think!

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A Curated FlipMag of Stunning Visual Images: My Cinemagraphs Flipboard Experiment

A Curated FlipMag of Stunning Visual Images: My Cinemagraphs Flipboard Experiment | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

"I-Kandi by Robin Good | A curated web-magazine of most elegant and inspiring cinemagraphs."

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I am convinced that the Flipboard paginated format and its high attention to visual design is an anticipation of things to come.


Just like Pinterest showed the way for an infinite number of look-alikes in more specific niches and applications, so I think that Flipboard has anticipated squarely a key emerging trend for digital publishing: highy visual design layouts that fit perfectly your screen size real-estate. 


This is why I have invested some time over the last few weeks to explore the Flipboard platform for content curation, a little more than I had done before. 


In the effort to leverage Flipboard outstanding visual layout abilities I opted for creating, amog others, a flip mag that would incorporate only images. A collection of the most elegant and inspiring "cinemagraphs" that I can find on the Internet.


Cinemagraphs are unique images that are partly photographs and partly video. 


Even though, Flipboard does not yet offer any tool to control precisely where each image will appear in the publication, or what kind of layout each page will have, the results that I have been able to achieve make me optimistic about what it will be possible to do once Flipboard opens up a full web-based editor to control many of these visual aspects.


Here it is: http://flip.it/7mBGA 




P.S.: Let me know what you think, and if you like it, please share it and subscribe to it. It's free.


N.B:: To obtain the best visual effect, I have sourced the images from their original URLs, most times outside of the article in which they appeared. So while there remains a link to all source images, it may not be readily apparent from what site, author or magazine this cinemagraph have been sourced. Being all of these images nothing short of small artworks I am looking for the best way to credit the original authors and publishers without having to add time consuming procedures.  


For more info on Flipboard check: http://sco.lt/8INYMz 





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Robin Good's comment, August 21, 2013 11:40 AM
Thank you Elia!
SASFOR's comment, September 3, 2013 7:15 AM
Creative indeed!
Robin Good's comment, September 3, 2013 7:32 AM
Thank you!
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Flipboard-Like Tool Creates Beautiful Curated Magazines for the Web: NOOWIT

Flipboard-Like Tool Creates Beautiful Curated Magazines for the Web: NOOWIT | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Noowit is a new curation and publishing platform that allows you to do on the web something very similar to what Flipboard allows you to do with your smartphone or tablet. You can curate a beautiful-looking web magazine, by selecting content from its internal news discovery engine or by clipping any content you find on the web with the dedicated NOOWIT bookmarklet.


On the backend you can select individual topics, authors and specific sources you want to subscribe to, to keep yourself informed. You can provide specific RSS feeds or import your collection of RSS subscriptions.


You can create multiple content sections inside a magazine and when you add new content you can easily decide in which section it is going to end up.


A swift navigation scheme provides almost seamless integration between the excerpted content that appears in the magazine and the full, original resource that you can navigate to without losing touch with the rest of the magazine.


NOOWIT magazines can be set to be public or private and they can be viewed across devices and screen of all sizes.


Like on Flipboard it is not possible to edit, modify or add to content that you pick and select to be added to your magazines.


My comment: NOOWIT easily creates great-looking digital magazines of your selected articles and resources. It is a great tool for anyone wanting to create easily a "splashy" curated digital magazine that looks great across devices with the minimum effort possible.



Private beta: http://www.noowit.com/


Preview: http://www.noowit.com/pbeta


Example I created: http://www.noowit.com/RobinGood





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Lisa Belfield's curator insight, July 4, 2013 10:13 PM

Great classroom possibilities

Lisa Belfield's curator insight, July 4, 2013 10:14 PM

Great classroom possibiliities

Josette Williams's curator insight, July 5, 2013 1:59 PM

This is the best innovative curation tool for creating your magazine for the web.  Check out NOOWIT.  Thanks Robin Good!

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Start Curating Your Flipboard Magazine Without an iPad: Introducing the Flipboard Editor on the Web



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You can now curate your own Flipboard magazine directly from your preferred web browser, thanks to the release of the new Flipboard Editor, which allows you to modify, delete and check stats for your magazines and individual clips.


To add new content to your magazines you can install the "Flip it" bookmarklet which allows you to grab any web page, video or other piece of content you find on the web and that you want to be added to one of your Flipboard magazines.

P.S.: The bookmarklet still leaves something to be desired as it often fails to pick up a relevant image from the web pages you point it to, nor offers the option to associate some other image alternatively. To be improved.



Free to use.


Flipboard Editor: https://editor.flipboard.com/


Bookmarklet: https://share.flipboard.com/


FAQ: https://editor.flipboard.com/faq


Content Curation World sample on Flipboard: http://flip.it/Q4i5d





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Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:13 AM

Love Flipboard. This new feature opens up a whole new world for content curation.

Víctor V. Valera Jiménez's curator insight, May 17, 2013 4:31 PM

Ahora ya no hace falta disponer de un Ipad o una tablet o smartphone para realizar nuestra propia revista en Flipboard, ya que con el nuevo editor online en la web de esta conocida herramienta, podremos realizar nuestra propia curación desde nuestro ordenador.

 

Este vídeo nos da una pequeña introducción de como empezar a usar este editor en la web de Flipboard, mediante el botón o "bookmarklet" que se puede instalar en la barra de favoritos de nuestro navegador para ir capturando los contenidos que nos parezcan interesantes para nuestra publicación.

Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, May 23, 2013 6:42 AM

now this is really cool and useful.

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Curate Your Own Magazine with the New Flipboard

Curate Your Own Magazine with the New Flipboard | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Your Social Magazine. Available for iPad, iPhone & Android.
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FlipBoard, the iOS app that allows you to find, discover and subscribe to the news you are interested in, is now ready to make everyone a publisher / curator too.


FastCompany reports: Flipboard is opening the floodgates and enabling any user to create a collection of media. The new version of Flipboard, says Flipboard CEO Mike McCue, "allows anyone to effectively build their own magazine on Flipboard. They can pull together content under any topic they're passionate about--[and share] other articles, photos, videos, music--pretty much anything."


"It's simple to start your own magazine on Flipboard. Just hit the app's new + button to create a digital rag, give it a title and description, and select a category.


From there, as you browse Flipboard, it's easy to add an article or YouTube video or photo to your own magazine; a cover image will automatically be created for your custom magazine, too.


Other Flipboard users can subscribe to your magazine, and you'll get notifications for when a user comments on a piece of content and also will receive stats such as how many page flips your magazine is seeing. "A community starts to build around this content," McCue says."

Source: FastCompany


Find out more: http://flipboard.com/


AppStore download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipboard-your-social-news/id358801284


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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, March 31, 2013 4:54 PM

A great way to aggregate and present content to students.  Or even better, flip that process and have students create their own content collections.

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, March 31, 2013 4:54 PM

A great way to aggregate and present content to students.  Or even better, flip that process and have students create their own content collections.

Robin Martin's curator insight, April 1, 2013 1:43 PM

Will definitely try this one out!