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7 Apps to Stay in the Know…

October 23, 2010

1. YourVersion HD:

YourVersion HD is a great way to discover the latest content about the topics you care about on your iPad. YourVersion is a real-time discovery engine that continuously delivers the latest relevant content tailored to your specific interests. You type in your interest and YourVersion searches News, Blogs, Twitter, etc…to find any related information. You can view all your favorite content at once or filter it to your specifics. When you find something read worthy or share worthy, your options are just a click away. It is by far my favorite reader and like many of my favorite things, it’s free.

2. Twitter:

Discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world with the official Twitter for iPhone app. Real-time search, Top Tweets, trending topics and maps show what’s happening now everywhere and nearby. Tweet, send Direct Messages (DMs), share photos, videos and links to your friends, colleagues, and personal learning networks. I use Twitter to connect with my personal learning network by using “hash tags.” Has tags allow users to subscribe to common interests. Most hash tags are coded with the “#” symbol before the common interest. For example, our hash tag for the Region 6 Technology Group is #6tech. We simply type the tag at the end of the tweet, so those subscribed to see #6tech would see all the tweets with this tag. If you don’t have an account? Just sign up from the app!

3. Fluent News:

Fluent News aggregates made-for-mobile versions of top news sources into a single, intelligently organized, fully customizable mobile newspaper. It allows you to create up to 3 of your own custom sections based on keyword searches. You can also control the content by promoting one news source and disabling one news source. Fluent news displays complete articles without load-time delays, text pinching or leaving the application. I use Fluent News to follow trends in emerging technologies.

4. Pulse:

Pulse is an elegant news reading application for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It incorporates colorful panning story bars and fills them with content from your favorite sources. Pulse redefines news, giving you the opportunity to experience the news you desire from traditional sources, your favorite blogs and social networks – all in one beautiful interface.

Though there is a nominal price for Pulse, it is worth its weight in gold for finding content related websites. I use Pulse to follow my favorite blogs. I found most of those blogs from my Twitter personal learning network.

5. Web Feeds HD:

Web Feeds HD is a premier RSS reader for the iPad. Get all of your favorite news and blogs (RSS, RDF and ATOM feeds) delivered to the beautiful, Mail-like interface of Web Feeds HD, and you’ll be up to date wherever you go.
Enter the web address of the feed you wish to subscribe to or enter any web page address and Web Feeds will look through the page and automatically discover any feeds attached to it. You can also import feeds straight from your Google Reader account.

Feed items are displayed in beautiful HTML and you can also access the original page of the item from within Web Feeds HD without jumping over to Safari. Once synchronized, you can read the post summaries without an Internet connection (images are not synchronized, though). Find something interesting? Share it with your friends using Facebook, Twitter or Email or save it for later reference using InstaPaper, ReadItLater or Delicious.
I use Web Feeds HD to import all of my Google Reader blogs. These are not necessarily blogs I read daily, but I love to be able to scan them to see if there is anything new and noteworthy.

6. SkyGrid:

My new favorite news app. It allows you to see what’s hot right now. The Featured Streams feature shows the fastest spreading events, people, and topics across the Web. It is also customizable to see only the categories you want and you can add keywords. If you have found something worth sharing just click to send the story to Facebook, Twitter, or email. The patented technology behind SkyGrid uses a unique algorithm that determines Information Velocity, or the events, people, and topics spreading the fastest across the Web. I use SkyGrid to find the absolute latest and greatest. It allows me to find out what technologies are spreading like wild fire, so I can be in the know instantly.

7. Ted:

Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world. TED presents talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends. Find more than 700 TEDTalk videos (with more added each week) on the official TED app. Oh how I love to watch some of the incredibly innovative technology displays I have found on TED.

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