Thursday, March 17, 2011

Personalised iPad magazine

I've been away, fishing, and literally off the grid for a while in the far north of New Zealand. No cell phone coverage so definitely no internet. Sadly the fishing wasn't that great but as they say "a bad days fishing is better than a good day at work."
   I Came across an interesting app for my iPad called Zite. It's a personalisable magazine app a bit like Flipboard. But whereas Flipboard provides you with articles derived from the people you follow on Twitter, your Facebook friends and a range of web publications you select Zite provides content via subjects like: World News, Culture, Technology. You can also ask for articles on specific topics like "Apple" or "trout fishing". The big point of difference though is that Zite lets you say if you like an article or not and will learn your preferences with time.
  The interface is quite as slick as Flipboards but the ability to learn preferences is very interesting. As I've said before, why would I buy a magazine for my iPad when these apps provide a magazine experience for free.