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Flipboard for the iPhone: Cool…and Unavailable


[UPDATE: Flipboard is working for me; the company says that folks with existing accounts should be able to get in, but it’s temporarily stopped registering new users.]

When Flipboard debuted for the iPad last year, it got so much attention that the company’s servers buckled under the load and the app didn’t work. And now, it’s deja vu all over again: After arriving in an excellent iPhone version yesterday evening, Flipboard has gone down. I’m getting the above on a freshly-installed copy of the iPhone version; on the iPad, the app is behaving oddly, sometimes going to the wrong section when I swipe.

Outages of this sort are almost a rite of passage for impressive new services. They generally bounce back pretty quickly, which leaves me wondering: If it’s so easy to add adequate capacity after the fact, why does it seem so tough to have it in the first place?


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First Look Flipboard Lands on the iPhone, Winningly

When social-magazine app Flipboard debuted on the iPad in July of last year, it instantly became the closest thing yet to a defining app for Apple’s new program–a beautifully-done program that was beautifully tailored to the platform’s strengths. It was hard to imagine it running on any other device.

Starting now, you don’t need to try and imagine what it might be like elsewhere: Flipboard is arriving on the iPhone. It should be available on the App Store around the time this post goes live.

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New Flipboard: Even Better!

My iPad is bursting at the seams with wonderful applications. If I had to pick just one of them as the romantic ideal of what a tablet app can and should be, it would be Flipboard. This “social magazine”–which brings together stuff from Facebook, Twitter, and the entire Web into a wonderfully browsable package–simply couldn’t have existed in the pre-iPad era. And its user interface is a thing of wonder: an amazingly polished, fun experience that both feels like a magazine and like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s not just the best one I’ve seen on an iPad app; it’s one of the best ones I’ve seen on anything.

Can you tell that I kind of like this program? Well, now I like it even more. The company is rolling out an update today, and cofounder Mike McCue briefed me on it last week and gave me the chance to spend a couple of days with it before it hit the App Store.

Flipboard hasn’t changed radically, but there are a bunch of improvements that make it even more….well, Flipboardy.

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Personalized Magazines: Neat!

My new Technologizer column on TIME.com is a look at personalized-magazine apps, including Flipboard, Taptu, and Zite for the iPad, and Genieo, which does somewhat similar things on Windows PCs and Macs…


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Flipboard: A Great iPad App Gets Even Better

Apple recently named the “social magazine” Flipboard as the iPad app of the year. That seems about right–it’s got an ingenious and addictive interface that makes reading stuff from Facebook, Twitter, and sites of all sorts relaxing in a way that the Web rarely is. Perhaps more than any single iPad magazine app from a traditional magazine publisher, it feel like a magazine of the future rather than a dead-tree product repurposed into digital form. (I also had fun nominating it for TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2010 and then writing it up.)

Tonight, Flipboard is getting even neater–the company is releasing a meaty new version of the app. For me at least, the big news is support for Google Reader. For the first time, it’s possible to read RSS feeds within the slick, browsable Flipboard interface. (Until now, the closest you could get was to find a site’s Twitter feed and plug that in.)

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Death by Fabulously Successful iOS Launch

It’s become a bizarre rite of passage: Interesting apps for the iPhone and iPad keep appearing, getting attention, and then being literally overwhelmed by consumer response.

The latest example: Skyfire, the smartphone browser that lets you watch some Flash videos on an iPhone. It hit the App Store on Wednesday. Then throngs of people read about it and downloaded it. The app, which is as much a service as a piece of software–it relies servers which translate Flash video into an iPhone-friendly format on the fly–stopped working in any sort of satisfactory way, and its creators yanked it from the App Store.

Now it’s back, sort of –they’re letting in new users in drips and drabs by putting Skyfire on the App Store and then taking it down and then putting it up again. (It seems to be up at the moment.)

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New and Improved Flipboard

Flipboard–the “social magazine” that’s one of the very most interesting new apps on the iPad or another other platform–has a new version in the App Store. It lets you add more sections, has some basic offline functionality, and lets you add a comment when you retweet a story. If you have an iPad, you need to try this program…


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FlipBoard Reviewed

Slate’s Farhad Manjoo really likes FlipBoard’s “social magazine” for the iPad. So do I: It had a bumpy launch, but seems to be working well for me. It’s fun right now–I spent part of my flight from New York to San Francisco yesterday relaxing with it–and the basic concept has infinite possibilities if the app gets smarter and smarter at figuring out what content is most important to you.)


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Flipboard Launches, Gets Overwhelmed, Regroups

Flipboard, the “social magazine” which I wrote about on Tuesday, remains a really cool, clever application–but its servers are struggling to keep up with all the iPad owners who want to check it out. For awhile, that resulted in some users simply being unable to get the app to work at all. Now the company has instituted an invite system: It says that the app’s standard content streams should now function smoothly, but that it’s letting people get access to their Facebook and Twitter feeds in groups.

If the standard hot-Web-startup scenario pans out, Flipboard will beef up its servers enough to make the app function well pretty quickly. It’s fascinating, though, just how hard it seems to be for companies to get this stuff right before they launch..


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Meet Flipboard, an Extremely Cool "Social Magazine" for the iPad

A new iPad app called Flipboard is launching tonight. It aims to put a fresh new interface on social content by giving it one of the most venerable interfaces of them all: that of a magazine–complete with a cover, sections, and pages full of stories you can flip through.

Flipboard gives you a section of photos and other items your friends have shared on Facebook and one based on your friends’ Twitter activity. You can also choose sections (based on Twitter lists) which pull in articles on topics such as politics, tech, and fashion–or plug in any Twitter account or Twitter list to create a custom section.

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