Facebook’s Paper Lets You Read Brilliant Contents with Lots of Likes, on Mobile

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Some great contents are missed because people have not subscribed to the right sources. Facebook plans to bring you a chance to go through every important app with Paper, an individual iOS news reader app. A few days ago, the social media giant revealed this app, which is aimed at delivering human and algorithm-curated photos and articles in different categories, such as Tech, LOL, and Pop Culture. Facebook is going to celebrate its 10th birthday on February 4th, and the Paper is scheduled to be launched a day before on February 3rd.

Paper is the first app coming out of Facebook Creative Labs, an initiative to allow Facebook’s small teams come up with individual mobile experiences, similar to any active startups. Mark Zuckerberg, on the announcement date, discussed the strategy of conquering mobile with plenty of single-purpose experiences, and not stuffing more functionality into the core app of Facebook. The Facebook Creative Labs are just carrying out the strategy of Zuckerberg.

Facebook is officially launching Paper with a feature tour, blog post, and the vision video, which is embedded below.

How Paper Works?

Mark Zuckerberg has a desire to make Facebook modern day’s newspaper and Paper is the right step taken in this direction.

As soon as Paper is downloaded on your mobile phone, a virtual interface for the News Feed greets you. While videos and big photos are shown on the top half, status updates and link stories find a place at the bottom half. To browse through stories, you can swipe from right to left. A wonderful animation takes up the full screen and videos auto-play by tapping once. To return to the Paper feed, pinch the story and it folds back.

To make the contents really interesting, you can add “sections”, such as Score (sports), Cute (Buzzfeed-style lovely animals), Headline (world news), Planet (sustainability and earth porn), Exposure (photography), Ideas (intellectual themes), Enterprise (business).

Stories are picked by Human Editors

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Stories in each section is selected by the human editors of Facebook and influenced by the Paper algorithm publicly posted to Facebook by a blogger, public figure, or publication. This app also allows you to share your own stories.

Usually, on Facebook, people see posts from friends and subscribed pages, but Paper has been created to surprise you with a traditional newspaper experience on mobile. If you have missed a public content with lots of likes or that Paper editor considers as brilliant, Paper will bring the content to you.

Innovation is the key to success for Facebook. With this new app, Paper, the social media giant is trying to attract the new users and content creators, who had started ditching Facebook recently. If Paper tastes success, it will surely steal thunder from micro-blogging services.

5 Manufacturers that are yet to update to Android 4.4

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The new Android 4.4 KitKat version has already made its presence felt on various devices like the Google Play Edition Line, Nexus Line, Moto G, the Droid line, Moto X and the HTC One Developers and unlocked version. Manufactures have already announced that they will update their devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. They say that it should be accomplished by the end of January.

Here are the names of the devices that will receive the updated version of the operating system in the year 2014.

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LG

LG has not spoken much about their OS update to Android 4.4. However, there were rumors that the LG G2 had updated to the latest version of the OS in November or December, 2013 but they were dismissed and plans of releasing it early this year are on.

It appeared as if, LG had updated the OS onto the LG G2 devices, in South Korea, in December. But the rumors were not true and in turned out so that they had just released a few for an impromptu soak test. Very few owners received the update, about five percent. Updates should be available soon, in a few weeks. In Canada, the updates should roll out by March, but there is now news on updates in the US of A.

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HTC

HTC has proven to be extremely transparent as manufacturers in present times. It has kept its users updated on the Android 4.4; the devices include the HTC One Google Play Edition, the Unlocked Model and the Developers Edition. The company is also letting us in on the models that haven’t yet been updated. They have affirmed that all the US models of the HTC One should receive the update by the last part of January, 2014. Lately, the company has also released an infographic showing the process of the update. Also, the company is adding to the Android 4.4, its very own branded software. Once the process is complete, the devices will go into testing. The HTC Droid DNA has plans of updating the OS by the month of March.

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Samsung

Android updates for Samsung are still not certain as the manufacturer has not revealed any of its plans. The only Samsung device that is currently running on the Android 4.4 version is the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition. According to rumors, the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 are to update by the end of January. However, Samsung has not confirmed anything. Some rumors also say that the Note 3 has been running on the 4.4 version since November. Other devices that are supposedly being tested for updates are Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy Ace 3, Galaxy Fresh Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Fame, Galaxy Core and Galaxy S Advance.

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Motorola

According to Motorola the devices that will receive updates on the Android 4.4 in 2014 are Motorola Atrix HD, Motorola Droid Razr M (Developer Edition), Motorola Electrify M, Motorola Droid Razr HD and Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD. The devices that have updated to 4.4 are DROID Ultra, Moto G, DROID MAXX, Moto X and DROID Mini.

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Sony

Sony is going to update some of their devices like Xperia ZL, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Tablet Z. Some of their devices have already updated to the 4.3 Jelly Bean version and the next updated is on the cards.

Most devices, smartphones, tablets and phablets, are definitely going to be updated to the Android 4.4 KitKat version soon in the year 2014. Gadget freaks just have to wait and see when these updates are made.

An even faster Samsung Galaxy S4? Believe it!

Samsung, it seems, hasn’t tired of making waves at all, especially when it comes to their Smartphone range. This time around the buzz is all about the new, revamped Galaxy S4. Yes, you can believe your eyes. Even though the very recently launched S4 is still bright and shiny, just like a new penny, here comes another upgrade. And yes, it isn’t going to be very easy on the pocket either since it is supposed to be a tad more expensive than the first Galaxy S4. However, if you’re on the verge of buying a Galaxy S4 or already have one, then you’re not the kind that worries much about the cost, are you?

Well, to get to the point, the whole uproar is about speed. With the help of something called the ‘LTE advanced technology’ and a brand new processor from Qualcomm the new version of the Galaxy S4 is supposed to be very, very fast. How fast exactly? Multiply your current 4G connection by 2. Again, yes, believe it – it is touted to be twice as fast as 4G connections. And if you’ve finally tired of the colour white for your Smartphone, take heart as the S4 will also be available in a shade called “Aurora Red”.

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However with the sudden influx of high end smart phones from leading brands like Nokia, Apple, HTC etc. Samsung has realised that it may need to provide more variety. Hence three new models – the Galaxy S4 Zoom, the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy S4 Active – are in the pipeline. These are targeted at users who want something more than just a fast Smartphone.

The Galaxy S4 Mini will cater to those for whom the adage “the bigger the screen, the better” does not apply. Thankfully Samsung has woken up to the fact that not all high end Smart phones need to be hulk sized. The Galaxy S4 Active, geared towards those who treat their phones to some tough love, seems to be the answer to Sony’s dust and water proof Xperia. Finally the Galaxy S4 Zoom. This one is for those who can’t seem to make up their mind about whether their Smartphone can be a substitute for their camera. Though not quite pretty, and literally not a pocket friendly phone, it should find some takers.

With so many innovations, and so many new styles and functions, have you ever stopped to differentiate between the really useful features and the fluff? Drop us a line to let us know your thoughts.

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