Flipboard update aims at new users

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Flipboard announced a new upgrade to its content viewing application for the iPad. The app lets you pull in a variety of information including RSS feeds, Facebook and Twitter feeds and it turns them into highly visual flippable magazine-style publications.

I've made no secret about the fact that this is one of my favorite iPad applications and the update makes it even easier to use. For users who might not know where to get started, Flipboard has added a red ribbon in the top right-hand corner of the screen with suggested content including a 'Featured on Flipboard' section. You can mark any publication as a favorite, making it easy to find in the future.

And if you want to save a piece to read later, you can link to a service like Instapaper and mark any articles you like for later reading.

What's more, the Ribbon acts as a kind of Table of Contents for your personal favorites, which could come in handy as you build a list that spreads out over more than one page. Since Flipboard now enables you to have unlimited favorites, it makes this feature even more useful.

To get rid of the Ribbon when it's open, you simply flick it out of the way (although that might not be inherently clear to all users).

Flipboard also now lets you link to your LinkedIn account, giving you the ability to see your LinkedIn traffic in Flipboard's magazine style. The increasing integration with complimentary services is a hallmark of the best cloud services and Flipboard seems to understand this.

Overall, this is a nice incremental update. ReadWriteWeb reports that there are plans in the works to make it easier to find and discover new content moving forward. 

For more information:
- see the Flipboard blog post
- see the ReadWriteWeb article

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