Amazon has just launched its latest Kindle — called ‘Oasis’ — and its got folks drooling over the thinness of the new version: at 3.4 mm, it is, quite literally, as thick as a fingernail! Verge‘s review though calls it out on it being non-waterproof, unlike the latest Nook, and with a price of $290, it says, ‘the Oasis is meant to be the first desirable e-reader, marketed with its visual and tactile appeal instead of with its functional role in our lives. It’s appealing to customers who want a digital reading experience to feel more like a holding a well-crafted book and are willing to pay a premium for it.’
Journalism gets a Spotify! A new app called Blendle has partnered with the top media outlets in the US to bring out the best in journalism, with editors of news publications selecting the best stories of the day across news outlets. Users will also be allowed to curate their own material, and every morning, you’ll receive a mail with the best stories of the day chosen by your preferences. It’s currently in beta mode in the US, but we hope to see it soon here.
You know how you’ve to struggle to find the ‘Save for Later’ option on your Facebook app? Facebook has finally decided it will introduce a ‘Save to Facebook button for the web. Publishers can now add the button to their standard article templates, and whenever a user taps the button, it will save the article or video directly to their Facebook queue.’
Facebook seems to be moving quite swiftly these days: it has opened up its ‘Instant Articles’ option to all publishers now; although the service was earlier available, it was open only to a few select publishers. Facebook said in a statement: ‘Opening up Instant Articles will allow any publisher to tell great stories, that load quickly, to people all over the world. With Instant Articles, they can do this while retaining control over the experience, their ads and their data.’