The 10 Social News Apps You Need to Try

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Yahoo Livestand — This app gets the award for the most agonizing distance between technical virtuosity and actual usability. The interactive graphics, such as the sliding featured-content screen, are all programmed in HTML5, which is an amazing accomplishment that positions Yahoo well for future cross-platform publishing ventures. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that Yahoo put as much thought into how people actually want to browse and read. Pros: The overall design is modern and attractive. Cons: The selection of news sources inside the app is eccentric. The navigation scheme is unclear. Article text is set in a tiny typeface, surrounded by useless background elements. The app only works in landscape mode, which is just silly.

Wade Roush is Xconomy's chief correspondent and editor of Xconomy San Francisco. You can subscribe to his Google Group or e-mail him at Follow @wroush

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