TWITTER MOMENTS

Until now, news on Twitter was only as good as the services you subscribed to. You could search for a topic, click “follow” and from then on see posts on that topic whenever you went to Twitter.com. Now they’ve added “Moments.” Moments are more like traditional news headings. Click “Moments” at the top left of your screen any time of the day or night to see what’s going on. When we clicked,  we saw travel stories, music, sports and political news. Usually there’s not much going on.

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MUSIC APPS

“Google Play Music” has free radio stations, and will store any music you upload for playback on any device. They start you out with a free trial subscription for their premium service, but you can continue listening for free if you choose to play music from their free stations. We thought they were excellent.

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GETTING THROUGH THE HUFFINGTON POST

An incensed reader wrote to complain about The Huffington Post’s requirement that you have a Facebook account before you can comment on their news articles. Well, it’s their business and no one has to use their site. But if you want to comment and you don’t do Facebook, here’s a workaround:

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ALL NEWS

VeryQuiet.com is a simple text only site with links to the top news headlines from dozens of sources, including BBC, NBC, ABC, Voice of America, NPR, Yahoo, Google, The Guardian, and more.

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ELDERS REACT TO GOOGLE GLASS

Yahoo.com/Tech has stories put together by former New York Times columnist David Pogue. We watched an amusing short video titled: “Elders React to Google Glass.” And we read about a New York state law that levies a $500 fine for taking “selfies” with arms around tigers. Apparently this has become a problem in New York; thank heavens the legislators are on top of it.

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READ IT LATER

“Pocket,” (formerly “ReaditLater”) lets you save videos, websites and articles to look at later. The ads are gone when you look at something later. This works on computers, Android phones and the iPhone too. Get the Pocket at GetPocket.com.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE ON ANDROID OR IPHONE

AP Mobile brings in the latest news and videos from the Associated Press. It’s free for iPad/iPhone and Android devices. Categories include world and local news, technology, health, science, show biz, “oddities,” business, sports and travel, etc. You can save items for later viewing.

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HAPPY APPS FOR NEWS

Google “Currents” is a free magazine app for Android devices, iPads and iPhones. It starts you out with six covers showing on the screen, and you get 180 more by tapping a button. There’s a “share” button for emailing or posting to Facebook. W

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SUMMIFY THIS

Summify is a new web site that brings you links to the top three news stories posted by your Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader contacts. It’s a one-page summary and can come in daily or whatever schedule you choose.

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THE DAILY LAUNCHES

Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad-only publication, The Daily, launched today. It’s been criticized for day-old “news” stories and sub-par writing. But we like it for one big reason: The offline content. Our Internet connection is very slow, shared in an apartment building full of students. But with this app, the content is still there when you’re not in range of a Wi-Fi connection and don’t have the 3G version of the iPad, as long as you went online for a bit first to give the stories a chance to download. This could change the way we feel about the iPad, which so far is getting use only when we’re traveling. Sure, there are other apps for saving offline content, but we […]

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