New on Flipboard for Android: Layout Density Controls

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Do you like to pack in information to be as efficient as possible, or would you rather lean back and give articles and photos full screen space? With today’s update, Android readers now have greater control over how much content appears on each page within Flipboard. Tap on the three dots (or the menu button on your device) to set your Layout Density: “high” means that you’ll see a maximum number of headlines per page; “low” means the content has the most room to breathe; and “smart” is the default option—meaning Flipboard’s layout engine determines the optimal story configuration per page. You can even select one layout setting for a specific section, and another for the rest of your Flipboard. Take a look:

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Brain Pickings Gets Made for Flipboard

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Maria Popova is one of the Internet’s finest hunter-gatherers. Powered by a curious mind and a deep appreciation for creativity, Popova’s Brain Pickings covers anything and everything that could be classified under “interestingness”—in other words, fascinating stuff that makes you feel smarter. Recent posts include Norman Mailer on the rat race of success and what true growth means, “the beauty of ugly and the whimsy of negative space” in David Hockney’s Brothers Grimm illustrations, and R. Crumb’s out-there depiction of Philip K. Dick’s hallucinatory spiritual journey. (Take that, listicle!)

Brain Pickings started as an email digest in 2006, and grew its following—she now gets 8-9M visitors a month —all while being 100% ad-free. (Popova has always run the site through donations and has had “day jobs” at an advertising agency and as a writer for publications like The Atlantic and Wired UK.) In 2012, Brain Pickings joined the Library of Congress’ permanent web archive, and she has been featured in The New York Times. Popova was also one of Flipboard’s earliest featured curators and first interviewees.

So after long admiring her work, we’re proud to be giving Brain Pickings a fresh platform on Flipboard, where it’s been paginated like any literature-loving site should be. You can also find it in our Arts & Culture and Books sections of the Content Guide.

Now get lost in a deep hole of interestingness…

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Let the Games Begin: XXII Winter Games on Flipboard

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Welcome to the 2014 Winter Olympics, which starts today in Sochi, Russia. And not a moment too soon. With a run-up that included terrorist threats, international opprobrium over Russian homophobia and claims that corruption has made this the most expensive Olympics ever, it’s safe to say that just about everyone is ready to focus their attention on the athletes and the competition.

Flipboard aims to be your resource for all things Olympics. Start with our magazine, updated daily around key events and storylines. Our sports curators will fill it with the best articles and videos they can find, galleries teeming with world-class photography, profiles of the athletes in the news, and more. In addition, we’ll feature our favorite user-made magazines in By Our Readers. We’ve even got local editions, in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian. (To change your region tap on Settings, then Content Guide Edition.)

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The Week in Review: On and Off the Runway

It’s that season again: New York Fashion Week for fall and winter 2014 began on February 6. After shows in Milan and Paris, the vibrant stage has come to NYC in its usual, bi-annual rotation. It’s a time for designers and brands to display their latest collections on the runway while the media takes note of the latest trends—and whips up a frenzy of interest and desire in the rest of us.

During Fashion Week, street fashion in the host city is almost as important as runway fashion. Stylish attendees brighten up every corner of the metropolis; everyone from magazine editors to off-duty models to celebrities sallies forth, bedecked in the latest designer threads…

Of course, Flipboard magazine curators, a sensibly stylish lot who are prone to notice everything, have been capturing every facet of this fashion season. Here are some of our favorite collections:

New York Fashion Week 2014 by Flipboard Club : An attractive roundup of highlights and runway pictures.

The Story of #NYFW by Beki Winchel and Shelby Hintze: Behind the scenes of Fashion Week—in pictures and stories about designers.

ELITE MODELS: OFF-DUTY by Elite World: Modeling agency Elite curates snapshots of off-duty models.

Mode femme by JPO2000: A snappy photo collection of chic and elegant celebrities and models on the street.

Ciao maschio! by FlipboardItalia: Articles about men’s collections in Milan and Paris.

Have a favorite magazine? Let us know by sending an email to featured@flipboard.com.

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Vogue Launches on Flipboard

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Vogue, the most influential fashion magazine in the world, makes its debut on Flipboard today. Read by more than 12 million people in the U.S., the monthly glossy is the flagship of Condé Nast’s magazine empire.

Vogue magazine predates Condé Nast’s ownership and began life at the end of the 19th century as a weekly magazine aimed at New York City’s elite. To keep its male readers engaged, it covered sports and social affairs as well as fashion. The young publisher Condé Montrose Nast bought the publication in 1909, turned it into a fashion fortnightly and began expanding its reach with overseas editions. While The Great Depression nearly wiped out Nast the man, Vogue magazine thrived. Anna Wintour became editor in chief in 1988, modernizing Vogue and cementing its position as the industry bible and offering a classic example of how magazine making is truly an art.

Articles and photo galleries from Vogue’s website are now paginated and otherwise customized for better reading on Flipboard. Tap the badge below to start reading it now.

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#flipshopping: Gifts for Loved Ones

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We all love the sentiment behind Valentine’s Day, but shopping for that gift that captures all of your feelings can be tricky. We’ve curated our picks for the best V-Day gifts, cards, outfits and decor right here.

Here are some highlights:

For more inspiration and gift ideas, check out these magazines from the Flipboard community has made magazines of things that may appeal to your boo.

Tap to view.

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The Week in Review: Looking Forward to Super Sunday

Now that the San Francisco 49ers will not be in Super Bowl XLVIII, the question is, will anyone bother to watch the championship game on Sunday. Kidding! We’re kidding! Of course you’ll want to watch the Denver Broncos take on the other team in what promises to be a fun afternoon for the whole family. And even if it’s not, there are always the commercials, right? And your brother-in-law’s “famous” moose chile?

Secretly, of course, we’re glad we aren’t freezing our tails off in the Meadowlands. That’s because here on Flipboard, it’s positively raining Super Bowl coverage. We seen a zillion fan mags (some of our favorites are listed below) and have even put together our own compendium of the best Super Bowl articles, videos and photo galleries, all in one ready-to-flip magazine. We’ve also mixed in a healthy blend of Twitter and Instagram posts as well as some of our favorite recipes. And if that weren’t enough, we’ve even compiled a flippable collection of commercials that aired during the Blessed Event, so you can pretend you saw them, even though you were in your bedroom jamming needles into your Seahawk kewpie doll. Go team.

Super Bowl XLVIII by the Flipboard Newsdesk: Recipes, ads and game analysis, it’s a magazine that covers everything from the prep and pageantry to the actual game. We’ll try to update it quarter by quarter, too.

The Super Bowl of Ads by Flipboard Features: The real Super Bowl attraction—the commercials—are all here, ready to flip, Check out what brands are doing with those $4 million, 30-second time slots.

And below are some of the best magazines our users have created on Flipboard:

Super Bowl: NFL Moments by Beki Winchel: Here’s a nifty co-curated magazine focusing on the signal events that led to the Super Bowl, from Peyton Manning’s playbook to adorable puppy commercials. Check here for comprehensive coverage of the Greatest Game Ever Played (in New Jersey).

Super Bowl Game-time Eats by Mary Lou Relle: It’s a fact that part of the Super Bowl experience is eating as many buffalo wings as you can before halftime, so that if you’re not crying from the joy of your team’s victory (or the sadness of defeat), you’re tearing up in pain and wallowing in regret as you loosen your belt buckle for the second time in the third quarter. Tap here for the best in Super Bowl savories.

Super Bowl Party by Victor Moruzzi: Are you hosting a party this year for your loud friends that you only kind of like (the TV screamers, the too-small-lucky-team-T-shirt-from-1983-wearers, the tortilla-chip-crumb leavers)? This mag’s for you.

Seattle Seahawks by Osprey: Look here to unleash obscure Seahawks stats on your family and friends.

Denver Broncos by Elayne Casados:: And here’s a quality Broncos magazine to rebut those loud ‘hawks fans.

Have a favorite magazine? Let us know by sending an email to featured@flipboard.com.

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On the Red Couch with Flipboard Photo Editor Steve Fine

When it comes to photo editing and picking the right shot, Steve Fine goes back to a piece of advice he was given early in his career: “You know it when you see it,” he says, recalling what a senior editor told him as he started working at Sports Illustrated, where he ultimately spent 17 years as Director of Photography. (Before that, he helmed the New York Times’ photo desk for nine years.)

During his storied career, the Manhattanite has anchored the photographic coverage of dozens of Olympics, Super Bowls and World Series—usually at the events themselves, on the field. He’s witnessed all kinds of sports history, from “Usain Bolt’s world-record sprints” to Super Bowl XLII’s iconic play dubbed “The Catch.”

Now Fine is Flipboard’s first-ever photo editor. You can find his work on @thephotodesk Flipboard account, as well as in sections like Flipboard Picks, News, The Craft of Photography, Weekend and more. Every day, he pores through a firehose of photography from The Associated Press, Getty and Reuters to assemble vibrant galleries around breaking stories and events. His week starts with Monday’s celebrity-oriented photo gallery and on Friday he publishes “The Week in Photos.” Subscribe to @thephotodesk to never miss his work.

With the Super Bowl days away and the Winter Games in Sochi soon to follow, we sat down with Fine to talk about what, exactly, photo editors do, the behind-the-scenes mayhem of getting the right shot, and what makes a photo truly special. Here’s what he had to say.

Follow Fine’s work by opening the section below:

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What’s New in Cover Stories

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In the coming days, you’ll start to see a new look and feel inside Cover Stories on Flipboard. Your stories will be organized by source, social network and topic. Groupings make it easy to catch up with the highlights, skip what you don’t want to read, and dive deeper when you want more. Use it as a starting point for everything you follow on Flipboard.

Start by flipping through your Cover Stories. Notice how story groups are indicated at the top of each page. Try tapping on the blue “More…” link at the bottom of the page to jump to a full feed. Your Cover Stories will learn how you use Flipboard; over time, it’ll feature content from the sections you pay most attention to more prominently, and you can always mute people in your Cover Stories. Here’s a peek:

You’ll start to see smarter ordering and groups inside other sections, too. For example, in The Weekend, a Flipboard-curated magazine about things to see and do, articles are grouped into topics like “Now in Theaters,” “What’s on TV,” “Sports Weekend,” “Sunday Reads” and more. We want to make it easy for you to get caught up with the best of Flipboard and discover hidden gems as well.

(The Weekend is best viewed on Flipboard on a mobile device.)

Look out for the new Cover Stories as we roll it out gradually. Let us know what you think about these or any features by emailing support@flipboard.com.

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Mashable Is Now Flippable

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Like so many people who become successful adults, Pete Cashmore struggled as a kid. When he was 13, he had an appendectomy—complications from it kept him mostly homebound for a number of years. To amuse himself, he sat in front of a computer at his parents’ home in Scotland. Since this was around the turn of the century, the computer turned out to be a portal to the world, and the teenager read everything he could about the information revolution. The Internet was beginning to show its social side when young Cashmore needed it most, and he moved in.

He dabbled in blogging, which was a new thing in those days, and wrote about his discoveries, and insights, in a plain English that attracted his fellow travellers. In 2005, at the age of 19, he launched a proper blog, called Mashable, which took off like a kayak in a flood. These days, “Cashmore’s blog” claims some 20 million readers a month and has become one of the most well-read and trusted technology-centric sites on the Web.

You can now read Mashable on Flipboard, where it has been paginated and otherwise made even more readable. Tap the badge below.

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