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LinkedIn Pulse

by Alphonso Labs Inc.
Rated: Guidance Suggested
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 4.0.3
  • 4.0
  • - A new streamlined reading experience and simplified navigation make it even easier to discover compelling professional content.
  • - Sign in with your LinkedIn account to easily save, discover and share with your professional network. Discuss what's trending with millions of professionals worldwide
  • - Your content, everywhere. Sign in with LinkedIn and the app will deliver articles from channels you follow on the site and people in your network.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004I3VWOI
  • Release Date: March 16, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
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Product Features

  • - Easily browse thousands of trusted sources, from major publications and LinkedIn Influencers to blogs and beyond
  • - Discover insightful content from Pulse's comprehensive catalog of thousands of sources. New and noteworthy publishers and Influencers each week
  • - Customize feeds based on your interests to get fresh, personalized content delivered daily. You can also directly import your Reader RSS feeds
  • - Share with your favorite networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Tumblr
  • - Sync your sources. When you login with LinkedIn you ensure that what you follow and save is available on all your devices. Saved stories can also be sent to Pocket, Evernote, Instapaper, or Readability
  • - No Internet? No problem. Pulse effortlessly loads the stories you read so they're ready whenever and wherever you are

Product Description

Pulse by LinkedIn is the professional news app tailored to you. Pulse allows you to customize your news reading experience, easily explore compelling professional content, and share stories to your favorite social networks. Sign in with your LinkedIn account to sync what you’re already following, save articles, and join the conversation.

Get up to speed in one news feed: get Pulse.

What’s New:

- A new streamlined reading experience and simplified navigation make it even easier to discover compelling professional content.
- Sign in with your LinkedIn account to easily save, discover and share with your professional network. Discuss what’s trending with millions of professionals worldwide
- Your content, everywhere. Sign in with LinkedIn and the app will deliver articles from channels you follow on the site and people in your network.

Features:

- Easily browse thousands of trusted sources, from major publications and LinkedIn Influencers to blogs and beyond
- Discover insightful content from Pulse’s comprehensive catalog of thousands of sources. New and noteworthy publishers and Influencers each week
- Customize feeds based on your interests to get fresh, personalized content delivered daily. You can also directly import your Reader RSS feeds
- Share with your favorite networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Tumblr
- Sync your sources. When you login with LinkedIn you ensure that what you follow and save is available on all your devices. Saved stories can also be sent to Pocket, Evernote, Instapaper, or Readability
- No Internet? No problem. Pulse effortlessly loads the stories you read so they’re ready whenever and wherever you are

Technical Details

  • Size: 6.1MB
  • Version: 4.0.3
  • Developed By: Alphonso Labs Inc. (Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window)
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Read the sync settings
    • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 1 minute

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Runs perpetually October 3, 2011
By DuBois
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CONS:

(1) I have a low-end smartphone with limited memory, so I want that memory dedicated to the apps that I am actively using. Having multiple apps running in the background increases my risk of running out of memory and being put in a forced close situation. Once you start "pulse", it runs perpetually in the background updating your feeds. But I don't want this. What I want is for the app to update my feeds when I start it, and then when I'm done reading my feeds, I want to be able to really quit the app.

(2) You can't customize the font size of the articles - an important feature for those of us in the bifocal set. I can understand that the font has to be a set size in the overview of all the articles in a folder, but when I select an article so I'm just reading that one, I can't see any reason for not letting me set the font size.

(3) Similar to the FlipBook on the iPad, it seems that there is no personal record of which articles I've already read. It always shows the most recent articles. If you are way behind in a feed, you can't access your older, unread items. On the other hand if you'd like to mark even more recent articles "read" so they'll disappear from your reader, this isn't the best choice of apps.

PROS:

The actual user interface is attractive and intuitive, at least after you have your feeds set up. I suspect it is even more slick to use on a tablet than on a phone which is where I'm using it.

ALTERNATE RSS READER

I ended up going with "Feedly" because it does allow the user to really quit the app, customize the font size, and mark articles as "read". I don't think it is as pretty as "pulse", but this functionality is more important to me than prettiness.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get the news March 22, 2011
Its a really pretty app. All of my RSS feeds are in one, clean space that I can quickly check on the go. it does download pictures though, so set your refresh rate accordingly with your data plan.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Android tablets April 9, 2011
This is one of my favorites for my Android Tablet. Great integration with other sharing apps, and very good interface
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Used to be good, no longer is October 15, 2013
Pulse started out as a very attractive and easy to use news aggregator. Somewhere along the way, it lost its ease of use and became a bloated, difficult to use application. Its constant need to update itself, its bloated memory usage, and its unnecessary features have turned it into a must-avoid application.

The program's poor memory management is one of those faults that the average user will not understand, but they will experience the frustrations caused by it as their device slows down...more and more and more over time. The push to social network integration awhile ago rendered the program much less useful - it used to be my go-to app for getting my daily news. But as the "Share on Facebook" and "Tweet This" buttons began pushing themselves on to my news scan more and more, the less I used the program. I have since abandoned it and would suggest that if you haven't already installed it, don't. If you have installed it, uninstall (if you can - oh, did I mention that nifty little "feature"? - on some devices you cannot uninstall it; one more failure for this app).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This app comes pre installed on the kindle fire. the only "bloat" amazon put on the fire. It is not removable, and you can not turn it off. It syncs with the pulse team sending them personal information (who and what) at least every 12 hours, with no option to turn it off. 1 star for that, sorry pulse, but you need to have an option to not send personal info back to yourself, and the only 1 star feature for the kindle fire.

oh, and maybe because they know people don't like being forced to have something they do not want, pulse is not shown in the kindle fire app store, so you can't leave this review from your kindle :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, but the Fire app crashes constantly February 4, 2013
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I love the way pulse is set up, and I've used their website for quite a while, so when I got my fire I thought I'd just use the app instead.

Unfortunately, their app for the Fire is incredibly unreliable - it crashes at least a couple of times a day, and I have to restart it and try to re-find the article that I was reading. It's a bit annoying, to say the least.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best App on my Kindle Fire March 23, 2012
I enjoy this app more than anything else I have on my Kindle Fire. Such a great format and very easy to customize.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Love the concept. Used it all the time on my first Kindle Fire 7". Content is growing very fast. Read from it nightly until the new version on the new HD Fire 8.9". Now I'll be reading and it will suddenly pop up a screen telling me Pulse is no longer working. Then it freezes my device and I have to totally shut it down. This is happening about every other day. Not sure if it's Amazon Fire's issue or if it's Pulse application issue. But either way, I can't give Pulse News high ratings until Amazon/Kindle and Pulse have patched things up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A great app that is now almost dead.
I have this on my kindle fire. It used to be a great news aggregator but each update has seemed to cause more and more crashes, freezes and looping stories! Read more
Published 4 days ago by Nabber
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice.
This a great app. I like being able to choose what I can see in the feed.
Published 5 days ago by K.B.P.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
After using the old version of Pulse, it took a little to get used to
Published 6 days ago by lionsn09
1.0 out of 5 stars Was great. Now bug ridden junk.
I used to love this app before LinkedIn destroyed it. Now it is next to useless. You have to sign up and log in to even use it. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Hayduke453
5.0 out of 5 stars Wealth of information.
Enjoy the TED lectures and big data sections.
Published 1 month ago by Curt Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Spammy
I really like LinkedIn piles, but this app issues a daily "alert" which can't be disbled. It really doesn't qualify as an alert. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TimH
4.0 out of 5 stars Pulse!
A very practical App.
Published 1 month ago by Amul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is a good app if you can get your kindle in a service area, which is rare.
Published 2 months ago by Oscar Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars daily user
Love getting all sorts of news feeds on this app. It has everything I'm interested in plus more all in one place. I check it very day.
Published 2 months ago by Pops944
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love reading my blog and techie sites or anything else on this page super easy to use.
Published 2 months ago by Jorge Martinez
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