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Friday, April 21, 2017

Pocket Bookmarking App

Pocket Bookmarking App

Pocket, previously known as Read It Later, is an application and service for managing a reading list of articles from the Internet.
The application allows the user to save an article or web page to remote servers for later reading. The article is then sent to the user's Pocket list (synced to all of their devices) for offline reading. Pocket removes clutter from articles and allows the user to adjust text settings for easier reading.
I like to read a lot of articles from my Google Now page/app on my phone. But, I'm also one that hates ads, and sometimes, ads can be dangerous. I've lost count of how many times I've been 'nailed' with a virus on my Android phone. (I haven't really gotten a virus from these ads, but I've been redirected to a page that makes it LOOK like I did)

I wanted a way to save the articles I found on my Google Now app without having to email the page links to myself, or paste them to a Google Keep note, so I can read them on my computer, where I do have ad-blocking extentions. So, what's a girl to do?

Enter Pocket, the bookmarking app that syncs across all platforms.

Any link I open through Google now on my phone has the option of 'Share' with the Pocket logo. Tapping on that saves it directly to the Pocket app, and then I can read it later from either my Chromebook or my Linux laptop, whatever I have booted up at the time.

Pocket strips the articles to a 'kindle' like experience, where it's JUST the articles themselves; no ads, one column, only pictures relate to the article themselves.

^^The Pocket web browser interface^^

The one feature I completely adore with the app, at least through the web browser interface, is the fact that Pocket asks you to confirm deletion of an article.

^^Pocket asking if you're sure you want to
delete the article you just read^^

This may be a nuisance for those with steady hands, but for those with spastic hands/arms, this one extra step can save them from deleting an article they didn't finish reading or that they wanted to save.

The biggest problem I see disabled people having with this is really on their mobile devices. If they have shaky hands, they may not be able to tap directly and accurately on the 'Share' button in their browser.

The Pocket app is available for OS X, Windows, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Kobo eReaders, and web browsers.

Best bookmarking app I have personally found

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