Weekend Reading: Holiday news roundup, AppHero, and discovering new things to do online

Happy New Year! Welcome to our first Weekend Reading edition of 2013. 

We thought we’d kick 2013 off with a blog post that will get you caught up with everything that happened online while you were distracted by the holidays, help you find the perfect apps for your new iOS device, and show you 9 cool things you can do online. Get up to speed with this week’s stories below. 

What you missed in tech news over the holidays

First things first, let’s get caught up with some of the biggest stories to emerge last week courtesy of The Next Web. In their roundup you can top tech stories you may have missed, including how many devices were activated on Christmas Day, what China made mandatory for all internet users, and Foursquare’s new privacy policy

As an added bonus, they’ve also included their picks for “Good Reads,” “Useful Guides,” and “Interesting Reads from Elsewhere.” 

Find the perfect apps for your new iOS device with AppHero

iPhone and iPads were undoubtedly one of the most in demand gifts this holiday season, and if you were lucky enough to get one, you’re probably wondering where to begin. 

One of the best things about Apple is their App Store – but with over 750,000 apps it can be a daunting task to figure out which ones you’d like to try. Our friends at The Cellular Guru found just the app to help with that though, aptly called “App Hero.” By linking this free app with your Facebook and Twitter accounts, it pulls in info about your interests and gives you a customized list of apps that might interest you. Bonus: download the apps directly from the app instead of being taken to the App Store. Try it out on iTunes now and let us know if you found it handy too. 

Betcha didn’t know you could do these 9 things online

Most of us have the hang of the internet these days – it’s become such a standard commodity we’ve even coined the phrase “Google it!” Yet Mashable still uncovered ways it can surprise us with some unlikely discoveries through their own “Googling.” 

Planning on popping the big question this year? Did you know you can figure out your girlfriend’s ring size online? Fancy yourself a bit of a sleuth? Create your own police sketches thanks to another online tool. Always wished you’d gotten into MIT? The university offers free online physics courses. Check out what else Mashable found and share it with friends – were you already aware of some of these? 

Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard

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  1. Bhupinder D

    Happy Weekend Reading!