In 2010 Alphonso Labs, a company founded by two Stanford University students developed Pulse app and after three successful years i.e. in 2013 LinkedIn Corporation purchased this app from Alphonso Labs. Pulse is a news informatory app in which various RSS feeds from different sources are available for user. Both iOS and Android users can use this app without spending a penny. LinkedIn Pulse was only developed for smartphones but user can also use it on their PC by using Bluestack.
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Ankit Gupta and Akshay Kothari, students of Stanford University developed Pulse app for iPad, in May 2010 during their graduation period in Institute of Design. All of their work is carried under their own company named Alphonso Labs. In mean time the app became popular because of its easy UI, after which one more version Pulse mini was launched for iPhones, iPods and Android phones. Because of this unexpected response given by users Pulse managed to make its place in TIME’s Top 50 iPhones Apps of the year 2011 and in Techland’s 50 Best Android Applications of the year 2013.
In June 2010 i.e. just after a month of its official launch, Pulse app was removed from Apple’s App store because posting a content of ‘The New York Times’ on their app, as complained by ‘The New York Times’ officials to Apple. But on the same day Apple added Pulse back on their App Store after they removed that content from their app. In 2013, LinkedIn Corporation purchased this app from Alphonso Labs.
First update of Pulse came in 2011, with its second version Pulse 2.0. In this version user can access 60 news feeds, and user can also create different news sections according to their choice. After this version Alphonso Labs launched a web version of Pulse app developed by HTML5 and can be used on all web browsers easily. Some useful features were added in this web version but only for IE10 users, this was because of the contract between Microsoft and Alphonso Labs. Pulse 3.0 came after it and in this version Pulse introduced unlimited news feeds with a sidebar that user can use to switch from one page to another. LinkedIn Pulse 4.0 came in market after LinkedIn Corporation purchased Pulse. One thing that distracted users of this app is, LinkedIn changed the user interface as well as name of Pulse app to LinkedIn Pulse.
Coming on the features, LinkedIn Pulse offers user to easily read all the content present in the app for free. This app allows user to personalize their feeds by selecting it from unlimited sources. Another best feature is that user can like, share or comment on articles just by signing in with their LinkedIn account.
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How To Use LinkedIn Pulse On PC
LinkedIn Pulse can be used on PC with the help of an Android emulator known as Bluestacks. Follow the procedure given below.
- Users have to first download and install Bluestack on their PC.
- Once finished with it search for LinkedIn Pulse on Play Store and install it as well.
- That’s it! You can now use it on your PC by opening it up from My Apps section of Bluestacks.