Sorting your daily dose of news into small, bite-sized chunks can be a bit of a pain at times. You either download an app, go through the mobile version of the newspaper website or heck – you could even buy one of those “paper versions” ;)
The people at Newscron recently sent us a press release which grabbed our attention because they used the following phrase to describe the state of newspaper publishers today…
Newspapers have gone from all powerful, omniscient Fourth Estate to insecure pubescent adolescent staring at itself in the mirror knowing its body is undergoing ‘changes’ but unsure as to what it is becoming.
Wowzer. Check that out! How can we not review an app when it has that intro?
So, we had to give their app a try. Put simply, it’ll let to create your own custom news feed which pulls news from various sources around the web. You can access this through your account if you wish, but thankfully they’ve made that step optional so I skipped it. Once you’re in you’re presented with a range of sliders which let you get more or less of the news category in question like so..
As you can see, I can slide each topic up or down to get more or less of each. Then, after saving your settings, you get this main page showing the various topics and new stories that have been selected based on your settings.
It’s a clean and clear interface which is uncluttered and easy to navigate. I’ve found that the articles plus the intro text is loaded up in one go, so it makes things a lot quicker. This really helps if you’re going through a tunnel on the Tube and it speeds up the app – no more hanging while the app grabs data from the web.
Your desired news categories are grouped together – this isn’t news from just your favourite newspaper, but news based on your preferences from across the country or countries you’ve selected.
Click on a story from your custom front-page and you get a snippet of the story in question. If you want the whole story then it’s just a matter of clicking further and you’ll get a mobile version of the story, minus all the adverts and usual newspaper website guff. Should you want to actually travel through to the “real” and original source of the story (the newspaper website), there’s then a big blue button to take you through..
I like the fact that we don’t need several different news apps and it’s so easy to get the type of news you want. But hey, don’t just listen to me, give it a try yourself. It’s available for Android or iPhone
Newscron releases its new version, which includes newspapers from the UK and Spain
Lugano/Milan/Zurich, 11.04.2013 Good news for Newscron users and for newspaper readers in general: Newscron SA launches a new version, which now includes newspapers, magazines and blogs from the UK and Spain. After its launch in Italy, Spain, Germany and France, the first multilingual news aggregator/curator is now available for English and Spanish speakers. Today, over 1 million articles have been read using Newscron. Newscron is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and web desktop.
Newscron is a revolutionary App that aggregates news from newspapers based on user’s preferences, in a way to give the readers complete, structured and updated information from different sources. “An excellent semantic aggregator, multilingual – a very important function for me. Since I have been using it, I have had an easier and quicker access to information” Bruno Giussani, CEO TED Europe.
Newscron is a semantic news aggregator that allows users to read newspapers, magazines and blogs using one App only. You will no longer have to download and manage several news apps: your favourite newspapers and magazines, as well as local and international news, will now be available through Newscron! The app can be customized according to your individual preferences. Newscron was created to make news reading simple and avoid the overlapping of information: thanks to its unique and powerful semantic algorithm, developed at ETH in Zurich by Elia Palme, CEO, the app is able to filter and organize the news by grouping articles related to the same topic in ‘’stories’’, which allows you to follow the evolution of a story in the timeline and keeps you from reading the same article twice.
Last month, over 1.3 articles have been read using Newscron; the app is currently available in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Austria, Belgium on iPhone, iPad, Android and web desktop. “If you haven’t tried Newscron yet, go to our website (or to Google Play/iTunes), download the app and give it a try! I am convinced Newscron will quickly become the most useful within all your favourite apps.’’ (Patrick Lardi, COO at Newscron).