Paper news is in decline, and not without reason. With the plethora of electronic devices available to, and in possession of, the consumer, it is easier than ever to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the world.
Smartphones and tablets, the digital papers of today, perhaps lend themselves better to news reading on the go than any other digital platform, but reading the entire paper on your smartphone can be cumbersome to say the least.
That’s where news aggregators come in – news applications and websites that gather, and often curate, the most important tidbits of news growing in the ether. One of the best of these websites is Newser, and it’s recently made its appearance on your Windows Phone 7 as well.
Newser (that is, the the Newser website) has long been one of the most efficient ways to keep up with what’s happening in the world, with its editors condensing and curating the most important bits of news. Partnering with Nokia, Newser is now making its appearance on Windows Phone 7. Don’t worry, even if you don’t have a Nokia phone, you can still download and enjoy the Newser application.
Every day, the Newser editors push out 60 stories. These stories are then condensed and rewritten to fit into two paragraphs. If you want to read the full source article, and all the accompanying mumbo-jumbo, you can visit the news source at the bottom of the article (as shown in the screenshot), but in general the Newser article will tell you everything you need to know.
Latest, Popular & Breaking
Newser lets you browse its news articles conventionally through three different fronts; latest, popular and breaking. Latest, as the name implies, shows you the last stories pushed to Newser. More importantly, Newser keeps track of what stories were published since your last visit.
Popular is broken up in a number of categories, like World, US, Science and Health. You can also click through to ‘all popular stories‘, to view hot articles regardless of their creed. Breaking keeps you on top of what’s transpiring right now, showing ‘new news’, or so to speak.
The above three ways let you browse the news in a conventional way. However, one of the most interesting features of Newser are the Superlatives, which lets you browse articles based on what they meant to other readers. When you’re reading an article, swipe left to add comments, or vote on the article. This lets you voice ‘your take’ on the article, toggling tags like ‘hilarious’, ‘intriguing’, ‘depressing‘, and ‘brilliant‘.
The use of this? Instead of browsing the news by category, you can also browse the news by superlative. Here you can see the current divide of the articles, how they were voted by other readers. Choosing ‘brilliant‘, for example, will show you the articles other people thought brilliant.
How do you digest your news? Do you use your electronics, or are you not yet ready to leave the paper at home? Let us know in the comments below!