App Review: Yahoo News Digest

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You know what it’s like.  You find yourself in bed perusing the App Store for new apps to download and there’s always that one app that keeps showing up over and over again in the ‘Best New Apps’ recommendations that you try to ignore but after its 15th sighting, you give in and download it.

Yahoo News Digest is one of those apps for me.

I fought it…I did but I caved and now I’m glad I did.

Yahoo News Digest is by far the most beautiful news app I’ve seen to date.  It embodies the minimal sophistication of iOS7 and makes you feel as though it should have come pre-installed as a default app with the phone.  Over exaggeration?  Possibly but I am impressed to say the least.

Following in Marisa Meyers’ new business model of ‘BUY ALL THE THINGS!’. Yahoo acquired Summly from 17-year old Nick D”Aloisio for (an estimated) $30 million dollars back in March of 2013.  Summly was an app that featured news snippets instead of full length articles making them better suited for mobile devices.

Ah, I see what you did there Yahoo.

While Yahoo News Digest lacks the customization of Flipboard or Circa, YND uses a system of algorithms and human editors to decide what is breaking news and presents nine different sets of top news stories two times a day; once at 8am and again at 6pm EST (times also not customizable).  The topics vary from world news to politics to tech.  Included in most articles are media that support the article called ‘atoms’.  These tidbits vary from infographics to Wikipedia excerpts to stock tickers.  There is also a ‘read more news’ section at the bottom of the feed that appears after all the stories are read (or browsed through) on the ‘Did You Know’ green screen.

Final Thoughts:

I give this app a 9 (1 to 10 scale): While some may not be to thrilled with the lack of customization options (which is very un-Yahoo like) , this app pairs beautifully with the ever popular Yahoo Weather, both apps looking as though they were built for iOS.  YHD is an iOS only app as of the date of this review but there are rumblings that it is soon coming to Android.  Before you completely rule out Yahoo News Digest, I suggest you give it a try for a week and see if it fits into your daily mobile routine.

Is anyone out there a current user?  If so I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Thanks for reading! Hit the logo below to pick it up on the App Store.


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