As part of its keynote in Las Vegas, Yahoo announced their new iOS app, News Digest, which condenses and delivers the day’s top news to users twice a day. The app is currently limited to the iPhone and iPod Touch and it puts a twist on the two-times-a-day news delivery format that has in some ways been usurped by the Internet’s instant and always-on coverage. Yahoo’s product manager for mobile and emerging products, Nick D’Aloisio, wrote the following in a Tumblr post regarding the matter:

We wanted Yahoo News Digest to revisit a content format that when read, led you to a sense of completion and conclusiveness, much like reading the newspaper did.
Seemingly taking lessons from Summly, Yahoo’s News Digest will offer up algorithmic summaries as well as editorial selection of relevant news articles. At the heart of the app are so-called “atoms,” which can be anything from article summaries, infographics, maps, videos, photos and more. Each story may contain any of these visual elements that supposedly help readers more efficiently consume content.

Aside from the background technology, News Digest offers two news roundups delivered in the morning and the evening. Each digest includes nine stories with associated atoms while a countdown timer denotes how long it will take for the next digest to arrive.


Those of you interested in downloading the 11 MB app can do so from the iOS App Store for free.

Source: iTunes