TechBit: Yahoo news digest app helps you quickly catch up

Yahoo’s latest news app makes use of the ideas and tech it picked up when it acquired the news aggregator Summly. Packaged in a slick, easy-to-read format, the app pulls the top stories of the day and can send push notifications to let you know when your digest is ready. The app also pulls video, Wikipedia articles, Twitter updates and maps to add context to the summaries, as well as links to the original content.

Competing with Circa and other news-digest apps, Yahoo is aiming for a more curated approach by limiting which stories get top billing. There is a spot for “extra news,” but it isn’t very customizable. Still, if you just want to quickly catch up, this app boils it all down for you — and even rewards you with a trivia treat when you’re done reading. Free, for iOS devices

TOPSHOTS A Nepalese reveller dances while covered in vermilion powder during the Bisket Jatra festival held in celebration of the Nepalese New Year in Thimi, some 10kms east of Kathmandu on April 15, 2014. The festival, which started on April 10 is celebrated for nine days by the ethnic Newar community in Thimi, Bhadgaun. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images

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