TechBit: Yahoo news digest app helps you quickly catch up

January 11, 2014

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

Hayley Tsukayama

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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