The future of news? My thoughts on Yahoo News Digest

When was the last time you picked up a news paper?

Years ago this used to be a daily event for many, I used to include myself in that but as the internet and smart phones took hold the need and access to instant news information kind of made the newspapers redundant for me.  I still like to buy the paper on occasions at the weekend for feature articles but not usually during the week.

For years now my main source for news stories has been Twitter for breaking news, and then the news websites for updates etc.  I know some people don't like the news as they think its full of doom and gloom but I love to keep up to date with current affairs, and Yahoo recently launched the newly badged summly, Yahoo News Digest.

At first I thought this is likely to be just another news app which will not offer me anything different than the rest, I was wrong.

For me this is brilliant, the app highlights the top news stories twice a day on the app, listening to Nick D'Aloisio describe the app during a recent Guardian tech podcast has convinced me that this will have more to come as well.  

The app uses built in algorithms as well as editors picking the stories and delivering them to you twice a day through the beautifully designed app.... clearly using the same team who designed the excellent Yahoo weather app.

Each story comes with different atoms (as they call them) that go more in-depth than you can get on social media but presented in an excellent way, you have expanded text as well as images and video all pulled from a variety of sources.

If you have not used it yet go and have a look, and think like me you will understand why this is creeping up the charts in the app store (currently no 4 at time of writing).

Unfortunately currently this is only available on iOS.