Measuring the Competition.


Competition…something the world has thrived off for centuries. It is the desire to succeed further, to create intelligent fairness, and to never conclude. Competition is a necessity in all aspect of our lives… including our news.

Everyday we search in continuous categories and endless corners of life to accomplish the goals of bettering others and ourselves. We do this because we know that knowledge is key. We do this because we know that knowledge of the world around us, and its current state, is imperative to making strong and beneficial decisions for everyone.

Think about if you spent your entire day searching the web for the perfect article, on the subject you are interested in, the subject you feel will propel your life with the greatest advance. That would take hours of research. You would have to read every article out there and then decide which one had the information that was applicable to your wants and needs. Not only that, you would have to do it every day to get the most out of your news… that would take a life time in itself.

But what if you had the opportunity to do this on the go, and had an application that recognized such desires and interests? What if this app began molding your own channel for the daily news, a channel that could help you excel in your individual path?

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Out With The Old, and In With The New

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You’ve read up on how newspapers and news radio stations are becoming less and less popular for news consumption among the younger generations. You’ve seen the statistics on the increasing trend of getting daily news via mobile devices, and the use of several devices to gauge reactions and compare viewpoints and opinions.

Daily Steak is the next generation of news apps. Not only does Daily Steak have a Pandora-like algorithm to find you the most interesting and relevant news personalized to your tastes, but it also provides short headlining summaries of each story. Keeping it short and simple isn’t all it can do, because you can choose to delve deeper into the story by drilling into the full article after hearing the shortened summary of it. Then you can compare multiple perspectives, using it as a vantage point to oversee all opinions and allowing you to gather information to form your own opinions.

With such a huge advantage, Daily Steak is available to replace old technologies of news consumption. But how will Daily Steak improve and keep itself “new” in our society of ever-changing technological advancements? Will it come with voice control? Will it expand to using videos?

Do you agree with Daily Steak possibly being a replacement to older forms of news consumption?

Do You Perceive Media Bias?

Journalism was founded on a number of principles, two of which include trust and credibility. In the fiery storm of political issues, unbiased news sources are seemingly hard to find. In a society where corruption cannot be entirely abolished, opinions could be easily bought and votes could be forcibly swung. Though not all cases are at such extreme measures, it doesn’t mean that there exists only unbiased news reporting.

In fact, even those who consume news perceive media bias in certain channels. In 2012, 37% of Americans agree that there is political bias in news coverage; this number rose from 31% in just 4 years. In addition, about 49% of Republicans see a great deal of media bias, while only 32% of Democrats do.

What we also see is talk about over-correction in media bias. As more and more people perceive the existence of news bias, media channels try to salvage their image by “correcting their bias”, and thus bring biased news when there wasn’t any to begin with.

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Multiple Perspectives and App Designs Across Mobile Devices

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Cubism, pioneered by art legends Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, depicts a subject from a multitude of viewpoints. By design, the multiple vantage points that Cubism provides for the viewer allows the individual to achieve a more complete understanding of the subject. It even provides the choice to compare different perspectives by yourself or with other consumers of art and culture. This artistic feature, among other things, contributed to the style’s success as the first and most influential art movement of the 20th century.

You don’t need to be an art critic to understand that the freedom of choice to interactively engage with the subject in front of us, whether it is information or art, is a choice that modern consumers of knowledge are demanding. Indeed, research suggests that tablets and smartphones are not only a growing trend in news consumption, but also that users of mobile devices are more engaged in their consumption of information.

Currently, the democratization of technology and the choice in how we consume information not only extends to how we access the news, but also what brands and operating systems we use. Among smartphones, for example, the competition is primarily between iOS, Android, and Windows Phones. As discussed in an article released by Wired Magazine, Instagram has just been launched on Windows Phone. However, the aesthetic look and navigational layout of the popular photo-sharing application is radically different than the version of the app found on iOS or Android.

The ability to perceive the same image and interact with the same subject in ENTIRELY DIFFERENT ways through the freedom of multiple perspectives may have catapulted Picasso and Georges Braque to artistic stardom. But will these choices necessarily make interaction easier for users? Will apps launched on Windows Phones be so radically different in look and control functionality that a user of iOS would find it difficult to interact with? If Instagram is popularly perceived as “better” on Windows Phone than iOS, will Apple Inc. be at a disadvantage?

Should application have a standard aesthetic and design layout across competing platforms, mobile devices and operating systems?

“In A World”…of Interactive Voice Apps…

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Fast. Simple. Relevant. And ACCURATE. In a rapidly advancing world of new technology, these adjectives are no longer a luxury for mobile device applications. They are a mandatory prerequisite.

It’s no surprise that voice-activated apps hold a lot of promise as the quickest, easiest way to interactively engage with our mobile devices.

Assuming, of course, the apps can hear you properly, that you’re not resorted to shouting, and they don’t mistaken “together” as “weather.”

Even though the console wars of the 2013 holiday season have only just started, voice apps that are designed to make life as easy as possible (on what are supposed to be the most technologially advanced gaming platforms ever invented) are still far from perfect in accuracy.

So when searching this holiday season’s top mobile devices, how much of a factor does the quality of the voice app feature have in choosing your mobile device for information consumption? Do you have the confidence that it will accurately serve your needs, or will the frustration be too much? Would you prefer if the voice sounded less robotic, or do you barely use the feature?

How important are interactive voice apps for you when you’re browsing your mobile device? 

Shaping The Way You Think

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We all have opinions. Sometimes it’s hard to hold back our own judgement; to step back and take a more complete look at the situation on hand. Instead, we often end up hinting at what we really feel, or even wholeheartedly being truthful about how we feel about something.

Often times, having strong opinions on controversial news topics can be considered as being biased. Being biased can be described as having a certain inclination for or against a certain group. While there are many news outlets that try to be unbiased, not all succeed. Some take a more conservative tone, others a more liberal one – regardless of whether they are aware of it. News coverage does not always bring cold hard truth – unbiased news reporting and sources are hard to come by. This makes news consumption much more difficult when we want to be able to form our own opinions, not to have them forced upon us.

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