Artificial Emotion

What does it mean to relate? This is a question that has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. How do we relate? With whom or what can we relate? And when we relate, are we actually relating? Without getting too deep into such philosophical questions, let us think about a specific relationship: what is the difference between a natural human voice and one generated by a computer, and can we as humans relate to a computer-generated voice at all?

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Are Niche News Apps Merely a Fad?

Niche news apps

We found a question on Quora regarding mobile applications, and found it of most interest to us. There are many niche news apps nowadays; it makes sense when there is such an increase in mobile device usage. But are these niche news apps soon to die?

These news apps bring forth something the traditional ways of news consumption cannot, whether it is a summary of the article or a shortened video version of the full story. These news apps offer value to a specific audience: to those who want news in a condensed format that is interesting and personalized. These news apps are meant to be customized to a person’s taste, to take into account what their preferences are and mold the daily news to their interests.

Who doesn’t like personalized applications, made to make life easier for you? In a world in which we are overloaded with our daily priorities and mere distractions, we have little time for issues such as worrying about which news articles to skip and which ones are worth looking into. The value of these news apps is not a problem; the real question is how they could be improved.

What could niche news apps improve on to better your experience?

 

News Consumption Trends

 

 

From our previous posts, we can clearly see a rise in the use of smartphones and mobile devices for news consumption. However, the infographic (by Carlos Monteiro) below illustrates further differences between genders, devices, and types of apps.

Here we see consumers prefer niche news apps above all else, even above newspaper apps, which reign in almost half of all mobile news consumers. Smartphones, preferred by men, are for newspaper apps, and tablets, preferred by women, are for television apps. Both genders tend to stick with known media channels.

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Does this information ring true for you? If not, what are your preferences?