Google wants to make its News app accessible to more people around the world, even if they don't have access to reliable internet, or high-powered devices. Yet rather than rolling out a 'light' version of the regular app, Google is revamping the original app to extend these benefits to everyone who already has it installed. Here's what's new.
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If you're a news hound, there are plenty of apps and services out there to help you keep tabs on what's going on around the world. Heatmap News does just that, with an added bonus: it maps out exactly where that news is happening.
Google News rolled out a new look today, but right now that only applies to users in the US. However, Google Operating System points out there are some new settings for customising what appears on your Google News feed available worldwide, including options to control the number of posts you see from blogs and whether press releases are included.
Because the read-things-on-devices market isn't crowded enough, the Wall Street Journal claims Google is looking into a "digital newsstand" to deliver major print media outlets onto Android-powered devices.
Google recently revamped its News search site and made it easier to customise, but one of its most useful features -- setting up alerts for topics of interest -- remains much the same. Here's how to set up a regular alert from the service on your favourite topics.
Google Labs released a new experimental news tool today called Google Fast Flip—"a new reading experience that combines the best elements of print and online articles."
Fancy adding a topic-specific headline feed to your blog or site? Google has just added the ability to generate an automatic Google News box (which it brands as a NewsShow), either covering broad topics or specific keywords. If you're programming-friendly, you can work directly with the News API, but most users will probably just settle for the wizard that automatically creates code to paste into your blog or site template. It'd be nice to see a wider range of formats, but it's still an easy way to put some topical links on your site. NewsShow Wizard
Google Earth has added geo-located Google News stories to its many useful layers, giving users of the desktop app access to national headlines and local news. Starting today, users can expand the "Gallery" node in their left-hand "Layers" menu and click "Google News" to have tiny newspaper icons displayed on their map. Click on a news icon, and you get the first paragraph and relevant links to the story. For tracking election news or seeing what's happening in your neck of the woods, Google Earth has become a pretty handy tool.
Google News recently added a localisation feature to its main page, gathering stories not just from local newspapers and web outlets, but supposedly from sources across the internet:While we're not the first news site to aggregate local news, we're doing it a bit differently -- we're able to create a local section for any city, state or country in the world and include thousands of sources. We're not simply looking at the byline or the source, but instead we analyze every word in every story to understand what location the news is about and where the source is located.Nifty stuff, and a good way to keep up on what's happening in your neck of the woods. All News is Local
Google News has developed a widget for Facebook integration. You're allowed some customisation; you can pick standard news topics (sports, entertainment, world, etc.) or you can add customised news categories of your own. In addition, you can see stories that your friends have decided are important, or share stories that you find interesting. This is another way to make Facebook more productive.