‘She decided to surprise him – but know one expected THIS reaction!’ is the kind of tiresome headline that seems to perpetuate the Internet these days. The plague of Facebook feeds for months now, these desperate, sad attempts have been transparent from day one, yet nothing seems to slow their advance. Of course, they don’t constitute news per se, but they are presented as such. Real, noteworthy news gets lost in the flood of nonsense, with the above just one offending example. Thank God then for the good folks at Habermetre. Their new app, Newsmeter, free and out now for iOS, has landed at just the right time. Two years in the making, this new kid on the block has just one goal; to bring you the news you want. Nothing more, nothing less. What a relief.
Taking the form of a search bar and presenting you with a no-frills interface, Newsmeter will filter through over ten thousand news sites to deliver you a list of worthy sources on your chosen topic. This subsequent list is noteworthy on two counts. First off, it’s bang up-to-date. No long lost pages from the early 2000s here. Not even in the bowels of the list; Newsmeter provides you with relevant, contemporary sources and no more. I was getting some articles published a mere seven minutes ago, and virtually all of them were no more than twelve hours old.
The second thing is that they ARE all relevant. In the number of searches I performed, I never encountered a dodgy looking article. I don’t know what miracles Habermetre have performed to achieve this, but it’s worthy of praise. They’re varied too. You don’t get a list of twelve sites selling the same story, nor do you get the same sites appearing all the time. I even tested the site by searching some obscure Japanese manga to see if it was a current as it claimed. Sure enough, no news was found about ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’, but subsequent searches did point me towards an interesting article about a recent forum at the Tokyo International Film Festival which I quickly became engrossed in. So, in my book at least, Newsmeter can add ‘joyous discovery’ to its list of merits.
With twitter becoming more clogged up every waking hour (and let’s face it, no one on twitter follows new sources exclusively) and Google remaining fiddly on the iPhone screen, Newsmeter provides a perfect option for those looking for news on the go. It’ll be sticking around on my phone for a good while, and it’s well worth checking out for those frustrated/intimidated by the sheer amount of news out there on the web.
Discover the best, most relevant news for free by downloading Newsmeter for free on iTunes.