A smart, personalized news aggregator.

Windows Phone app developed for the Swiss startup Newscron and in partnership with Microsoft Switzerland and DWB.

“Newscron, which started as a research project at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, aimed at understanding how the amount of information affects users’ behavior. As a part of the project, Zürich researchers developed their own mobile news aggregator app.”

Newscron is a smart news aggregator app that filters and groups all the articles with the same subject from all the publishers into one topic, so the user will not read the same article twice. It also allows the user to fully customize the feeds, the countries and regions, languages and the frequence of categories and syncs all the preferences across devices.

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Published March 26, 2014

Check out the Newscron Windows 8 app  Windows 8 app

 

Featured Topics

The main content containing the most read or recommended topics

Categories

The articles are divided into different categories. The user can choose to read the featured topics or the topics filtered by categories.

News Sources

All the newspapers and publications according to the region preferences

 

Packages

The packages containing countries and regions determine which news sources and topics are retrieved.

Categories

The user can customize the frequency for every category available according to the selectes packages.

Sync

The Windows 8 app also includes user accounts which allows synchronizing all the preferences.

 

Topics

The articles with similar subjects are grouped into topics. The number in the top right corner shows the number of articles from each topic.

Articles

The articles are sorted by date and can belong to different news sources from different countries.

Languages

The two screenshots show different content languages: topics from Business category from Germany, France and Spain (left) and French articles from one topic (right). The app (UI) is available in German, English, French and Italian languages.

We love working together with Oana and Arthur from Cobalt Sign especially for Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms. They are highly skilled experts for those platforms and combine great UX design and coding skills.

Simon Schweingruber, CEO DWB.ch