Quartz App – The News App for Those Who Hate the News
Keeping up with the news can be a full time job, even if you just skim through all of the headlines to read what you think is relevant. If you hate doing that, or just don’t have the time, the Quartz App is a solution that will keep you semi-informed without really taking up a lot of your time. It also cuts out the details, so that you get the bare basics of the news, and then if you’re interested in learning more, you can take the time to look it up and read a whole article online.
So, How Does it Work?
The Quartz news app works like a texting application. When you first download it, you tell it what you’re interested in, and then it sends you a notification a few times a day telling you the general highlights of what’s going on. This alone will allow you to see what’s up in a quick notification screen briefing. Then, if you tap on that and open the app, you get to ‘chat’ with the news app, where it tells you something brief that happened in the news, and you can choose to be interested or not interested, to learn more, or move on to the next news tidbit.
The app also integrates emoticons, casual language, and otherwise portrays the news in a mobile/text friendly way, so that you can stay informed, without putting a lot of effort into it.
What Do You Get?
The Quartz App doesn’t tell you all of the news. Rather, it offers highlights from the day, including the items that you would most likely want to know about. It’s also generally pretty politically unbiased, and has stayed away from the elections for the few months I’ve been testing it.
Also unlike regular news, Quartz presents ‘dumbed down’ explanations, with information on how specific things work, where they are, and even includes maps of where things happened. This can actually give you more information than trying to scan through a 1,500 word article on your phone in the middle of public transport. Since your attention won’t be that great anyway, it offers you the basics of what you need to know, and ensures that you understand them.
What Kind of News Does Quartz Cover?
You do get to tell Quartz what kind of news you’re interested in, but they really do focus on headline grabbing information, and not all of it is necessarily news. However, they also stay away from non-news items like celebrities, which is great if you just want to know what’s going on.
A Review of the Quartz App
Quartz offers quick, fun, bite sized news bits that will allow you to be more informed about what’s going on. The best part about it is that it’s fast, you can easily flip through an entire day’s worth of news in a few minutes, and you won’t be reading long articles just to get to the basic information. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an app with comprehensive updates and information, you might want to stick to your local newspaper or your favorite ezine for the news.
Should you try it? Do you love to read the news? Then no. If you don’t love to read the news but still want to know what’s going on and headline skimming just isn’t cutting it, then go ahead and give it a go.