SmartNews’ U.S. app unveils new features for the elections, COVID-19 and local weather

SmartNews’ U.S. app unveils new features for the elections, COVID-19 and local weather

News discovery app GoodNews’ new election options for U.S. customers

At TechCrunch Disrupt at the moment, GoodNews introduced the discharge of main new options for the American model of its information discovery app, designed to make it simpler for customers to get updates concerning the elections, COVID-19 and the climate.

Several options give attention to the presidential race, and different candidates up for vote this 12 months. GoodNews, which has spent the previous two years constructing its protection of native information, additionally added sections dedicated to native elections and poll measures, and knowledge on the way to register to vote and forged a poll.

During his Disrupt session, GoodNews co-founder, chief working officer and chief engineer Kaisei Hamamato stated the aim of the app’s new election options is to make it the “one-stop answer” for voters looking for data.

Another new characteristic is centered on the COVID-19 pandemic, and consists of an expanded case counter that now breaks them down by county; the most recent data on native closings, re-opening and different pandemic-related insurance policies; and a vaccine and drug growth tracker with a timeline of stories articles from totally different sources.

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SmartNews' new COVID-19 vaccine and drug news tracker

GoodNews’ new COVID-19 vaccine and drug information tracker

The remaining new characteristic is a “hyper-localized” climate report. Launched as Americans in lots of states are dealing with wildfires or excessive climate occasions like hurricanes, the GoodNews’ Weather Radar makes use of its patented radar map design to point out neighborhood-specific forecasts, together with the expected onset and depth of rainfall.

SmartNews' Weather Radar feature

GoodNews’ Weather Radar characteristic

Founded in 2012 in Japan, GoodNews launched its American model in 2014, and reveals articles from 3,000 publishing companions all over the world. While its information discovery is usually pushed by machine learning-based algorithms, the corporate’s crew additionally consists of veteran journalists who assist develop new options. In the United States, GoodNews has centered on addressing growing media polarization with options meant to assist break readers out of the type of data bubbles they encounter on social media apps.

SmartNews' News From All Sides feature for the U.S. presidential election

The News From All Sides characteristic for the U.S. presidential election

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Last 12 months, GoodNews launched its News From All Sides characteristic within the U.S., which reveals articles on a single matter from publications throughout the political spectrum that customers can toggle by means of utilizing a slider. Created for readers who wish to see different views, however is perhaps overwhelmed by on-line searches, News From All Sides has been tailored for the 2020 presidential election, displaying articles about Joe Biden and Donald Trump.


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