Mobiles Republic recently launched a new iOS and Android app that allows you to keep track of the latest geek news. It displays articles from over 70 sources, and uses a clever tagging scheme to navigate between them. Mobiles Republic’s Rudy Viard explains:
We index the articles and select the relevant keywords in the context of the article (for example: in an article called “Apple releases iPhone 5″, the word “smartphone” will be automatically considered as semantically “close” and by consequence will be highlighted). Then if you click on one of the highlighted tags, you will be redirected to a list of articles with the same tags in common thanks to the semantic engine. This network of related tags lets you intuitively navigate between articles and stories.
I spent a couple of hours using the (Honeycomb) tablet version of the Android app, and for me it offers a way to read posts from a a broader range of news sources. I have specific apps installed for a couple of tech news sources (such as the now semi-tablet-friendly Engadget app), and APPY nicely complements those with a wider selection of topics and sources I’d normally miss.
But the best thing about this app is the way the tags are visualized. Looks familiar, right? It has a Cumulus-style cloud, which to my knowledge is the first touch-based, mobile implementation if this idea. Nifty. APPY Geek is available in the Android Market and is well worth checking out if you’re a geek like me.