Saturday, December 30, 2017

CryptoCurrency News Tab for Chrome - Special Edition

Bitcoin hits all-time record of search volume on Google and NewsTab is celebrating with a special edition of our Chrome Extension - CryptoCurrency News Tab.

Is it a bubble or just the tip of the iceberg? We don’t really know, but want to make sure you’ll read about it on your NewsTab Reader… :-)

This beautiful chrome tab is a great place to get started with your crypto ride… Get top news for leading digital currencies, learn about new ICOs and get a set of links for leading digital coins resources such as real time rates, digital wallet and trading arenas… and if you get bored with crypto, simply switch to any other topic you fancy...

Check it out!

NewsTab Team

Friday, December 8, 2017

OPML support added to iOS app

We are happy to announce OPML support for the NewsTab iOS app!

Until now, OPML support was available only via our Web service or Android app... and, with so many requests from our iOS users, we had to listen...:-) the flow is simple and straight forward. Its very similar to our Android app flow, with some UI tweaks to fit iOS design language.

You can now import any OPML file to the app or save an OPML file of your current NewsTab feeds directly from the iOS app. Once an OPML file is imported, you can organise the imported feeds via a convenient flow that allows deleting, changing names and moving feeds between sections.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

NewsTab Anywhere (iOS app is released) !!!

We are happy to announce the launch of NewsTab iOS app. This release is making NewsTab a truly cross-platform service, supporting all major platforms including Web, Android, iOS and Chrome extension. It took us a bit longer than expected but we are very happy with the results and looking forward to your feedback!

We still have some features to add to the iOS version, such as OPML and Twitter support, which are expected to be added shortly. iPad and Watch app are coming soon as well…

Friday, April 7, 2017

NewsTab Chrome Extension is launched!

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new member to the NewsTab family of apps…:-) Today, we release a NewsTab Chrome extension. It's a “New Tab” extension that will join our existing Chrome App on the Chrome Store. Users that install the extension will get their news with every New Tab they open on Chrome. The news will be displayed in cards view below the Google search bar and the top sites tiles. Users could add any news source and connect to their existing NewsTab account. The appearance of the app is customizable (dark theme, hide history or modify tiles size, hide news etc.) As with our other apps, the extension is of high quality with much care for details… we look forward to your feedback…:-)


The NewsTab Team

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Offline Digest is here! (1.7 released)

We are proud to announce our long awaited Offline Digest for Android!

In recent months, many of you asked for improvements to our offline mode. The offline scenario is not simple to crack. The key advantage of the offline mode is constant availability (subway, airplane) and smoother user experience. The challenges are resources utilization (data, storage, battery) and full article support. Most newsreaders simply push text summaries every few hours. This is a compromise to both user experience and resource utilization. We took a different approach by creating a perfect user experience for only a subset of your content (thereby keeping low resource utilization).

By default, users are now getting a smart digest of the most important stories in their NewsTab. The digest is pushed daily and available for offline reading. Stories are ranked for importance based on popularity, social activity, coverage volume and specific user read patterns.

Users can also create their own tailored "digest subscriptions" - select a specific publication or collection of publications - and get the best stories of the day pushed to their device at their time of choice... So, with few taps, you can now create a morning edition of CNN news or an evening collection from your favorite tech publications… and if you are just about to go a plane and need some last minute reading materials - no sweat, simply create a “one time download” of your interests and fly…:-)

To complete the experience, we introduced a bottom navigation bar, for quick access to key functionalities...

Looking forward to hear what think!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Getting smarter! (V1.4 released)

Today we released an initial version of our new article classifier. We are now ranking each article in NewsTab for importance. We use various signals to measure importance, such as popularity of articles among our readers, popularity on social networks and media coverage on similar articles. The first visible implementation of that is exposed in the “Best” tab, added to our “Home” section. This tab shows the best stories of everything you follow on NewsTab. It is based on the article importance rank, as well as on the reading pattern of each specific user. This is still an experimental feature and as such is only exposed on our web version. We look forward to your feedback and hoping to improve and add to our Android app in next release.

In addition, we have added some new features based on user feedback as well as more backend improvements. Some highlights our below:

  • Better and faster article loading experience in both Web and Android versions.
  • Dynamic section bar on our Web version and better drag & drop functionality.
  • OPML import and feed organizer were added to our Android app.
  • More options to our Android app, such as Mark as read on scroll and the ability to hide read articles

This is also an opportunity to update about the status of our iOS app (we are constantly asked about that by our users)... Well, the development is progressing nicely and we hope to open it up for initial beta testing in February.
Finally, many of you have asked us to add notifications to our Android app… we haven’t done it so far, as we think it's critical notifications are smart and well targeted before introduced… and we are not yet ready for that...stay tuned for next release (in 3-4 weeks), for smart notifications on our Android app…:-)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Version 1.3 released

Happy to announce the first version update since our launch in October. We had a great ride since, with over 15K new users and tones of very helpful feedback.

This release was mainly focused on bug fixes and flow improvements (many issues surfaced after launch, with very effective feedback from our supportive community of power users) and addition of some basic features we could not finish in time for launch.

The most noticeable one is probably the ability to swipe full articles on our Android app.


In addition, we have added a bunch of other small (but important) additions to both Web and Android versions:

  • Keyboard support and keyboard shortcuts in web version (hit Shift + ? to view the shortcuts menu).
  • OPML flow added to web version to allow easy Import/Export of feeds from/to other RSS readers. The flow will be added to our Android client soon.
  • Some improvements to our backend and clients to allow for more efficient data usage and better performance. More improvements are in the oven.
  • On-boarding tutorial for our Android app.
  • Better Simplified Article support.
We have a long list of features and improvements planed for the near future, so please stay tuned...:-)

Feedback and suggestions from our growing community of power users are very welcome. Your feedback is probably the best source for future innovation and improvements on our side.