Is the effort to know and understand what is happening in this huge, complex world just too much to squeeze into the day? Lifehacker points us to another concession to the modern reader in, “Circa News Dishes Out Bite-Sized News Bits to Keep You up to Date.” The app, available for both iPhones and Android-based devices, lets users quickly catch up with news stories they are interested in. Well, the broad strokes, anyway. Writer Thorin Klosowski summarizes:
“Circa is a curated list of news on a variety of topics. It has its own editorial team that uses a wide variety of sources, and those sources are collated into very quick, short news bits with just the essential facts, quotes, or photos about each topic. If you find a story interesting, you can click the follow button and Circa will point you to new information when it’s available. It’s by no means enough information for serious news junkies, but if you’re looking to keep up with what’s happening in the world while waiting in line for a cup of coffee, Circa News is a worth a look.”
I see how this can have its uses. I just hope users will, when they have a little more time and attention, turn to the more comprehensive articles on their subjects of interest. After all, most folks realize that there is more to every story than can be absorbed while waiting for a latte to be prepared. Right?
Cynthia Murrell, December 02, 2013