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Quartz Brief

Get news in a whole new way with Quartz where it feels more like a conversation.

Open Quartz to get the news headlines presented to you like a text conversation with a pal

Quartz Brief

by Quartz
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Quartz Brief
Quartz Brief
FREE in the App Store

Open Quartz to get the news headlines presented to you like a text conversation with a pal. You will receive messages with the headlines and can then tap one to read the full story. Customize your notifications, share news with friends, add the widget to your Notification Center, and check out items on your Apple Watch.

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Jump right in. Open Quartz and easily set up the app as if your friend is helping you. When you receive the news messages, buttons will display at the bottom which are basically your responses. Not interested in that news piece? Select the Next or Anything Else button. Want to hear more about it instead? Select the button with the icons. Each news story message you receive has the source right beneath so you know you can rely on it.

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Customize your notifications

Customize your notifications. Easily customize your settings by just sliding right. First, you can select which notifications you would like to receive from four options. Be alerted for big news, important and interesting stories, news updates, and for traders, markets haiku is available. You can then sign up for a daily email from Quartz and check out their policies, provide feedback, or report an issue.

Get your news in text form. Open Quartz to get the news headlines presented to you like a text conversation with a pal. You will receive the messages with the headlines and can then tap one to read the full story. From there you can share it with a tap or open the link in Safari. You will also receive photo and GIF messages pertaining to the articles, giving it an overall friendly feel.

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What is it about?

Quartz is truly a unique way to get your news. With fun GIFs and attractive photos, it really does feel like a text conversation with your friend. When it is time to get serious, you can read the full story with a simple tap. The customized notifications are great, the Apple Watch support is a definite plus, and overall it is just a light and pleasant way to check out the news each day.

For those who...

  • Want their news quickly
  • Are looking for a new way to consume news

Not for those who...

  • Prefer their current news app
  • Do not want a unique way to view the news

Why we love it

Quartz makes consuming news a fun conversation. Instead of being tasked to read an entire story you get the headlines. Want more info and you'll get it. Want less info you can just move on to the next story.

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App Details

News Business
Last updated
April 9, 2019
Release date
February 11, 2016
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App Store Description

Quartz's news app puts the entire global economy in your pocket. It's an ongoing conversation about the news, sort of like texting. We'll send you messages, photos, GIFs, links, and—our newest treat—3D objects that you can view in augmented reality.

You decide when you're interested in learning more about a news item. Each session lasts just a few minutes, so it's perfect for the train, elevator, grocery store line, or wherever you have a spare moment. And here's the secret about our little news bot: It's written by humans! Smart journalists who just want to keep you informed and entertained.

We're proud to have been named an Apple editors' choice and one of the 10 best iPhone apps of 2016. Some other accolades we're not exactly bashful about:
• GQ's 100 best things in the world right now
• Fast Company's 8 must-download apps for your new iPhone
• CNET's favorite apps of 2016
• Business Insider's best iPhone apps of 2016
• OK, we'll stop now :)

The app is really simple to use. Here are some other features:
• Experience the news in AR. When telling you about an interesting object that's in the news, we may invite you view a 3D model of it right there in front of you.
• Notifications that are relevant and fun. You decide which alerts to receive, and we won't buzz your phone unless it's really, really important.
• Sometimes our notifications also come with photos, charts, animated GIFs, or other media attached to them. Pretty crazy.
• Take a 24-hour break from news about the US president with Trump Snooze.
• On the Today screen, view our most interesting chart of the moment.
• Apple Watch owners, gauge the markets with an emoji on your watch face.
• No more news? Relax. We'll give you a quiz or something else to do.

This app is a new way to read the news that's really made for your phone. We hope you like it. Let us know what you think at Thanks!

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