March 9, 2011
Have you ever opened a magazine and found there was nothing inside to read that interested you? What if that magazine could learn more about you and tailor the news based on your interests and reading patterns? Welcome to the world of Zite, the new iPad magazine, which hopes to do for news what Pandora did for music. You tell it what you like, and it does the rest. Developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Laboratory for Computational Intelligence, Zite relies initially on information you provide. First, it is important to link your Twitter and/or Google Reader feed. Second, you select sections for your magazine. Fast Company, this process is:
"It's a combination of semantic- and statistically based machine learning. It works by looking at the articles you click on and the characteristics of those articles. Is the article longer or shorter? Is it skewed toward one element of a topic or another? Is it a political blog? If so, does it have have a right- or left-wing slant?"Flipboard and Pulse News Reader. Check out this video:
The free Zite app for the iPad is available in the App Store.
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