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SmartNews’ U.S. app unveils new features for the elections, COVID-19 and local weather – TechCrunch

Information discovery app SmartNews’ new election options for U.S. customers

At TechCrunch Disrupt at present, SmartNews introduced the discharge of main new options for the American model of its information discovery app, designed to make it simpler for customers to get updates in regards to the elections, COVID-19 and the climate.

A number of options concentrate on the presidential race, and different candidates up for vote this yr. SmartNews, which has spent the past two years building its coverage of local news, additionally added sections dedicated to native elections and poll measures, and knowledge on the way to register to vote and solid a poll.

Throughout his Disrupt session, SmartNews co-founder, chief working officer and chief engineer Kaisei Hamamato stated the objective of the app’s new election options is to make it the “one-stop answer” for voters looking for data.

One other new characteristic is centered on the COVID-19 pandemic, and contains an expanded case counter that now breaks them down by county; the newest data on native closings, re-opening and different pandemic-related insurance policies; and a vaccine and drug growth tracker with a timeline of stories articles from completely different sources.

SmartNews' new COVID-19 vaccine and drug news tracker

SmartNews’ new COVID-19 vaccine and drug information tracker

The ultimate new characteristic is a “hyper-localized” climate report. Launched as People in lots of states are dealing with wildfires or excessive climate occasions like hurricanes, the SmartNews’ Climate Radar makes use of its patented radar map design to point out neighborhood-specific forecasts, together with the anticipated onset and depth of rainfall.

SmartNews' Weather Radar feature

SmartNews’ Climate Radar characteristic

Based in 2012 in Japan, SmartNews launched its American model in 2014, and exhibits articles from 3,000 publishing companions world wide. Whereas its information discovery is usually pushed by machine learning-based algorithms, the corporate’s crew additionally contains veteran journalists who assist develop new options. In the US, SmartNews has targeted on addressing growing media polarization with options meant to assist break readers out of the kind of information bubbles they encounter on social media apps.

SmartNews' News From All Sides feature for the U.S. presidential election

The Information From All Sides characteristic for the U.S. presidential election

Final yr, SmartNews launched its News From All Sides characteristic within the U.S., which exhibits articles on a single matter from publications throughout the political spectrum that customers can toggle by means of utilizing a slider. Created for readers who wish to see different views, however may be overwhelmed by on-line searches, Information From All Sides has been tailored for the 2020 presidential election, displaying articles about Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

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Catherine Shu