Filipino tech experts overseas developed an app that aggregates news in an effort to keep up to date with the events back in their home country. News in Bullets is a news aggregator app that summarizes news from major news outlets not only from the Philippines but all over the world. App users can enable notifications of new articles.
“Being almost 10 hours away from home, with a four-hour difference in our time zones, is hard enough as it is as an Overseas Filipino Worker,” said RJ David, chief innovation officer of News in Bullets. “Through this innovation, we hope to bring news about home closer, when the home is needed the most.”
The concept of the app was developed by a team of young talents in Dubai, mostly Filipinos. But the team also includes other nationalities.
“It’s amazing how Filipinos abroad can perfectly collaborate with diverse talents from other cultures in order to bring our common goal of delivering quality service for readers and publishers alike,” said Clarence Ancheta, CTO, News in Bullets.
As the name implies, the news is presented in bullet points and is easily digestible for people on the go. Using algorithms and behaviors of app users, the news becomes tailor-fit depending on the reading habits of the readers.
“We thought, how useful would it be for everyone, especially the OFWs, if we have an app where all the news items that matter are in one tab,” David said.
The news app, rated highly by the Google Play and App Store, supports readers’ fast-paced needs to get relevant and accurate information in more than 65 languages, from Azerbajani to Zulu.
Highly skilled and passionate editors sift through news sources and weed out potential misinformation so the subscribers will not fall into the fake news trap.
News publications can partner with News in Bullets to increase their traffic in the digital platform, and raise the number of readers. Publishing firms can profit directly from the increased readers, and share in the advertisement revenues.
So far, News in Bullets have reached a total of 22,627 active app units for both iOS and Android and has been ranked No. 1 in News apps for Android and No. 3 on iOS.
Filtering news and information also improves the mental health of readers as they are spared from reading topics that are stressful, including Covid-19.
He said the company will soon open its platform to the public so they can generate content in the News in Bullets App. “This means that if you have a profile in our App, and agree to comply with our community guidelines, you will be free to post your own news content and potentially earn from the traffic you generate.”
Through its Newsreels section, News in Bullets also targets youth who are highly engaged in Social Media. The section allows the subscriber to view and upload their video content similar to the famous apps TikTok and IG.