MacWorld Gives BuzzVoice iPhone App 4 Stars, “A Productivity Enhancer”

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MacWorld, a leading source on all things Apple and iPhone, recently reviewed the new BuzzVoice iPhone app. And, we’re very pleased with their 4-Star rating.

The following are a few excerpts from MacWorld’s review:

“BuzzVoice is a time saver and a productivity enhancer that lets you create playlists of news and blogs to listen to while on the go… The new news service launched in September, and it’s on sale for 2 dollars as of this writing.

The name isn’t the only big change. BuzzVoice gives you more options. You can now choose from among more than 1,400 news sites and weblogs. You can view any story’s original text, along with images and video. More important, BuzzVoice increased the number of feeds you can stream from 10 to 50.

And what was the app’s most appealing feature before, is now even more appealing: A personalized daily podcast, which once rounded up your 10 favorite news feeds in a short 10-minute newscast, now comes in an expanded 30-minute version with a monthly paid subscription to BuzzVoice’s “Pro” service. (Another benefit of going “Pro”: You can choose the sex of the robot voice that reads your news.)

A new “BuzzRadio” tab lets you stream news more or less continuously. Or, you can also browse your feeds and listen to stories one at a time.  These new features and improvements are arguably worth the $4 monthly subscription price.”

We’d like to thank MacWorld writer Ben Boychuk for reviewing the new BuzzVoice iPhone app.

Please be sure to check out the full review on MacWorld’s website.

And, be sure to get BuzzVoice on The App Store to keep up with your favorite topics on the go, while increasing your productivity.

Top Apple Blog TUAW, Calls BuzzVoice “A Major Accomplishment”

TUAW BuzzVoice ReviewThe Unofficial Apple Weblog [TUAW] recently wrote a full review of our new BuzzVoice service, and we couldn’t be more pleased with their verdict. (If you’re not familiar with BuzzVoice, it lets you listen to the Web’s top news & blogs on the go. It’s sort of like “Pandora for news and blogs.” Here’s a short video )

If you follow Apple-related news or have an iPhone, you’re probably familiar with TUAW. TUAW is a member of AOL’s popular Weblogs Inc. network, which also  includes Engadget, Download SquadAutoblogBlogging Stocks, and Joystiq.

Here are a few excerpts from the TUAW story titled, BuzzVoice Reads Aloud to You Almost Anywhere:

BuzzVoice is a major accomplishment… I think this is going to be big.

BuzzVoice can most simply be described as a talking reader for over 1400 blogs, but saying that doesn’t begin to do it justice. It’s not just an iPhone/iPod touch app, although BuzzVoice provides one [iTunes Link]. It’s a platform that can be enjoyed on a variety of devices including any iPod or mp3 player, your computer, Blackberry (upcoming) or with added functionality on the iPhone/iPod touch”

BuzzVoice brings podcasting to over 1,400 blogs broken down into 59 categories, while using a natural-sounding voice allowing you to take in content audibly. It does it smoothly, easily and naturally, from a well designed, multifaceted platform, allowing use on a huge number of devices… The voice implementation is nearly perfect.

The BuzzRadio feature, is interesting. Tapping it brings up a listing of topics ranging from Apple Radio to Politics Radio to Sports Radio… It’s perfect for any time your hands should be somewhere else (driving, running or whatever).”

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Please be sure to visit TUAW.com to check out the full story. [You can also listen to it on BuzzVoice here] And, don’t forget  to add TUAW to your BuzzVoice playlist, so you can stream it on the go. 

If you’re a fan of Apple and iPhone-related news, be sure to check out the our Apple category, where you’ll find other great blogs like Macworld,  The Apple Blog, Daring Fireball, Apple 2.0, The iPhone Blog, iPhone Atlas, JAIB and more.

Macworld Review of PimpMyNews iPhone App

Macworld’s Ben Boychuk recently reviewed our new iPhone & iPod touch application.

PimpMyNews received a respectable 3.5 stars out of 5. Considering Macworld’s reputation as a tough critic, and the fact that The New York Times and ABC News came in at 3 stars, we couldn’t be happier.

From the level of detail in Ben’s review, it’s obvious that he spent a few hours using PimpMyNews, customizing his playlist, listening to various news and blog posts, and composing a well thought out review.
If you keep up with this blog, you know we’re diehard user feedback proponents, so any time some one takes the time to do a “deep dive” on our service, we’re all ears.

In the review, after Ben finished ribbing us about the “ear-catching” name, he turned toward the unique utility of the app. Ben summarizes the app by saying, “Very simply, the app lets you create ‘playlists’ of blog items, or news stories, from more than 1,200 sources, and reads them aloud, and on the fly, in a voice that’s almost lifelike.”

He then goes on to the core value proposition, stating that, “For people on the move, in their cars, at the gym or multitasking at work, PimpMyNews offers an innovative way to ‘read’ your favorite Web sites by listening.” Ben also cited the daily podcast feature, which plays continuous stories from your playlist for hands-free listening, as his favorite feature.

On the “suggested enhancements” side, Ben suggested that we add the following features, most of which are already in the works:

- A “select your voice” feature
- The ability to add more than 10 feeds to your playlist
- More “continuous play” features, in addition to the existing podcast feature
- The ability for users to manage their feeds on their mobile devices

Thank you Mr. Boychuk. We appreciate your feedback – and we’re acting on it.

Be sure to check out the full PimpMyNews iPhone app review on Macworld, and download the app on The App Store. Stay tuned, more time saving enhancements are on the way.

Please keep the feedback coming to Suggestions@PimpMyNews.com

John Atkinson
Co-founder & CEO

BlogWorld Expo Radio Interviews PimpMyNews at SXSW

 

[Listen to the Interview]

We just returned from the SXSW Interactive conference last night. During our three days at the show, we reconnected with old friends, met many new ones, and brushed up on emerging trends in tech and social media.

  

 

For me, the highlight of the show was hanging out in the Techset blogger lounge and sharing stories with other entrepreneurs and bloggers, and talking with PimpMyNews users.Gracious hosts, Brian Solis, who pens the popular PR 2.0 and Bub.blicio.us blogs, Stephanie Agresta, and the Windows Mobile team treated everyone like family, regardless of your Google Page Rank.

 

While in the Techset lounge, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Blogworld Expo Radio’s Jim Turner. To listen to the interview, click here.

We also shared the news about the new PimpMyNews iPhone application with many other bloggers and social media folks, including Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins, Derek Overbey of 100 Interviews, Jason Falls, Derek Wilmot and many others.

[Be sure to follow these folks on Twitter, using the links below: 

Jim Turner: http://twitter.com/genuine

Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins: http://twitter.com/rizzn

Derek Overbey: http://twitter.com/doverbey

Jason Falls: http://twitter.com/jasonfalls

Derek Wilmot: http://twitter.com/derekwilmot ]

New PimpMyNews iPhone App, Watch The Demo

As we mentioned in a recent blog post, the new native iPhone & iPod touch app is here!

If you’ve used the iPhone web app, you’ll love the feature-rich speed of the new native application. If you’ve never used PimpMyNews on your iPhone, now is the time!

Check out the brief demo below, then head on over to The App Store to
download the new application. [Tap here to watch the iPhone version]

Please let us know what you think, by sending your feedback to Suggestions@PimpMyNews.com