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.”
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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.

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