Smartphone Users Making Commutes Productive with BuzzVoice

BuzzVoice for AndroidWe love hearing how people are using our magical talking news service to keep up with their favorite news and blogs on the go. We recently asked some of our power users to share how they use BuzzVoice, and the benefits they’re seeing.

In this post, BuzzVoice user Chris Weber shares how he uses it on his smartphone just about every day. So, listen up – You might just pick up some time saving tips. And, stay tuned for tips from other BuzzVoice users.

BuzzVoice User Chris Weber

BuzzVoice User Chris Weber: Programmer

“It’s a great app for the car. I use BuzzVoice nearly every day. I load up new stories in the garage, hit the play button, then start my commute.

Before BuzzVoice, I probably wasted about 15 minutes at the start,  and the end of my work day, tuning into the news and catching up with things.

Now, I utilize the time I’m already wasting during my commute to do that.”

How are you using BuzzVoice in the wild?

We would love to hear how other BuzzVoice users use the service in the comments below, or via email at Feedback@BuzzVoice.com. If we use your story, we’ll upgrade you to BuzzVoice PRO for free for 30 days.

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BuzzVoice Launches White Label Smartphone Solution for Publishers, Partners with Cincinnati Bell

BuzzVoice White Label Smartphone OfferingFriends of BuzzVoice,

It’s no secret the smartphone is the new frontier for innovation in the news industry. As Pew Research states, consumers now expect news to be “portable, personalized and participatory.” With our announcement below, we’re excited to let publishers leverage our technology to give their audiences a faster, safer, more personalized way to consume their content everywhere.

We’d love to hear what you think at Feedback@BuzzVoice.com

John Atkinson, BuzzVoice Co-founder & CEO

[PS: You can also view our social media release on Pitch Engine ]

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BuzzVoice Launches White Label Smartphone Solution for Publishers & Carriers, Partners with Cincinnati Bell

New Service Gives Publishers a New Way to Reach Mobile News Consumers While Increasing Engagement and Revenue

BuzzVoice, the popular smartphone-based news service that pulls stories off the Internet based on consumer preferences and reads them aloud, today announced its new white label smartphone app solution for publishers and wireless carriers.Cincinnati Bell Talking News Powered by BuzzVoice

The original BuzzVoice service, which has been likened to “Pandora for news,” is receiving applause from critics for giving busy consumers a faster, safer way to keep up with their favorite topics on the go. To date, users have streamed millions of stories from the web’s top sources in cars, trains, gyms and other places where reading would be a poor or dangerous user experience.

Now, BuzzVoice is giving publishers and carriers an easy way to launch their own branded iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android apps in days with BuzzVoice’s acclaimed “mobile, social and vocal” functionality. The new white label smartphone app offering allows partners to easily distribute personalized news to commuters, fitness fans and multitaskers in a magical new way that increases engagement while adding a new source of ad revenue.

Regional wireless carrier Cincinnati Bell is the first to partner with BuzzVoice and will be offering the new service on its Android devices shortly. BuzzVoice is also in talks with major media companies to roll out publisher branded versions of the talking news service in various US markets.

BuzzVoice CEO John Atkinson had this to say about the new offering, “Thanks to the smartphone revolution, 26% of Americans now read news on mobile devices. We’re excited to give our partners a turnkey smartphone solution that automatically optimizes their content for on the go news consumers.”

About BuzzVoice

BuzzVoice gives publishers a magical new way to distribute personalized content to busy consumers on smartphones while increasing revenue. The BuzzVoice cloud transforms your content into streaming audio in real-time and gives consumers a faster, safer way to keep up with their favorite topics in the car, gym, train or anywhere.

For more information, please visit http://BuzzVoice.com or email Publishers@BuzzVoice.com

Media Contact:

John Atkinson
BuzzVoice Co-founder & CEO
Full Site: http://BuzzVoice.com
Email: Publishers@BuzzVoice.com
Phone: 513-754-0652

News and Blog Experts Sound Off On BuzzVoice 3.0: Their Verdict?

BuzzVoice in the newsiPhone app review site, Just Another iPhone Blog, just wrote a great review of BuzzVoice 3.0, stating it’s “perfect for listening to blogs & news on the go.” So, on the heels of this review, we decided to round up some of the recent press coverage the new BuzzVoice 3.0 has received.  Check out what the experts are saying about BuzzVoice 3.0, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

What The Experts Are Saying About BuzzVoice 3.0

1) The Top Apps site asks, “What if you could have a Pandora of sorts, that played you the top news of the day so you could just listen to it?,” and goes on to say,“Well, this does exist and it is called BuzzVoice 3.0.”

2) TechRadar called BuzzVoice a “clever app” that “grabs news from your choice of more than 1,600 top blogs and news sources and converts them into audio files in real time.”

3) The Next Web states that “BuzzVoice is, in essence, like having your own passenger’s seat narrator for your favorite websites.”

4) MacNN likes the multimedia news functionality, citing that users “can listen to stories while viewing text, images, and video.”

5) The Gadgeteer spoke to the mobile benefits of BuzzVoice 3.0, pointing out that users can “keep current on their favorite topics and multitask in the car, at home, at the gym or anywhere.”

6) KillerStartups likes that BuzzVoice makes “for a hands-free listening experience,” which allows you to “maximize your time and be notably more productive.”

7) TechZulu’s review titled “BuzzVoice Puts Your Blogs on AutoPilot,” highlights the continuous play benefit of the “Auto-Stream” feature, saying that it “alone definitely makes the app worth having.” [Note: Auto-Stream is a BuzzVoice PRO feature ]

8) Bit Rebels called BuzzVoice 3.0 “brilliantly simple, and enhancing the way we receive our daily information.”

If you would like to try what SiliconAngle calls “the ‘Pandora’ of news,” which has “added more personalization, more hands free operation, more search tools, and more filters,” check out BuzzVoice 3.0 on The App Store today – it’s on sale for a limited time.

Email to Steve Jobs Puts Lucky Developer on Front Page of The App Store

BuzzVoice 3.0 on the front page of The App StoreWe’ve all seen the flurry of news stories about Steve Jobs responding directly to emails from regular people and developers. It’s become an Internet meme, with reputable sources like The New York Times, Wired , TechCrunch and others attesting to the authenticity of the emails.

Perhaps the most controversial [alleged] response from Jobs is the recent thread between Jobs and an irate iPhone 4 owner about the iPhone 4 antenna issue – an issue so hot that Apple is holding a press conference to address it [Read the thread on the iPhone 4 reception issues on The Boy Genius Report].

Since Jobs seems to read his own email and has expressed a passion for reinventing the news experience on Apple devices during his keynotes, we decided to take a chance and shoot him an email.

In our email titled “Pandora for news,” we explained how 26% of Americans now read news on mobile devices, and that for a nation of commuters, fitness fanatics and multitaskers, reading news on tiny screens is not only a bad user experience, but also a dangerous one. We added that 28 states have enacted distracted driving laws as counter measures. Then, we went on to explain how we used the iPhone SDK to create BuzzVoice, a “magical” new way to consume news on iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices.

Steve Jobs on BuzzVoice 3.0We included a link to a fun video showing how our cloud-based streaming audio service lets people *listen* to over 1,600 of the web’s top news and blogs – making getting news on the go, easier, safer and more fun, and added a link to the new BuzzVoice 3.0 app On The App Store. Lastly, we asked him to feature BuzzVoice 3.0 on The App Store so that Apple device owners could benefit from using it in the car, train, gym, or wherever they happen to be.

We didn’t expect a response. In fact we haven’t received a direct response yet, however, we just noticed that BuzzVoice 3.0 is now featured on the front page of The App Store.

Thanks for listening Steve – we’re pinching ourselves.

PS: The screenshot we included about him being the “smartest CEO” may have done the trick.

Mashable Asks: Can Robots Run the News? BuzzVoice Video Response

Can Robots Run the NewsTonight, while checking flights on my computer, I had my iPhone on my desk, streaming my favorite blogs on the new BuzzVoice 3.0 app. After listening to a story from The iPhone Blog, I was about to close BuzzVoice and head up to bed.

However, before I could hit the home button on my iPhone, a story by Mashable, titled “Can Robots Run the News?,” started playing. Given the way I was consuming this news – by sitting back and letting BuzzVoice do all the work – the title struck me as ironic.

I listened to the story twice, then picked up my other iPhone to film my response to Mashable writer Sarah Kessler’s question. Given that I co-created BuzzVoice, my answer might surprise you. Check out the short video. What do you think? Can Robots Run the News? [Good Night - John]