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Free iPhone News Discovery and Visualization Software Enhanced by AI & Crowdsourcing Launches at ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit

October 15, 2009

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ — ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit — Zensify(TM), Ltd. (London) http://www.zensify.com today announced immediate availability of its free news analysis software for Apple® iPhone® and iPod® Touch(TM). More than a simple aggregator for RSS feeds, ZenNews(TM) incorporates the acclaimed Zensify Smart Analytics technology to provide unmatched analysis, discovery and visualization of the latest breaking news stories from sources around the globe — all in real-time.

ZenNews is the first of a new breed of intelligent news analysis programs — in addition to its powerful AI-enhanced back-end server technology, ZenNews also uses Twitter® to leverage group intelligence to highlight news stories that could be relevant to the user. Zensify monitors re-Tweets of news URLs and boosts the weighting of news stories that are actively being Tweeted, to leverage both human-assisted ‘crowdsourcing’ with machine-based AI of potentially relevant news.

The unique capability of ZenNews to generate a visual ‘Tag Cloud’ based on news trending topics will enable users to easily see the hidden patterns of news as it ripples and changes in real-time. All articles are available to read as click-throughs from the Tag Cloud and are sourced from the most acclaimed sources of print and online journalism, including:

    BBC(R)
    CNN(R)
    The Daily Telegraph(TM)
    The Guardian(R)
    Al Jazeera(R)
    The Los Angeles Times(R)
    MSNBC(R)
    The New York Times(R)
    Sky News(R)
    TweetMeme
    USA Today(R)
    The Washington Post(R)
    ZenNews (aggregated view)

    Plus:

    The Australian(R) (coming soon!)
    China View(R) (coming soon!)
    Ha'Aretz(R) (coming soon!)

ZenNews also allows you to easily select categories of news that are of specific interest, ranging from general news to finance, science, politics and more — 12 categories in total. Using this filtering capability, it is easy to identify trends and patterns based on the size of individual items in the tag cloud and to see these patterns within the most broad or category-specific area of the news.

Zensify’s advanced back-end servers fetch, filter, weight and index news articles and then delivers it compressed to the iPhone or iPod Touch, providing very fast interactive drilldown to a very large numbers of stories — all optimized for mobile device capabilities and battery life.

“We are very excited to be launching ZenNews with the same smart analytics technology that have become a hallmark of Zensify products,” said Tom Campbell, CTO of Zensify, Ltd. “ZenNews combines artificial intelligence techniques with a beautiful and easy-to-understand Tag Cloud to create an application that goes far beyond simple news aggregation — it’s like having a news analyst in your phone. ZenNews goes far beyond simple RSS to include both AI and crowdsourcing to deliver the most relevant news to a particular user.”

ZenNews joins the acclaimed Zensify lifecasting application as part of the growing portfolio of applications under development at Zensify. Launched in May of 2009 as the first solution to aggregate all your social networks into a single feed, Zensify allows you to discover the trends and information across your entire social graph in real-time, supporting 8 Social Networks in a single application. Zensify enables several capabilities to enhance the social network ‘power-user’ experience for Twitter®, Facebook®, YouTube®, Digg® and many others.

Both ZenNews and Zensify are immediately available in the worldwide Apple iTunes® App Stores — both products are currently free, though Zensify will be transitioning to a $1.99 paid application in November with additional services and features. Zensify will remain free for 30 days after the launch of ZenNews — users are strongly encouraged to obtain Zensify in tandem with ZenNews before the price increase to maximize the value of both solutions on their Apple-based mobile device.

Further product details and features on all Zensify solutions are available on http://www.zensify.com.

Company Information:

Zensify(TM), Limited is a London-based software development company specializing in the development of leading-edge mobile software technology. The founders have years of experience creating some of the most advanced software for handheld platforms, ranging from Blackberry® to the Apple® iPhone® and Google® Android® operating system.

Zensify and ZenNews are trademarks of Zensify, Ltd. All others trademarks and registered trademarks previously cited are the property of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.

SOURCE Zensify, Ltd.


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