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Technology Review: Why do some of my favorite traditional media sources suck when they try to go adaptive?

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I am a fan of both the Economist and NPR.  But both of their Android apps annoy me a little, as I’ve written a little bit about before.  But now both of them have tried to become more hip with an adaptive low-attention span app.  And they both suck.

NPR One seems to never actually play news articles, but always is able to play its intro piece, which tries to do a re-branding that just doesn’t work.  Similarly The Economist Espresso often doesn’t download for me, and I think it is now sucking most of the battery power from my phone, as it decides to run in the background.  (Although I could be wrong on this last part)

In either case.  I’m deleting both.  Their traditional apps are OK, (although they too could use improvement).

Written by Jacob Walker

November 29th, 2014 at 8:09 am

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