Hitpad – See what’s up!
 
 
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Date: May 27, 2011 Review by: Simon Tay

Seller: Instant Discover, Inc.

Hitpad is the easiest and quickest way to see what’s going on today. Five minutes with Hitpad is like spending an hour browsing around.

What it does?
Hitpad delivers bite-size information snippets about the most important and worth-knowing topics of the day, highlighting why they are important and may be of interest, so you become current in no time and with very little effort.

Hitpad eliminates the need to read many sources and sift through social media streams that are often full with reverb and noise. As you use Hitpad, it learns your interests in order to deliver you the most important information snippets in the areas that you care about.

Hitpad Features:
• Discover the topics people talk about, in a range of categories, at any given time in a beautiful and engaging interface.
• Get a sweet & short summary highlighting why a topic is important today and may be of interest
• Get an aggregated view for any topic that includes news stories, tweets, videos, images and web results with rich website previews in one place
• Free Search let’s you find information about any search term and enjoy the same beautiful, rich, visual interface.
• Easily share items of interest on Twitter & Facebook with your followers and friends
• Save items for later reading using Instapaper
• Email articles to your friends from within the application
• Copy an item to the clipboard and paste it into another application
• View trending topics and items in both portrait and landscape orientations

Cons

  1. Too much US Focus trends that are not related to other countries’ trends, if you are in other country other then USA it’s not so interesting.
  2. As many trends are “marketed” trends by using bots, how do we know if the trends topic are REALLY what we human like to see?
  3. The trends seems to be “filtered”, what about those popular news blogs out there?
  4. Some USA videos from youtube cannot be accessed by other countries, putting those videos on your Hitpad can only hurt users from other countries. Kindly detect where we are then filter those videos away thanks
  5. The reason why other news apps like “flipboard” uses social network like facebook or twitter to display news is because the news will be Vetted by our friends (living nearby) previously enough to share hence higher INTEREST level or entertainment value.

Overall, this app has the potential to teach google a thing or 2 on how to display their search results however like many socialist country in China…the results are too US centric and cannot keep international viewers interested for long.

I will be monitoring the progress of this app and hopefully they can improve on the results to be more international instead and more social friendly.


Category: News
Type: iPad Only
Seller: Instant Discover, Inc.

Price for iPad: Free (As of: Report)
Click here to link to Apple AppStore



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