News Aggregator not News Agitator

Just inserting a thought I had this morning while looking over some news on my phone.  On a personal note I like a variety of news and prefer it to not be too one sided or the other or sensationalist.  That makes things slim to none right?

Here is where a news aggregator comes in handy and and saves the day.  Your typical news sites such as MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and the others all have an agenda (shocked I know) and a “here is what we are serving up appeal to them.  For folks like me who really just want news and a variety of it in a collection like news aggregators.  The aggregators can collect news stories that are trending or based on personal selections and bring them into a central location for fast headline browsing and deep dives if the story is interesting.

The opposite is the new agitator.  Fox, CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN are agitators in that with an agenda and trend on stirring the pot and amping the nerves and brains of the audience, the news is served up with a purpose.  And it is not to be fair and balanced (you believe that one heh?)

My favorite news aggregators are the following:

  • Mashable – I have always liked this fun and good looking news-a-palozza site.  It does gear toward techy geeky nerdy trendy folks.  Like me!
  • Google News – This is my home page in Mozilla.  Google does a nice job with the aggregation and it is very clean and wickedly easy to dive in and drill down.
  • Flipboard – This is more of an app than just an aggregator but it allows you to pick content specific to your likes.  I can get lost in here.  And it is one of the best user interfaces on Windows 8, Apple, and Android devices.  One of my favorites.
  • News Bento – This is fun Windows 8 store app that allows you to build content based on choices that the app is tied into.  Great to use on a Windows 8 tablet.
  • Stitcher Radio – Another phone app but you can select content and news that plays one right after another and is a mixture of streaming audio and podcast excerpts.

And there are more, many more.  Buzzfeed, Reddit, The Daily Beast, and etc…

Search up a few in Google and maybe download a new app or two and explore the world through aggregation, and ditch the aggravation.



I will pay you next Tuesday for a hamburger today

On Hamburgers…

Kicking off my new home for The Occasional Guru right now.  I write about all kinds of things and I hope I can be your occasional guru.

Instead of tech, it is about hamburgers.  A really good one.  The best one found in Akron Ohio if you ask me. Now there are those gigantic hoss burgers that like a roast on a bun that you can’t even take a reasonable bite out of.  Those often make the top 5 in the burger lists.

Then there are the bacon orgies where if you add enough bacon, they will come.

Farm raised local, grass fed, happy bovine volunteers who result in primo ground chuck.  Low fat, pretzel bun, minced onions, and special sauce.  You understand.

For me, the best hamburger is the pride of Akron, Swenson’s Galley Boy.  It is the right size, has the right components, is cooked to order, and they will run it to your car.  The Galley Boy.  The best burger in Akron, and maybe Ohio.  Because it is just right in all the burger ways.