Feeds

Youngster backed by Yoko Ono and Stephen Fry launches 'Summly'

Good lord, scraping news content - that's a new one!

Security for virtualized datacentres

A 17-year-old Londoner has launched a new app that summarises news stories for smartphones after getting over $1m in funding.

The Summly app started out life as TrimIt, getting 100,000 downloads last year before private equity firm Horizons Ventures spotted it. The firm, run by Li Ka-Shing - the eleventh wealthiest person in the world - sank $250,000 into the then 16-year-old's app.

The app is now advised and/or funded by celebs like Ashton Kutcher, Yoko Ono and Stephen Fry, and tech folk like Joanna Shields and Mark Pincus.

Nick D'Aloisio came up with the idea for Summly while trying to research for his upcoming exams, according to the app's website.

"I was using the Internet to find more information about a particular subject, and was finding that I kept clicking through to websites that in the end didn’t have the information I needed," he wrote on the site. "I wondered why there wasn’t a better way for people to preview information before they did a deep dive."

D'Aloisio started to explore natural language processing and machine translation to come up with an evolving algorithm to summarise the news. The first iteration of this algorithm was simple extraction but it now has an in-house R&D team devoted to developing it.

The app is currently available for iDevices and provides summaries from articles and Twitter streams. The app is customisable, can be read on and offline and, naturally, lets folks share "summlies" on social networks. At the moment, it's in the top three downloaded apps in the UK and number 57 in the US. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.