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Our CEO shares his thoughts on mobile, on media and how news consumption is evolving around the world.

European-based global news syndicator News Republic has made its mark as a disruptive, ‘mobile-first’ provider of highly personalized, and hyper-relevant news by delivering people what they want, when they want it, to their device or format of choice. With apps for smartphones, tablets and wearables, readers can customize their News Republic news feed from over 1 million topics, drawing from 50,000 articles, 40,000 photos and 1,500 videos that are easily, intuitively and algorithmically nano cast to literally go with the news flow. Peggy Anne Salz — mobile analyst, nine-time author and Content Marketing Strategist at MobileGroove — catches up with Gilles Raymond, News Republic Founder and CEO, to map the developments since 2008, when his company sparked a global news revolution by giving the power of information back to the people — completely ad-supported and enabled by mobile technology.

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News Republic — A Great Example of What We Look For in a Samsung Partner

This just in: A blog post that has put a bounce in the team’s step today!

Our grandparents, our parents, and even many of us grew up with a reliable source of daily news. Information was being delivered to them once, twice, or even three times per day, right to their door. The newspaper had both locally developed content and contributions from trusted news organizations worldwide. As delivery media evolved from paper to data stream, the source of content went from known, local establishments serious about documenting life events, to internet-resident aggregators who produced questionable content at best. As a result, the e-news you read on many apps can be scraped from sites both reputable and disreputable, often without credit or permission.

News Republic represents a trusted source that is the answer to the problem of bad content. With sources in 40 countries, and available in 37 languages, the News Republic app has been voted best in mobile media publishing and won over a dozen awards. Content is also sourced from 1500 top-tier media partners with permission and attribution to give readers all the information that is important and relevant. However, with over 50,000 licensed articles available per day, the curation of content becomes a big job. So to bring the right content to each reader, they use both geo-location and innovative new algorithms.

News Republic also uses a combination of user surveys and advanced analytics to understand what kind of content users prefer and to ensure they are delivering it in the most desired format.

This unique approach taken by News Republic makes their app an ideal candidate for co-development with Samsung. Marketing and promotion provided to development partners gives apps unprecedented visibility with consumers while Samsung’s leading-edge mobile devices provide all of the capabilities required to build the amazing applications that make Galaxy buyers among the most satisfied customers.

Like News Republic, Samsung’s quest for the ‘next big thing’ focuses on innovative, even disruptive, product offerings. So if you are a developer who leans toward refreshingly unique content or innovative new user experiences, take the time to explore a partnership with Samsung MSCA.

Which technology innovation has captured global consumer imaginations for 2016?

CES2016 kicks off in Las Vegas today. Closed to the public, it is one of the technology industry’s largest global gatherings. Companies gather to unveil innovation that they hope will create market transformations.

There will be widespread media coverage of what the technology companies are excited about for 2016. At News Republic, we wanted to find out what consumers are most excited about. So, we surveyed our readers in 14 countries about the technology they believe will have the most impact in 2016.

We asked them to choose between five technologies, based on the innovations we expect to see unveiled at CES this year:

– Robotics/Drones
– Virtual/Augmented Reality
– Internet of Things
– 3D Printing
– Self Driving Cars

Almost 25,000 readers responded. Here are the results:

Consumers around the world are most excited about Virtual and Augmented Reality. Nearly one third (30%) of all global votes went to VR as the key technology of interest. Robotics and drones came in second, but 12 points behind (18% of the votes) and IoT came in third with just under 16% of the vote.

Global Interest:

Virtual and Augmented Reality – This has clearly captured the consumer imagination. This was the hands down winner, with 30% of respondents globally (7,536) choosing this as the key technology to watch in 2016.
Robotics and Drones – These still dominate the consumer mindset, securing 18% (4,342) of the consumer vote.
Internet of Things came in third with 15.5 percent (3,855), but with only half of the votes of virtual and augmented reality.
3D Printing (3,280) and Wearables (3,283) tied for fourth place, both capturing 13% of the vote. Are these already being viewed more as yesterday’s tech than tomorrow’s tech?
Self-Driving cars accounted for only 10% (2,500) of the vote. Consumers seem less eager for this innovation than companies are.

Regional Breakdown (North America, EU, LatAm, APAC)

– Virtual and Augmented Reality took the top technology rank in every region
– Robotics and Drones took second place in Europe (17%), NA (28%), LatAm (29%), but lagged in APAC with only 12% of the vote.
– The second most anticipated technology in APAC is the Internet of Things with 24% of the vote. It was a solid third in all other regions.
– Self-driving cars came in last in three of the four regions polled (NA, EU, APAC), while it was edged out slightly in LatAm for last place by wearables.

Survey respondents weighed in from the U.S. and Canada Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, India, China and Taiwan.

News Republic Now Pre-Loaded on all HTC Devices Globally, Giving Users Instant Access to News from Top Media Sources

Accessed via the BlinkFeed application, News Republic provides HTC users with more personalized news delivery from 1,500+ quality sources worldwide.

SAN FRANCISCO – October 20, 2015 – News Republic, a disruptive global news syndicator, today announced it has been selected by HTC Corporation to deliver real-time news on all HTC smartphones and tablets worldwide. Recently named “Editors’ Choice” on Google Play, the highly rated and richly awarded News Republic app will provide HTC users with a more personalized news experience. Easily accessed via HTC’s preloaded BlinkFeed application, users will now be able to pick the topics they care about from more than 1,500 fully licensed quality content partners, giving them a personalized, “nano-casted” list of relevant in-depth articles on worldwide, regional or local events.

Users love News Republic apps because it is:

o Visual. Shares all latest news on users’ favorite topics in a highly visual format.
o Smart and personal. Learns what users like and personalizes news experiences automatically.
o Complete. Features complete articles with photos and videos from trusted sources – no shortened RSS feeds.
o In-depth. Explores related topics via Tag Nav™, an innovative news navigation system so uses get access to content from partners including The Associated Press, Reuters, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Bloomberg and TechCrunch.

“We are proud to have News Republic pre-loaded on HTC’s innovative smartphones and tablets, as it is a win-win for both companies, and a big win for consumers,” said News Republic’s CEO, Gilles Raymond. “We believe that news connects us – to each other and to the world. Making information easily available to the millions of HTC users in 40 countries will provide more empowerment and engagement. We know that those who read better, know better, and ultimately – we hope – do better.”

News Republic will be available on all HTC devices as of today. To begin enjoying the app, users simply open BlinkFeed and click on the news section. From there, they can begin enjoying the News Republic experience.

About News Republic
News Republic is a disruptive global news syndicator with mobile apps for smartphones (iPhone and Android), and tablets and wearables (Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Gear, etc.). Curating over 50,000+ articles per day through news stories, photographs, and videos from more than 1,500 trusted global media partners, News Republic is a one-stop-shop for international and local news. More than 12 million people around the globe read their news on News Republic’s apps: News Republic, AppyGeek and AppyGamer.

About HTC
HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and HTC Desire lines of smartphones. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498).

Media Contacts
Jane Vaden
Vantage PR for News Republic
415-984-1970 ext. 0112
jvaden@vantagepr.com

News Republic Goes Video on iOS and Android!

We are thrilled to share with you our latest release for iOS and Android and it’s all about videos!

– Enjoy more content with 13,000 daily videos from 68 major sources worldwide.
– Discover the new video section in the menu or via My Topics page.
+ The “videos of your topics” provides you with only the stuff you’re interested in.
+ Switch tabs and you’ll also discover the most popular videos of the moment.
– Playlist: No need to do anything: your videos are now viewable from the within playlist mode to make it easier.
– Launch videos from the feeds: When clicking on a video from a topic, you’ll view it directly. No need to go to the article page as before.

And in this package you’ll also get a sweet little iOS 9 integration:

– Picture-in-picture videos: continue watching videos while doing other tasks at the same time (on iPad).
– Seamless linking: access directly to the app via web links.
– iOS search: find the articles you read, directly from the main search.
– Airplay support (iOS only): Did you know the Airplay mode is supported in the player? Enjoy videos on all your screens!

We hope you’ll love this update!