It’s been a big week for news, especially on the East Coast, where Hurricane Sandy punched hard. Add to that the U.S. presidential elections, the fighting in Syria, and the World Series win by the San Francisco Giants.
For those fortunate enough to have a charged iPad, or access to a power outlet (easier said than done in some parts of the country in the wake of the hurricane), a semantically-enabled application aims to bring the news videos that matter to those devices.
Link TV, which had a role in the ViewChange.org project that The Semantic Web Blog covered here, already offers up Link News, a site for global news and documentaries, that also relies on semantic technology to offer a portal to news from around the world. This week, it unveiled the LinkTV World News App for iPad that pulls top world news selected by editors from more than 125 video news outlets worldwide.
Announcing the app, Paul Mason, who became the company’s president and CEO last year (see our coverage here), said, ”The LinkTV World News app does the heavy lifting so users don’t have to. A team of seasoned journalists using the best semantic ‘smart search’ technology sifts through thousands of newscasts and raw videos to bring people the stories that matter most.”
Some 50,000 international news sources are culled through with the help of semantic technology, from major newspapers to small local blogs, the company says, to provide users with deeper context around every video story. Also in the mix is raw video from eyewitnesses and documentaries.
The application was developed in partnership with The Bertha Foundation, a leader in supporting social impact media projects and with design help from Method, and it leverages a wide range of semantic tools for surfacing video coverage and related articles and information. That includes Zemanta, which suggests related posts, pictures, relevant in-text links and tags for enriching blog posts, Freebase and its entity graph of people, places and things, and Daylife, which exploits semantic information provided by partners and open sources to help with topic extraction and image tagging.
Link TV has also partnered with digital video platform VidCaster to develop a GoogleTV app that delivers the same curated collection of international news videos, according to the release.
Users, who can personalize the news topics they want to follow and take action on items, too, can download the iPad app from the iStore here.