Taptu Guardian environment app

“It puts all the news from the most popular environmental web sites and blogs with a spotlight on the Guardian’s Environment section into one beautiful little app.”

I love the free Taptu Guardian Environment App. It's a social news reader dedicated to the environment and is a great way to keep up-to-date with the latest news.

You can tailor the app by customising streams which include climate change, wildlife, energy, ethical living, and blogs by writers such as George Monbiot plus “Ask Leo & Lucy” where Leo Hickman and Lucy Siegle answer your green living questions. There are also stunning photos to brighten your day. and you can share news articles, photos or streams via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, email or save it for later using Instapaper and Read it Later.

The app brings together environment content from the Guardian’s Open platform as well as other media brands known for their environmental coverage such as Yale Environment 360, Mother Jones, BusinessGreen and the New York Times. The app gives environment enthusiasts a comprehensive way to discover, read and share the latest news and photos through a beautiful and intuitive user interface. At the same time, the Taptu platform allows users to mix and match stories from their favourite topics to create their own perfectly tailored environmental news service and share those customized content streams with the social web. Grouping together stories from all content providers featured in the app, under the related stories feature, provides readers with a potentially different perspective on trending environmental issues.

Features on the app include:

  • An optimized touch interface
  • The ability to customize and merge different streams to create a tailored reading experience
  • A customized StreamStore featuring Guardian and third party curated streams on environmental topics
  • A powerful way to discover new sources and articles through “related stories” tool
  • The ability to view photos from the Guardian picture archive as a slideshow
  • Ability to share stories on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Save stories in the stream for later viewing with Instapaper, Read it Later or Taptu’s Bookmark Stream

Commenting on the app, Damian Carrington, head of environment at the Guardian, said: “We are thrilled that Taptu created an environment app using the Guardian’s content API. As part of our digital-first strategy we encourage the innovative use of our content to create new products, and this app provides an engaging user experience, while also allowing readers to manage their favourite topics in a highly customizable and social way.”

Taptu announced Tapform in September of 2011 as a way to bring news content to mobile while making it engaging, entertaining and inherently social. The first app built on Tapform is the Taptu Guardian Environment app, available for download now. Download the new app for Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch here.

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