An iPhone app for bumping into things
The Accidental News Explorer is my first fully fledged iPhone app. Based on the same mechanic as my Doodlebuzz project the app celebrates chance encounters and serendipity. Start by searching for a subject. Once you've browsed the suggested articles taken from hundreds of news sources, tap the “related topics” button to discover connected topics, which in turn lead to more articles. Each article leads to new things; the more curious you are, the longer your journey will be.
It reminds me of the offline experience of reading a newspaper, and in fact could well be the kind of app that a newspaper could use to crawl its own database. It seems to me that it’s this kind of serendipity which is sorely lacking from most newspaper iPhone apps.
– Mike Butcher, Techcrunch