New iPhone Tool & Philosophy: Standard News Through a More Positive Lens

It's taught that tragedy and lurid headlines sell news. But it would be nice to stay informed yet manage or avoid the barrage of negativity that often comes with it, even seeing more relevant stories that are cool, fun or feel good. Smile News is a professionally developed application for the iPhone and iPod touch that offers users a virtual "sliding scale" to determine the level of positivity of their news sources. The application is versatile, it does not block out important information, but it does give users a reasonable choice about positivity and negativity. It is not just about news; it's about state of mind.

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Good moods enhance the literal size of the window through which we see the world. The upside of this is that we can see things from a more global, or integrative perspective.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 6, 2009

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to read the news, stay informed, but avoid the barrage of negativity that comes with it? What about seeing more relevant stories that are cool, fun or feel good? Smile News is a new concept in news, both a philosophy and a powerful tool for the iPhone and iPod Touch: using advanced filtering and major news sources it provides the latest facts and opinions even while avoiding the most negative news. In addition to more positive standard news, it showcases fun, funny, uplifting, and cool yet informative stories. Users can choose how to view their news and what level of positivity or negativity they want on a given day. Why not adopt a philosophy of enjoying the news rather than focusing on the grim stuff? Smile News makes that daily choice the user's.

Smile News is also a powerful and fully functional news reader and can act as a go-to source of standard news. It is available on the Apple App Store for 99 cents. Take a tour at http://smilenewsnetwork.com

Features include:

  • Four different positivity levels (from neutral to high)
  • Easy-to-use one-tap emoticon interface
  • 16 popular news sources, sorted by category, including: Yahoo! News, Google News, AP, New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, CBS, ABC, USA Today, NPR, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek
  • An expansive and informative positive news category from the Smile News Mix
  • View one OR multiple news sources at the same time
  • Assign specific news sources to specific news categories
  • The ability to enter feeds of your choice (via RSS)
  • Landscape mode for easy reading - just tilt your device and double-tap on the article text

A University of Toronto study provides the first direct evidence that people's mood affects what they see, suggesting that seeing the world through rose-colored glasses is more biological reality than metaphor. "Good and bad moods literally change the way our visual cortex operates and how we see," says Adam Anderson, a University of Toronto professor of psychology. "Specifically, our study shows that when in a positive mood, our visual cortex takes in more information, while negative moods result in tunnel vision." Taylor Schmitz, lead author of the study, explains that "Good moods enhance the literal size of the window through which we see the world. The upside of this is that we can see things from a more global, or integrative perspective." The study appears in the June 3, 2009 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Smile News Network is a software company founded by young veterans of the tech world who seek to apply technology for the social good.

Contact:
Nick Heinle
Smile News Network
nick(at)smilenewsnetwork.com
http://smilenewsnetwork.com


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