RJI Futures Lab update #46

NPR's connected-car app, Project Thunderdome and customized streams


In this week's Futures Lab update, we learn how NPR got an app into General Motors Co.'s Internet-enabled cars, we check in on Digital First Media's Project Thunderdome and we take a look at one of the newest tablet news reader apps.

PART 1: NPR's app for Internet cars
NPR soon will offer drivers the ability to stream news and music from more than 900 public radio stations via an app installed directly into GM's Internet-enabled cars. We learn what it took to make that happen from Don Grage, NPR senior product manager, Connected Cars.

PART 2: Checking in on Project Thunderdome
In 2012, Digital First Media created Project Thunderdome as an editorial support and content-sharing service for its 75 daily newspapers. We hear from two Project Thunderdome editors who say they are making progress in terms of quality content but that there is still work to be done when it comes to tracking audience metrics across the wide range of newsroom website systems.

PART 3: Discovering content with NewsGuru
NewsGuru is a news reading app that aggregates text, photo and video content from around the Web and organizes it into themed news streams. Chief Executive Officer Adam Roozen explains how NewsGuru hopes to set itself apart by enabling news streams to be customized and shared.

Watch the RJI Futures Lab video update here.

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