WALTHAM, Mass., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VoKnow, Inc. announced today the general availability of its free audio news reader for the mobile web. VoKnow is a first-of-its-kind audio experience that allows people to create personalized news programs and listen to them over the web or through their Google, Inc. Android™ mobile phones and tablets or Apple® iPhone®, iPad™ or iPod touch®.
Reads News from Millions of Sources
Unlike other mobile audio apps, VoKnow doesn't depend on pre-recorded audio. VoKnow's text-to-speech streaming technology reads freely available content off the web, from news sites, blogs and Twitter. Therefore, news programs can comprise content from millions of sources, including specific companies, celebrities, sports teams, and even friends and family members.
"VoKnow reads me tweets from my clients, colleagues, and industry experts while I commute or travel from one meeting to another," said Cynthia Gilbert, a patent attorney from Cambridge, Massachusetts. "VoKnow lets me get ahead on all those tweets that are piling up right now. Then when I get into the office I don't have to add 'catch up on Twitter' to my to-do list."
Reads News to People Who Are Too Busy to Read it Themselves
VoKnow is ideal for people who lack the time or ability to read the news themselves. VoKnow allows you to listen to up-to-the-minute news while you commute, work, cook, relax, or exercise. All you need is a WiFi, 3G, or 4G web connection and a smartphone.
"I listen to VoKnow every day on my iPhone out in the garden," said Simon Wetz, an IT consultant from Perth, Australia. "I'm too busy during the day to read the latest technology news, and I don't want to sacrifice personal time to read it. VoKnow allows me to catch up on the latest from TechCrunch, Mashable and others while I do my gardening."
A New Public Relations and Marketing Communications Medium
VoKnow also creates a new customer and market communications medium for businesses. Companies and organizations can turn their current web marketing and customer service communications—blogs, e-newsletters and Tweets—into instant audio programming. Early adopters will gain an advantage over other companies vying for reader attention.
"Companies we've talked to publish great marketing and customer service content to their followers. Unfortunately, consumers don't have a lot of time to spare, so only 10 percent of it gets read," said VoKnow founder and CEO, Frank Qiu. "VoKnow allows that content to reach more people, audibly, without them having to take time to read. All they have to do is create a list of twitter accounts, blogs or news sites to follow and email the link to customers. VoKnow will read them news from those sources with just a click."
VoKnow is available immediately. You can listen to VoKnow via a web browser (www.voknow.com), or by downloading the free iPhone/iPad app from the iTunes AppStore and the Android Market. The VoKnow app and audio service are free.
About VoKnow, Inc.
Founded in 2010, VoKnow is revolutionizing mobile content delivery by connecting people to millions of information sources on the web so they can hear highly personalized real-time news programs read to them anywhere, anytime. VoKnow is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. More information about VoKnow can be found at www.voknow.com.
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