I originally envisioned the measured life to focus on minimalism, inspired by the greatest of the great, Leo Babauta of Zen habits.
Since then I’ve realized that one of my greatest strengths and interests lies in tech, and I’ll therefore expand my efforts in doing reviews of gadgets and apps.
This doesn’t mean that I won’t continue posting on subjects like the Taoism series. My first three posts on Taoism have received a lot of ping backs.
So being aware of the popularity of that topic it will receive the attention it deserves soon.
But why do reviews?
The first question I asked myself when I sat down at my laptop to write this review was this:
“What is the point in me doing reviews when there are thousands of other more professional places to go for reviews?”
Putting up reviews on the measured life makes sense because the specific apps that I use are an integrated part of who I am and of my self-development journey.
People like aforementioned Leo Babauta doesn’t write much about specific “products”, something I’ve missed when reading his blog.
I therefore figured that if people like what I have to say about personal development, they’d likely also like what I have to say about books, gadgets, apps, and more.
So my future reviews here will hopefully give a good picture of how I use technology to improve my life.
That out of the way, let’s get on with the review of Umano.
What it does
In the words of Umano’s developers, the app offers “interesting articles read to you by real people”.
Personally I like going through the popular news stories to get a general overview of what’s current, but you can also get your news specifically tailored to your interests.
You can also browse through different categories such as inspirational, scientific, lifestyle etc. You can also save items to your own playlist and download them in order to listen to news while you are not near mobile data or WiFi points.
How it looks
Umano has a simple, straightforward interface which is what I usually demand out of a news app. I wouldn’t necessarily say that it stands out in any way, but it is beautiful in its simplicity.
How I use it
Umano is a great way to get updated on interesting news stories while on the commute. I’ll use it while on the bus, train or subway.
Although you could, I don’t use it while biking because the articles can become a distraction when having to pay attention to traffic.
I don’t have a car though would imagine that it wouldn’t be any bigger of a distraction for drivers than regular radio since it really just is a form of radio.
I also use it at meal time at home and some times as background “noise” while doing work.
All in all, use it whenever you’d listen to a regular radio station.
The take out
In the end, Umano is a really great and useful app that I use more or less on a daily basis as of writing this.
In the last couple of years I’ve listened less and less to regular radio and more and more to interest-specific podcasts (I will also do reviews of those soon).
While Umano won’t satisfy your demand for regular news on what’s going on in the world of politics or entertainment etc., it will give you interesting and short stories on topics that you wouldn’t have thought of researching on your own.
If this has sparked your interest in Umano, then go try it out through the links below!
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