This Week's Hot News - April 20th to 24th

This week's hot news is going to be a little different. We're inviting you to help us test out a new tool called JogTheWeb designed for wrap ups.

If you like it, we'll be using it to put together groups of articles on specific topics that you may be interested in.

Essentially, once you click on the link below, a new page will launch with a side bar. On the left side bar, you'll be presented with the list of articles that we thought were the most interesting during the week. Each list will be accompanied by a short blurb explaining what the article is about. In the main page, the actual article will load.

Simply click the left and right arrows to go back and forth between stories. Or, click on the blurb on the left themselves to launch the story. It's that easy--and most importantly, fast.

We think using this way, you'll not only be able to read the original story, but participate directly with the comments and existing user thread in that story, without having to track the original down. To exit the tool and remain in the site, simply click the red X at the top-right corner of the left side bar.

So help us test out the new tool and let us know what you think of it!

To launch the tool simply click here.

If you think of other specific topics you would like to see grouped together in this manner, let us know. For example, we could create a "Jog" of all interesting overclocking or Windows 7 stories so you don't have to scour the site.

Let us know and enjoy!

/ Tuan Nguyen
Director, News Operations.

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  • taruncharles
    The interface is good..It is fast and easy to browse articles..

    The short blurb explaining about article is a little hard to read. The words are just conjested. Maybe it can be aligned in a more easy to read manner..

    And you could also have an option for "hiding" and "showing" the side bar similar to "hide or show the right column" in forums..

    Other than these its really cool.
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  • Anonymous
    No! Its a bad tool. I need to see everything and like a hunter or a food searcher - to find what I want out of many options. This tool makes me feel like I am losing something or like I am manipulated or like I am in a closed small room. Please don't launch this tool. You can use it in your warehouse though.
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  • whitemouse
    I like the tool, it's fast and effecient
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  • bobc
    Good tool. I like the idea of having a sort of virtual booklet of related articles while being able to dig into any post and then moving on to the next one.
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  • Anonymous
    like the rest have said, fast and I particularly like that I find it easy to read. Usability of the site is increased too as I dont have to always search for every individual article.

    the thread topics can also add versatility to the articles as they can be cross categorized that way.

    i enjoyed the browsing experience much more than the usual site.
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  • boudy
    I really liked the tool.
    The only problem I found were the titles of the stories in the sidebar; you cant really tell what it is saying, but the description fixes that (sort of)........
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  • mgr
    Very nice. Much better in every way than the old "This Week's Hot News"
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  • mgr
    Very nice. Much better than the old "This Week's Hot News."
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  • Anonymous
    Wow, clearly a well written tool, it impresses with it's lightning response-times and slick interface. And best of all, I expect its tragic flaw can be fixed rather easily. Like others have said, its painfully difficult to skim the cramped summary text for each article. And the headlines (which is what 90% of people are going to skim anyway) don't pop. But I expect:

    1) If the headline font size were boosted 2 or 3 points, and maybe emboldened, they would be much more readable without taking up much extra space.

    2) A simple control were added that allowed you to widen the size of the tool (I happen to have a brand new 24" monitor, and I was dissapointed I couldn't use my desktop real-estate), that the tool's slightly claustrophobic feeling would vanish.
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  • drealar
    Cool

    A few comments, mostly on the interface rather than usage/performance:

    1)Agreed with LiquidCake with the resizeability of the tool.

    2)Maybe a revision on the font used. Comic sans looks nicer for a cramped up text, for my preference at least. Just my opinion.

    Have some other ideas, feature wise. But I guess we'll see how this initial design works a few more weeks. Won't be good if too many feature stuffed in that small column too early, coz it might lose it's original purpose :P
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  • Verdauga
    I dislike it. It really goes against the purpose of this segment. I like coming here, reading the little bit about news stories, and then deciding if I want to read more. Now it feels like it just links all these stories together, throwing the whole thing in my lap, which if I wanted, I would just browse through the actually news stories. And the sidebar is garbage. It's very hard to read. Take away JogTheWeb!
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  • bobc
    @Verdauga: I don't quite get the issue. Its like adding a GPS to your car. You don't have to use it and it doesn't remove anything from your driving. Its simply convienient :) and jogtheweb provides a means to the site to present related information.
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  • Verdauga
    @bobc
    Except I do have to use it if it replaces the old way of Weekly News. Or to be more specific, it forces me to choose between two options that I don't enjoy, either use the product or not read that article which I used to enjoy. For clarification, I don't mind the product, I just dislike its use here.
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