Throughout your day, you probably find yourself with time to spare. Not a lot of time, but enough to make standing there doing nothing slightly awkward. A new app, Short, might just change that for you. Rather than waste time with a game or social media, Short finds content you might like to read, which can be filtered to suit the time you have available. Though it’s iOS-only, Short is free to download and use, offers no in-app purchases, and has both an iPhone and iPad version available.
By connecting your read-it-later services like Pocket, Readability or Instapaper, Short allows you to find an article based on how much time you have. Short says you can even add an RSS feed like Feedly, though that’s not available just yet.
In-app, you’ll see how much progress you’ve made on an article, so you know if you’ll have time to finish it ahead of an appointment. There’s also a night mode for those late-night reading binges.
Short is great for those of us who pack articles away into Pocket for reading at a later time, only to find the app bursting at the seam next time you log-on. Short is also handy for not allowing yourself to get halfway through an article before having to take a time-out.
Still, Short needs a bit of work. Though the website shows Feedly as an option, it doesn’t show as a channel you can add. We’d also like to see an offline reading option. As you can see in the video below, the team behind Short envision you using the app on a subway platform. That might not be so easy without an offline mode.