Two men who now live in Los Angeles but are natives of North Little Rock and Little Rock are making an impact in the world technology and smart phones.
North Little Rock native Chris Berry and Little Rock native Ryan Wright are co-founders of Pinnacle Applications of Los Angeles.
Pinnacle Applications announced recently the launch of The News In Two, a Smartphone application that provides a free two-minute audio broadcast of breaking news stories.
Users who download the free application, available for the iPhone and Android, can easily access audio news files by use of “play” and “pause” buttons after highlighting the news genre of their choice. With the touch of their screen, Smartphone users can access a summary of the related news headline and click a link to a full-length article on any given story for further information.
“While there are many news applications available, there isn’t one that provides audio summaries of breaking news for the user on the go, so we decided to take it upon ourselves to create one,” said Berry and Wright. “We’re taking the news to a whole new level, bringing it to you like you’ve never experienced it before.”
Pinnacle Applications was created by Wright and Berry in 2012 to provide relevant news information in a convenient and unique way.
Wright and Berry said they remember well their days growing up in central Arkansas.
“We grew up in Arkansas both attending Catholic High before graduating from college and moving to Los Angeles,” said Wright. “We had a soft launch for The News In Two in November with an official marketing launch a few weeks ago. We have done really well and continue to grow rapidly with mentions in last week’s “In Touch” magazine and a quasi-mention on the PBS show, ‘Mr. Selfridge’.”
The original news about The News In Two was covered by Yahoo! Finance, Boston.com, the Sacramento Bee, and the San Francisco Business Ledger among other regional and national entities, they said.
Both Berry and Wright are proud of how The News In Two has done so far on the open market.
“We are the No. 1 in searched for and found app in iTunes in the following categories: news updates, news briefs, and updated news,” they said. “Playing against the more established and bigger media companies, we are the No. 23 U.S. News app and in the Top 10 in Audio News apps.”
Wright added, “We are in the top six percent in Entertainment News apps and Sports News apps.”
Berry said he remembers his days growing up in North Little Rock.
“Ever since I was a little kid growing up in Park Hill and Lakewood, I have always loved movies which is what initially made me want to move to Los Angeles after college,” Berry said. “After working for over 10 years in the Entertainment industry I wanted to try something new. My friend, Ryan, had an idea for a news app and after a long discussion and a lot of research, I decided this would be my next journey. While I co-own and co-operate, The News In Two with Ryan, I am also one of the primary investors as well.”
Berry said the idea was to combine breaking news updates that are given at the top of every hour on a radio station or television with the accessibility of a smartphone application.
“It’s really the first app of it’s kind – you can find apps to read about news, but none provides audio briefs like The News In Two does,” said Berry.
The process of developing the app took a lot of work, according to Berry.
“The process of creating the application was much harder than anticipated. We spent almost a year developing The News In Two, but it was worth it as we wanted to ensure we provided our users with an application that meets, and hopefully exceeds, their expectations. The feedback we have received thus far has been extremely positive and I’m excited to see where the future takes us. We’re currently seeking additional investments so that we can take the app to the next level.”
Berry added, “I loved growing up in Park Hill and Lakewood. I still have a lot of family and friends who live in North Little Rock, and I visit them several times a year.