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Summer For Chrome Provides Biographical Info For People Mentioned In The News

Summer For Chrome Provides Biographical Info For People Mentioned In The News

by Brad MerrillNovember 6, 2012

Keeping track of everyone in the news isn’t easy. Summer is a free Chrome extension that provides short biographical details on everyone mentioned in a news story without having to leave the page you’re reading.

Using a smart NLP algorithm, the browser add-on recognizes objects, such as names and companies, in the articles you read. Summer gives you a social snapshot of the people mentioned in a sidebar widget to put what you’re reading in context.

This comes in handy when you’re reading something and have to ask yourself “Who’s that?” It’s a lot easier than copying and pasting the name into Google—it eliminates the need for additional tabs and keeps everything inline.

Here’s a look at the extension in action:

Summer currently supports about 60 different news outlets, including The New York Times, Forbes, ESPN, and more. When you’re reading a story on one of these sites, Summer displays a small tab on the right side of the screen that you can expand to learn more about the people mentioned in the story. The extension is unobtrusive, but very handy when you need it.

You can get it here.

About The Author
Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.