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UK Teen Creates Popular App that Summarises Webpage Content

A British teenager has made a name for himself by creating an iPhone app that lets users summarise content on a particular web page for easy reading.

Nick D'Aloisio, a 16 year old who lives in South London, has created an app called Summly, which has been downloaded tens of thousands of times from the Apple App Store.

The app, after receiving global coverage, now has the backing of Horizons Ventures, which is run by Chinese billionaire Li Ka-Shing, who is the 11th richest person in the world, reports the BBC.

The teen got the idea for the app while studying for a history exam on Google and realised that the web searches needed to be more simplified to achieve greater efficiency.

"I was revising for a history exam and using Google, clicking in and out of search results, and it seemed quite inefficient. If I found myself on a site that was interesting I was reading it and that was wasting time," he said.

"I thought that what I needed was a way of simplifying and summarising these web searches. Google has Instant Preview but that is just an image of the page. What I wanted was a content preview," D'Aloisio added.