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Local Features Land in Unity News Lens

When the Unity News Lens was first released earlier this year, our excuses for not being aware of what’s going on in the news evaporated.

And now, in its most recent update, excuses for not being aware of what’s happening locally have also been nixed.

Unity News Lens With Geo-location features

New features include:

  • Local News and Top Stories displayed by default
  • Filter ‘topics’, such as ‘Entertainment’ and ‘Sci/Tech’
  • Browse news based on your system language or location

Google News powers the Lens (though the developer says that more sources will be added over time) and currently supports 61 countries.

How to Install Unity News Lens in Ubuntu 12.04

Like most apps you would probably want to install, the Unity News Lens isn’t (yet) available to grab through the Ubuntu Software Center

Instead you’ll need to add the following PPA to your Software Sources:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa

The run an update and install it:

  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install unity-lens-news
New Lenses don’t begin to work until you have logged out and back in.