In today’s ever-changing world it’s important to be up to date with the news. The Internet has made it possible to follow global events in real time and to play at sites like Grand Rush on the go. But for those who prefer to bypass search engines and don’t watch TV news, there are more and more apps becoming available that make staying informed an easy task.
Whether you’re into global politics, sport or local updates, there is an app available. We’ve picked out five of the best to keep you in the know.
Flipboard is a handy app that allows you to monitor the news on your own terms. Instead of trawling through pages to unearth that one story you desperately want to read, Flipboard gives users options. Pick a topic (or three) and get a daily update with information from sources you trust. Users can select from a wide array of subjects and themes, as well as choosing specific publications and locations to refine their newsfeed.
Flipboard is free to download but may include articles behind paywalls.
This news app has a reputation of being reliable and user-friendly. News360, like Flipboard, delivers a customised selection of current affairs. Not only does it focus on topics you have chosen manually, but also tracks your clicks to monitor what stories interest you the most. This app describes itself as one that “learns what you enjoy” and offers thousands of options to choose from.
The basic News360 is free, with premium plans starting at $1.99/month.
- The Week
Unlike some other apps, The Week is a real magazine publication – not just available to install on a device. Like many other apps, it offers users a handy summary of current affairs, as well as providing you with daily briefings and “listicles” that are quick and easy to digest. The Week is best on a laptop or desktop, which makes it a great choice for those who work predominantly on those devices rather than a phone or tablet.
The basic app is free with in-app purchases.
One of NewsBreak’s most attractive qualities is that you can access all content with no fees at all. Another standout feature is its focus on local news, which is indispensable for users who spend the majority of their time engaging with issues on their own hypothetical doorstep. NewsBreak’s simple and streamlined interface makes is easy to keep track of current affairs. Another more unique component is the option for users to block and/or filter topics and not only subscribe to them.
NewsBreak is free to download.
- AP Mobile
AP Mobile is the Association Press in app form: a highly-respected collection of journalism that aims to deliver unbiased and accurate news. The app is a hub of breaking news and ongoing stories from around the globe, presented in a simple and unpretentious format.
AP Mobile is free to download.
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These five apps aren’t the only ones currently available. If you are looking for something more specialised, rest assured that there’s an option to meet your needs.