News Readers offer a great way to get news for free.
News Readers are a great source for getting news updates for FREE! Articles are attached to feeds, which are updated hourly or daily, depending on the source. This is vastly different than static news presented in newspaper format (it's safe to say that those days are coming to an end). There are many apps that provide this service. This article covers a few of my favorites.
FLIPBOARD BY FLIPBOARD, INC
Flipboard offers the famous flip tile interface. You can easily customize feeds by pressing on the + sign or clicking the red ribbon to browse the different categories. Flipboard integrates video and audio seamlessly an enables to link to multiple accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google Plus. You can download the app in iTunes.
Originally, Flud featured an interface that resembled Pulse, but since then has gone through several iterations. Flud currently features a square tile format with abbreviated references to featured articles that include the option to read the full story. You can choose to read "Flud Picks," "Favorite Sources," and set up stories to be read privately with co-workers. You can access Flud in the App Store.
Pulp by Acrylic Software
Pulp, like Early Edition 2, presents an interface that closely resembles a newspaper. The app enables you to customize feeds, add and delete columns, and save articles to an overhead bin. Swiping gestures have been added to close out articles, and you can customize the categories along the top. If you miss the newspaper format, you will love how Pulp duplicates the look and feel of a newspaper in digital format. Pulp is available in iTunes.
Pulse by Alphonso Labs, in
Pulse is one of the first news readers to hit the App Store and has been equal to the success of Flipboard, but in its own way. Pulse offers a tile interface, while each row and column can be scrolled from right to left and top to bottom. When you tap on a tile, the article appears on the right side and you swipe from left to right to view other articles on the feed. There are many options to share articles, and a special feature that enables you to save articles your "Me Folder." You can select the settings icon at the top left to rearrange your feeds or add new ones. Pulse is also the first news reader to offer a web version that syncs with your iOS account. Check it out in the App Store.
The Early Edition 2 by Glasshouse Apps
The Early Edition 2 offers the most sophisticated user interface among all other news readers. What makes it so special? The multi-touch controls and swiping gestures, along with unique graphic elements, such as an animated manila envelope that sends out your shared articles, and the storage bins that are accessed from the bottom by swiping upwards. Like all the apps mentioned above, you view articles horizontally and vertically. The user interface is unique and unlike any other news reader. You can download The Early Edition in the App Store.