No matter what phone you have, an iOS, Android or Windows phone, there are a lot of apps and widgets that can help you organize your business tasks and get everything done with maximum efficiency. Our phones have become the most useful tool we own, and we now have plenty of useful apps that make everything a lot easier, even for running a successful business.
There are some people that are a bit old-fashioned, who enjoy reading newspapers while taking the first sip of their morning coffee, but when you’re travelling, it is a lot easier to just open a news app on your phone than to carry several newspapers with you at all times. In fact, you certainly read more than one newspaper, and it is wonderful to have them all at hand, so let’s look at some great news apps.
1. Yahoo! News Digest (iOS/Android)
Owing to Marissa Mayer’s extreme makeover of Yahoo, their app is the first in line. What’s brilliant is that Yahoo! News Digest updates itself twice per day – once in the morning and once at night – and collects all the latest and most important news stories that are currently trending from various sources all over the Internet. Which is great for people who want to read some serious news instead of all the latest celebrity gossip, like whose baby was dressed better or who got arrested for a DUI this week.
The user interface is built so that the app has two ways to read the news. You can either view them in a list or in full-screen mode and then swipe between the stories. All the neat freaks will love the fact you can’t miss an update because there is always the option of going back on the calendar and reading news from the previous few days.
2. BuzzFeed News (iOS/Android)
BuzzFeed has become quite popular thanks to their humorous content, including articles, quizzes, and videos. They have grown quite a bit, and their logo is widely recognized. What they brought to the overcrowded app market is a good news app that shows the most interesting stories from all around the world. With its recognizable design, BuzzFeed News is on its way to reaching the same popularity the BuzzFeed app enjoys.
So, if you are not a fan of articles about entertainment, celebrities, and 20 ways to look like some of them, then go for BuzzFeed News. They might be popular for humorous and easy-to-read articles and quizzes, but give it a chance, because it is an excellent news app which brings you the most important stories handpicked by a team of editors.
3. Business Insider (iOS/Android/Windows)
This free news app has the same look and feel as the Business Insider website, with its recognizable blue and white design. The content is well-organized, and it is very easy to search and find the stories that you are interested in. The categories are clearly divided, and provide you with the latest news on a wide range of topics.
You can even save articles and read them later when you’re offline. If you are a fan of Business Insider, you will certainly like this app. While it might not be as popular as the others on this list, it’s definitely getting a lot of attention.
4. Zite (iOS/Android)
In case you’re looking for a free news app that will follow your every step, then Zite is what you need. Zite calls itself “the intelligent magazine” and rightly so. The more you use the app, the better and smarter it gets as it analyzes your favorite articles and shows you the best options from your chosen newspapers and authors.
If you like a topic or article, you can give it a thumbs-up and you will start seeing more articles like it, or you can give it a thumbs-down and Zite will show fewer articles of that type. Pretty handy when you want to turn off the stories that you simply don’t care about.
Last year, Zite was sold to Flipboard. For now, the app is still available in its own original form, but whether they shut it down or not, we cannot say for sure. What’s important is that the users love it and don’t want to lose their “mindreading” news source.
5. News Republic (iOS/Android)
If you’re one of those people who don’t like reading only one newspaper but hate having too many apps on their phones, then the News Republic app is certainly for you. If you like reading the Associated Press, Huffington Post, Reuters, and many others, and you want all of them in one place, you need to install the free News Republic app. It lets you select the news from many categories like Sports, Business, Global News, Entertainment, US-based news – anything you might like, and add them to your app.
Additionally, the app becomes more personalized the more you use it, as it learns your preferences and adjusts the news you get accordingly. You can also create a personal profile and start sharing stories on social media right from the app itself.
6. Flipboard (iOS/Android/Windows)
The Flipboard app, probably one of the oldest, allows you to read stories from sources like The Guardian, BBC News, and CNN News, as well as Vogue, Vanity Fair, People, and The Telegraph, all on one app.
This personal magazine, like some other news apps on this list, will create a newsfeed according to your taste. If you connect to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you can get the latest updates from the people you follow, too.
When you go to your profile in the app, you can see all the magazines you added to the app and manage them on the dashboard. When you like an article, just click the “+” button and it will be added to your personalized magazine. Furthermore, check out the Daily Edition where the editors handpick the top stories, or go to the homepage and check all the highlights from the topics you’re following.
Meanwhile, you don’t have to worry if you’re not from the US; the app has 24 localized editions for countries including Germany, France, Japan, Russia, Spain, and South Africa, to name but a few.
7. The New York Times (iOS/Android/Windows/BlackBerry)
Unfortunately, this famous news app isn’t free, and it will cost you $34.99 per month to access all its articles on your phone and tablet. However, you can test the New York Times app free of charge for 14 days to see if you like it or not before you subscribe.
If you wish, you can customize it to your taste by choosing your preferred topics. In addition, you can create shortcuts for them or make them available for offline reading. Besides customizing the content, you can also tweak the app’s look by choosing a layout that best suits you. Furthermore, if you like reading in the dark, there’s the Twilight Mode which darkens your screen to reduce eye strain in low light conditions. People all over the world who like reading before they fall asleep, including myself, really love this great little feature.
We can conclude that it’s worth having this app. It’s not free, but it definitely provides you with everything you want and need, all easily accessible through the user-friendly interface.
8. The Guardian (iOS/Android)
Available for both iOS and Android, the free Guardian app has a clear and beautifully designed interface which allows you to read the latest news on any device, be it your iPad, iPhone, or any Android phone.
Based on your interests and the type of articles you’ve already read, the app will summarize the latest news and content that you might want to read right on the home screen. However, if you aren’t satisfied with their choice, you can choose what kind of content you want on your feed yourself. Moreover, you can save the news for later and read it offline.
In case you’re the type of person who likes sharing their opinion, the interactive interface enables commenting so you can express your opinion on any article. Additionally, you can share your photos and videos with GuardianWitness, the part of the app that is user-generated.
9. BBC News (iOS/Android)
If you’re only interested in trending topics, the BBC News app allows you to go over the most read and most watched news posts, so there is no need to waste your time looking for them yourself. Perfectly designed to suit devices of all sizes, you can easily skim through headlines and summaries in order to stay up-to-date with the latest stories.
What makes this app different is that it provides in-story video clips both for iOS and Android users while providing the same content you’d find on the BBC News website. As for almost all news apps, you can personalize your feed by organizing the news according to your interests.
10. Google Play Newsstand (iOS/Android)
If you are an Android user, your phone is by default equipped with the Google Play Newsstand app which replaced newsreader app Currents. You can also customize the app, but you don’t really have to as the app puts the latest news into categories, making it easier to skim through the topics you’re interested in.
The design is perfect, and there aren’t any articles on the side of the screen to distract you. The focus is on the article you are reading and the layout is clutter-free. At the bottom of the story, you’ll find more articles that are trending on that particular website.
As you can see, almost all apps offer customization in order to provide you with the best experience, which is kind of like having a personal magazine. They help you structure the content however you please. Some apps offer their own news stories, like BBC News and The Guardian, while others, the so-called “personal magazine apps”, offer you posts from several sources, making it easier to access many news outlets from a single platform.
What apps do you use to stay up-to-date? Let us know in the comments section below!