Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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By Glendal Jones 

Staying informed is imperative for success in the business world. A broad and deep knowledge of the day’s headlines provides everything from fodder for small talk to indications of worldwide market trends. Here are 10 apps working to keep you in the know:

Apple News: Apple is specifically trying to be more of a news source to its users. You can use the redesigned Apple News app to browse the most important breaking stories of the day from a variety of sources. News collects all the stories you want to read so you no longer need to move from app to app to stay informed.

BBC News: If you’re looking for the latest breaking news from the BBC and a global network of journalists, the BBC news app says it can help you. The app also offers the BBC News Channel streamed live, social features and personalization so you can re-order the news categories to suit your interests.

Buzz Feed News: This app touts bringing you the most important and most interesting stories from around the world, hand-picked by the editors. One customer review says, “I’m kind of a news junkie and the BF News is easily my top news app. BF has some incredible journalists and international coverage. Just an excellent app!”

CNET: CNET is a collective of the tech-savvy and tech-obsessed. Anchored by the world’s largest volume of high-quality unbiased product reviews, CNET is the go-to source for news and recommendations about the latest tech and consumer electronics. The app says it’s great for both online and offline news reading, as some believe it’s the world’s leader in tech product reviews, news, prices, videos, forums, how-to guides and more.

Fox News Digital: With the Fox News Universal app, you can follow dynamic, real-time reporting from Fox News. This app will allow you to get comprehensive coverage of the day’s hottest stories with Fox News alerts, headlines and live streaming video through Fox News Go, vibrant photo galleries and the latest video clips from your favorite shows on demand.

Google News and Weather: It’s not Google Reader, but the Google News and Weather app offers a wide variation of news stories from multiple publishers. Alongside the headlines and local weather, you can browse “suggested for you,” an area for news stories catered to your most recent searches. Users can also highlight an individual topic for all of the current news.

NPR News: This app offers a personal playlist for saving the stories you wish to hear. You can also listen to NPR News in the background while you perform other actions on your mobile device. You’ll have access to NPR Newscasts, stories from popular NPR programs like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, live audio for special NPR coverage and the audio streams for hundreds of NPR member stations.
News 360: The app calls itself the “news discovery and analysis platform” that works not only to help surface interesting news stories, but also to help readers understand the backgrounds to them. It even taps your personal social data to match you with the right stories. You can stay on top of the information and the most important news from 100,000-plus sources at your fingertips.

Smart News: Touted as “news in one minute,” Smart News is an award-winning news app downloaded by more than 20 million readers in 150 countries. The app brings readers trending stories and categorizes them based on subjects like Top News, Entertainment, Sports, Lifestyle, U.S., Politics, World, Business, Tech, Science, Buzz and Social. It’s clutter-free, easy to browse and good at digging up fresh content that you’ll actually want to read.

Yahoo News Digest: Yahoo’s $30-million acquisition of Summly was all about redesigning News Digest, and the finished product is impressive. It offers 10 of the top stories in your region, capitalizing on Summly’s artificial intelligence technology as it presents information in a tidy package. The news changes every few hours, giving readers important updates throughout the day. 

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