6 Best (and Free) News Apps for News Junkies

6 Best (and Free) News Apps for News Junkies

You can find the news on television 24/7 on multiple channels or on a nearly infinite number of websites. Whatever you want to know, it's out there. That doesn't mean every outlet is reliable. Just as a good journalist does a thorough fact-check and verifies his information with multiple sources, you should be sure that you're using the right app to get your news.

The Weather Channel

If you want to stay on top of the weather, locally or globally, there is no better app than this official app from The Weather Channel. From Tacoma to Timbuktu, you can get all the information you need with current status reports, hourly updates, 36-hour projections and 10-day forecasts. The graphics are beautiful; it's easy to use; and there are accessible videos, maps, and user input per location. There's even a tutorial for beginners. No other weather app even comes close. (Free for Android and iOS)


This is the coolest news app going. Sign up for an account and customize the news and use it how you want it. Kiss that newspaper goodbye as Feedly gives you the ability to search for, read or watch only the news you want. The interface is fantastic, the design is elegant and the layout is super-easy to read. The experience of using the app is as important as the app itself. Feedly has the news, and you, covered. (Free for Android and iOS)


If you like your news in pictures, Pulse is the app for you. It's easy to use, adaptable to Google Reader, and you can share individual stories with your social network. Use is a piece of cake, the design is top-notch and you can save stories for reading later offline across multiple platforms and devices. Warning: if you like your news text-heavy, Pulse is not for you. (Free for Android and iOS)

USA Today

USA Today has come long way since its inception in 1982. The people at Gannett nailed it then and they've nailed it with the USA Today app. Loaded with pictures and color and short digestible stories—like the actual newspaper—this app is as easy to use as our only national newspaper is easy to read. (Free for Android and iOS)

Stitcher Radio

You can forget about watching the news with Stitcher Radio. Download the app and you can tune in and listen to the news, any type of news, anytime you want to, from anywhere. Loaded with features, this app doesn't miss a beat when it comes to user-friendliness. The app even notifies you when more of the programs you like are available for consumption. It's an app that's well worth listening to. (Free for Android and iOS).

BBC News

For an unslanted take on the news from around the world (especially stories from this side of the pond), BBC News is a no brainer. The design is outstanding, a scroll adorns the top of the screen with up-to-the-second news, and you can choose between stories you want to read and stories you want to watch. And there's a big bonus: BBC News offers up the news in an array of languages. And you can share it all with your friends on your network. (Free for Android and iOS).

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