Magazine & News Apps

As we all know, the rules of media broadcast and consumption have changed forever. Gone are the days when the news came from only three local television stations and a nearby city newspaper.

Today people decide for themselves what is newsworthy and important. Social sites, RSS feeds, web TV, subject matter experts, bloggers and podcasters allow us to zero in on only the niche news topics we care the most about.

The explosion of media resources is amazing, but it comes with a downside too. Focusing our news-gathering eyes and ears on only a few specific topics, we run the risk of becoming narrow-minded and miss out on blindside stories that may affect us indirectly.

Our collection of the best news apps will help you keep tabs on the topics that are important to you as well as keep you aware of bigger stories and global news that need your attention. And if you sort by “highest rated,” you’ll notice there are definitely a few must-have news apps in this category.

Google Currents is a new free app that provides a polished, easy-to-read interface for your favorite news and media sites. Right off the bat we loved how you could easily import all of your Google Reader subscriptions—a quality Google resource that had all-too-often gone unread during the past year.

Everyone’s flooded with headlines and news in our web browsers all day long. Instapaper and Read It Later are great apps that let you mark content you’d like to read at a later date. Articles and videos easily queue up for mobile consumption whenever you’re ready for them.

For multimedia global reporting, we like the CNN and NPR News apps—both quality sources that package stories properly for the small screen.

So there you have it; sort and explore. And if there’s anything missing, let us know what you feel are the best news apps for smartphones.

Pro Football Insider

Pro Football Insider

This football app from Pro Football Weekly offers up all your game scores, news and more.

Our Rating:
3/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

SportCaster

SportCaster

Browse and read tweets from sports players and analysts with this free Android app.

Our Rating:
3/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

SB Nation - Sports News

SB Nation - Sports News

SB Nation is a free iPhone app for true sports fans.

Our Rating:
3/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Autism News Reader

Autism News Reader

Get the latest headlines and information about autism with this news app.

Our Rating:
3/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

White House

White House

Yet another way for President Obama to reach the American public.

Our Rating:
3/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

NYTimes

NYTimes

One of the world's greatest newspapers beautifully designed for your smartphone? Yeah, for a price.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

CNN

CNN

We expected a lot from CNN. This app delivers.

Our Rating:
5/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

AP Mobile News

AP Mobile News

We expected more from the world’s largest and oldest news-gathering organization.

Our Rating:
3/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Instapaper

Instapaper

Save Web articles and access them later on your smartphone—no Internet required!

Our Rating:
5/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Pulse News

Pulse News

Who knew an RSS feed reader could spark debate! Wait until you see this app’s design.

Our Rating:
5/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

Nylon Magazine

Nylon Magazine

This smaller, easy-to-digest version of the ultrahip magazine is a must for fans.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

E! Online

E! Online

Get ready for your daily dose of pop culture news.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

MTV News

MTV News

Stay up to date on celebrity and entertainment news with this user-friendly app.

Our Rating:
4/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

NPR News

NPR News Editor's Choice

The NPR News app is a must-have for casual listeners and news junkies alike.

Our Rating:
5/5 Stars
Is it worth it? Yes

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