Best News iPhone apps for 2010

Dec 30, 2010
Tech

Between the earthquake in Haiti, the passage of the healthcare reform bill and the Gulf oil spill, 2010 was a news-packed year. But with the world spinning faster than ever, who has time to sit down and read a newspaper? Luckily, all the latest, high-quality reporting can now be found on your iPhone. Let us […]

Between the earthquake in Haiti, the passage of the healthcare reform bill and the Gulf oil spill, 2010 was a news-packed year. But with the world spinning faster than ever, who has time to sit down and read a newspaper?

Luckily, all the latest, high-quality reporting can now be found on your iPhone. Let us be your guide. Download the following top news app, and look toward 2011 confident that you won’t miss even a scrap of what the world has to offer.

An easy-to-use interface and loads of great content make the CNN app (free) a must-have within the iPhone news app category. It boasts a nice mix of written stories and video clips, and includes international, national and local news.

The Associated Press is synonymous with reliable news coverage, and the AP Mobile app (free) is no different. What sets it apart is that it offers news from every corner of the globe, in multiple languages. So if you hail from another country, or have a particular interest in Brazil, for example, this is the app you want to use.

Similarly, the News Pro app (free) from Reuters is a great source for international news. And it has really great photo galleries, which the AP app lacks.

No news-related list of any kind would be complete without the New York Times, the country’s pre-eminent newspaper. And the NYTimes app (free) is just as compelling as its print edition, so get ready to enjoy some Maureen Dowd and Thomas Friedman, digital style.

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But the app from that other New York City-based rag is nothing to sniff at. What’s more, the Wall Street Journal web site includes a rather expensive pay well. Yet users can register for the WSJ iPhone app (free), which give full access to its news content, free. Score!

Those with long drives to work are familiar with the reporting of National Public Radio. But you don’t need a car radio to take in the latest chapter of All Things Considered or Morning Edition. All programs are available for your listening pleasure on the NPR News app (free). You can also search the app by topic. And if you don’t have time to listen immediately, save the story to the app’s playlist for later.

We all need a bit of color in our lives, and the Huffington Post app (free) delivers the news, plus a bit of color. It includes all the categories you find in any news app, such as international, sports, business etc. But it also includes many that other apps don’t, such as media, style and divorce. It makes for an interesting and entertaining read on those days when you just can’t take another story about violence in the Sudan.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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