iPhone apps to follow your favorite columnists

Dec 14, 2009
Tech

There are news readers, news sites and more when it comes to ways in which you can access the latest in current events. Following your favorite columnists, however, can be a trickier task. These iPhone apps can help you organize your news content around the topics and columnists you trust and love, for instant mobile […]

There are news readers, news sites and more when it comes to ways in which you can access the latest in current events. Following your favorite columnists, however, can be a trickier task.

These iPhone apps can help you organize your news content around the topics and columnists you trust and love, for instant mobile access.

Custom news readers iPhone apps

Reeder is an RSS feed reader client for the iPhone, which syncs with Google Reader. For $1.99, you can manage your feeds, organize them by folders and save items to favorites. Save articles for later access or social bookmarking sites such as Delicious, send to Instapaper, or email items directly to others.

The NuagePlayer gives multimedia access to your favorite news content directly on your iPhone. Priced at $3.99, this iPhone app combines television, radio and news content with blogs, Web sites and RSS feeds for a customized news portal. Set your preferences to get the news you want at your own pace.

The smartRSS 2 reader is another advanced tool for customized news consumption. Place your favorite columnists in their own folders or in industry-related folders for quick and easy access to their updated content. View top articles, manage your folders and share items with friends, all for 99 cents.

Follow pundits from trusted news sites with these iPhone apps  

As a trusted name in news, CNN Mobile is a useful iPhone app for tracking your favorite columnists within its network. For $1.99, you can set preferences for areas of interest and set alerts for updates in those categories. View photos and videos through CNN’s iPhone news portal.

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With an even larger focus on business and finance news, the free Wall Street Journal Mobile Reader app for the iPhone may be right up your alley. This app lets you access and save articles from various columnists, view photos and videos, and listen to radio podcasts.

Another custom news portal from a major printed media brand is the NYTimes iPhone app.  Also free, this app offers a custom toolbar to set your favorite sections, giving easy access to the columnists you follow. Sync articles and photos for offline and later viewing, and share content via text or social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter.

Time Magazine is a cultural icon that is now available on the go as a free iPhone app. View recent and popular stories, share mobile articles, photos and videos on social media sites, and access Time’s most notable sections, such as “Quotes” and “Lists.” Read the content from both the printed edition of Time, as well as from the magazine’s Web site, giving you access to favorite journalists and Web-exclusive columnists.

The wider Twitter pool of iPhone apps

TweetDeck has a popular iPhone app for managing your Twitter account, which includes a “groups” tool. Follow your favorite business and finance columnists on Twitter and create a group for them directly in your free TweetDeck iPhone app. Read your columnists’ tweets and article updates, along with your other Twitter-related activity.

SimplyTweet is another multifaceted Twitter tool for the iPhone, with extensive features for customizing the users you follow. Create lists and groups specific for columnists or keywords to stay updated to business and finance news. Never miss a beat with push notifications. At $4.99, this app has more than enough features for tracking columnists.

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