Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité FRANCE 24

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité are not the only things I love about France, though I deeply connect to these concepts. I remember my time in Paris some years back very fondly, the amazing culture, food & wine and a people who in general seem far more interested and understanding of what is happening in the world than my friends here.

Years later I've reconnected with that experience when I discovered just how superb the FRANCE 24 (free) app for the iPad is. For the past couple years I've watched France 24 on my computer, but I'd not had it on my iPad until last week - that was a mistake. FRANCE 24 was the brainchild of former President Jacques Chirac specifically to compete with the Anglo/American dominance in world news. The channel only started back in 2006, but with the stations ability to draw from its own 200 + journalists and tap into Groupe TF1 and France Télévisions, they have a lot of reach! And a balanced perspective! Now I'm certain some readers will point out that they are a state owned media outlet therefore they have an agenda, true. But that's not hidden. But do you think CNN or FOX don't have agendas? What makes a news source dependable in my book is how well they clarify their biases... The one down side is, I've heard rumor that President Nicolas Sarkozy might limit the broadcasts to French. That would certainly be a loss, since my High School French could not keep up, they also broadcast in French and Arabic.

It is now part of my news stable right up there with the ABC Player and some of my other favorites (more on them later), and Let me explain why. Again, like with ABC Player, they beat the pants off competitors slow to move into the iPad or for that matter mobile computing market. CNN's app is horrible, not intuitive and so reduced in news content it's like a Twitter feed IMHO, plus it costs $1.99. For great world news which is insightful and accurate, forget CNN on your iPad, get FRANCE 24 and your brain will thank you! -- Post From John Painter's iPad

Update 5/5/10 9:40pm fixing images

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I'm a behavioral health professional living and working in Maine specializing in psychiatric rehabilitation. For years I've utilized mobile technology to improve the delivery of community based mental health services, and embraced the iPhone when it came out in 2007.

I am also a doctoral candidate at Franklin Pierce University where I have been researching the role of the Liberal Arts in American higher education.

I write as a guest for iPhone Life periodically with a special interest in helping other professionals (healthcare, education and government in particular) incorporate iOS devices into their work, and several years ago introduced the first iPhone and eventually iPad classes at Lewiston Adult Education in Lewiston Maine concentrating on helping other professionals interested in using and incorporating iPads into their work.