News360 -- great free app for perusing the news

One of the main things I do with my iPhone and iPad is read the latest news, so I'm always looking for good news apps. News360 (free), which was just released today, is now definitely a contender on my iPhone. (It appears that there's no iPad-specific version.) One of the nice things about it is that there's no setup or selecting of categories. It automatically gives you the news in a wide range of categories. And if you grant permission, it will automatically use your location to give you local news. One neat feature is that certain words are highlighted, and if you tap them, it takes you to background info from Wikipedia. The only hitch with this app is that it only gives you the first few paragraphs, and then links to the original site if you want more. So you end up reading it in an embedded browser that doesn't seem to have landscape mode. Other than this, I like it a lot. I tested it on a WiFi connection, and a key consideration for news apps for me is how fast they load over my slow Edge connection. This one has a lot of graphics, so it'll likely be slow.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.