Best Apps: News

newsAll of the major news organizations have excellent and mostly free apps that let you access their websites. The advantage of these apps over visiting the sites using Safari is that they package the news to better fit the smaller screen. You don't have to scroll horizontally, and navigating between news categories is more efficient. In addition, they're quicker to load because they're not as graphically intensive as the full Web pages and include much less advertising. This also means that you're downloading less data to your device and making better use of the limited monthly allotments in AT&T's new data plans. In addition, many local news outlets as well as lesser websites and blogs have apps.

Best of the Best

5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite (Free, Tap into the largest collection of live police, firefighter, aircraft, railroad, marine, emergency, and ham radios. (Free, puts the content of the popular news Web site in a format designed to take advantage of the advanced capabilities and rich user interface of the iPhone.

NPR News (Free, allows you to follow local and national news and listen to your favorite NPR stations.

NYTimes (Free, gives you the high-quality news and information of The New York Times on your iOS device.

World Mobile News (Free, The latest quality news articles and analysis from the BBC.

Magazine Apps

Spin Mobile (Free, Get the latest album, concert reviews, news, photos, and more—all in an easy-to-use format that fits in the palm of your hand.

Time Mobile (Free, is a great mobile adaptation of their magazine.

Wired Product Reviews (Free,'s daily reviews of the latest consumer electronics, gadgets, cars, gaming gear, and more.

Zinio Magazine Newsstand & Reader (Free, You can read iPhone Life magazine on your iPhone (or iPad). Zinio is the world's premier, full-color, mobile reading application for the iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch.

Newspaper Apps

The Onion (Free, is by far the best fake news app on the market.

PressReader (Free; lets you read full editions of over 1500 newspapers from around the world.

USA Today (Free, gives you the latest news stories, sports scores, weather, and photos.

NYTimes (see "Best of the Best")

The Huffington Post (see "Best of the Best")

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