List of the Top 10 News Apps for Smartphones and Tablets

For people on the go, the news apps for smartphones and tablets play an integral part in their way of life, giving them the convenience to get updated anytime, anywhere. Just like other apps, not all are created equal. There are run-of-the-mill apps but there are also apps with excellent features. To help you choose the type of news apps for your mobile phone, here are the list of the top 10 impressive news apps you could ever have.

Yahoo News Digest

Yahoo News Digest is currently available in the United States and United Kingdom. It provides the need-to-know news gathered from various sources for text, images and info which are created by algorithms.

News360

What’s good with this app is its ability to pull news that you like. It is designed to understand the user’s interest, thus pulling and adding other regular news from a wide array of mainstream news and other niche oriented sources that might interest you. Videos and images are included also in the selection.

Inside.com – Breaking News

This app provides people a 300-character, summary-type news which is linked to the original source. With its user-friendly thumbs up and thumbs down system, it enables to fine-tune the app to focus on one’s preference thus providing the user what they want.

Paper – Stories from Facebook

This particular app is constantly evolving in short periods of time. As of this moment, the Facebook news app can be availed in the US on iPhone but may soon be available for Android and other users worldwide. It gathers shared news stories, putting emphasis on topics that you like rather than random posts. Most of its stories are taken from assorted categories such as technology, health, culture, and more.

Feedly Reader

This is a sophisticated and an easy-to-use RSS reader designed with quick sharing features and the ability to add articles with a “read-it-later” service like Pocket and Instapaper. Feedly reader has one of the most effective search options. It also makes constant improvement and updates on the system depending on users’ engagement.

Newsbeat

Newsbeat is developed by the US media company Tribune. It allows users to select their favorite news sources. After that, stories are then pulled daily from these sources which are summarized and used to create a personalized news podcast using the text-to-voice technology. Weather and traffic reports are also included for the US market only.

Circa News

Behind this app is a team of smart editors carefully and meticulously selecting relevant information and setting aside what they consider as “junks” or irrelevant facts. One of the greatest features of this app is the ability to “follow” certain stories. Users will get notification every time a story is added to its summary. Another great feature is for readers to be able to read offline, so you can still scan for updates even when WI-FI connection is unavailable.

Flipboard

Flipboard is one of the most established news apps. And with its recent acquisition, Zite, which was previously owned by CNN made it even more powerful. This was created for the purpose of making Flipboard a personal magazine to any mobile users. In addition to that, Flipboard has added another feature which allows users to browse updates in their social channels as well as RSS feeds. This app works well with traditional news providers and then reformats articles.

Interesting for iPhone

This app pulls thousands of articles from the list of best hand-curated content sources on the internet. It enables users to browse their favorite topics from news to technology, politics, sports, designs, entertainment and even more. It has the ability to compile stories and sort them out according to categories such as sports, technology and politics. What is more interesting with this app is the integration of Reddit, a great source for news updates to a growing number of people. It is also integrated with Dribble, a good site for designers.

Newsy: Video News

This app compiles news and then turns it into video news. This looks like a good candidate for Google, YouTube, Facebook and the other major industry player on the internet. But for now, this app is doing great and has its own place in the internet.

This list of news apps are my own compilation and may be useful to some and not to others. They all have their own interesting and useful features and all of these apps are free to use. You can simply download any one of the above listed news apps according to your liking. And if you are not satisfied with this app, you can always go to the next one on the list.

At Big Boxes, LED Lights Still Reflect the Big Name Lighting Manufacturers

Philips, Osram Sylvania, and GE. These are the three big names in the lighting industry and have been the largest players for years. With the rise of LED light bulbs, and the ban of new manufactures of common 60-watt incandescents, there was a chance for smaller players to break into the lighting market.

At big box stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Menard’s, though, the shelves are stocked with only the big brands. Does the reason for this boil down to a branding or a technology issue?

In terms of the technology, LEDs would make an almost-perfect fit for electronic components manufacturers to edge into the lighting market. After all, LED technology is all over computers, circuit boards, and all sorts of components. Companies that manufacture these items have the potential for vertical integration of a lighting division.

Samsung is a perfect example of a company that started making LEDs, and currently has a line of them, but they are nonexistent to most consumers since they are not on the shelf at Walmart or Menard’s. In addition to candelabra and reflector bulbs, Samsung also created a line of general service replacement LEDs for 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent bulbs.

This indicates that the big names in lighting are big because consumers recognize them, so big boxes stock their products almost exclusively. It has been uncommon for other companies — large or small — to generate buzz in the lighting industry, with the recent rise in popularity of Cree being the exception that proves the rule. The vast majority of products stocked by most home improvement stores reflect the lighting industry’s brightest stars.

While Philips, GE, and Sylvania make excellent products (which is why they are so popular), consumers at big box home improvement stores are offered an extremely limited number of options when shopping for LED lights. Now that LEDs are mainstream and coming down in price, the opportunity is huge online but seemingly limited in retail stores.

This is why LED shoppers have to go online and do their own research to find what are often very competitive options. Most manufacturers offer long warranties for their bulbs, from three to five years, making it attractive for consumers to switch from the older to newer technology. Besides tradition and name-brand recognition, there is little reason to shop blindly for LEDs through only the big three lighting companies.

At least in this first round of LED development, the big three remain at the top of the food chain. As lighting technology continues to increase, will we see more players jump into the market? Cree’s popularity indicates that there may be more room in the future for lighting companies to break through the mainstream and start appearing on store shelves.

Internet Technology Keeps People Updated

The internet is a source for finding anything and everything that a consumer could possibly want or even need. As the internet has become more and more popular over the past fifteen years, technologies have been introduced to increase the speeds of downloads leading to reduced wait times for sites to load.

The increase speeds at which computers have been able to access information over the internet have given way to other technological advances in processing speeds and memory capacities for computer hardware and equipment. As the years have passed, online services have increased the capability of what type of media a website can present. Steaming media online allows real time information to be passed through internet connections without data delays being caused by the large amounts of memory and information that is stored by a web server.

All of these technological advances have led to the average computer user being able to access millions of bytes of information ready to be downloaded at their fingertips. Video and audio data files that once took hours to download now play instantaneously through a computer screen and speakers informing the world of current events that are broadcast in real time with only a few seconds delay. 

In the past few years, local radio stations have begun broadcasting simultaneously on air waves and online through streaming media. News radio online services give listeners the ability to receive news of current happenings wherever they may be in the world. The technology to keep people connected to important events and happenings through news radio online stations is making it possible for everyone everywhere to stay informed.