Simple Way to Read
Don’t have time to flip through the whole newspaper, but want to still be in the know? You’re not alone. According to The Pew Research Center, more Americans are turning to digital outlets over newspapers, radio and even TV for their news. Every day, there are more and more apps and services designed to consolidate the latest news into easy-to-consume digital editions.
One recent one, Facebook’s Paper app, has been getting a lot of buzz. It’s beautifully designed, and provides the best from your personal Facebook News Feed as well as news from other categories, including top headlines, technoloy, pop culture and sports.
The release of Paper set me forth on a mission: to find the best news aggregator for you! What I found was the best services offer great content that is personalized and efficient to your needs. Here are a few I would recommend:
High Design: Paper (free app)
Besides for being visually pleasing, Facebook’s Paper app is great for exploring stories from your friends and news from around the world on your favorite topics. Currently, Paper offers content curated by their editors, so you may get a lot of news from their favorite publishers like Time or The New York Times. Be careful if you’re already spending too much time on Facebook, this may pull you down the rabbit hole even more!
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A Personalized Approach: Flipboard (free app)
This stunningly visual app is better at giving you control over the content you view. You can determine which sources you want, and hone in more closely on topics that interest you. It’s provided in a magazine-style layout, so it feels organized and lets you be your own editor in chief.
Smarter Discovery: Zite (free app)
Zite has an impressive learning algorithm behind it, so the more you use it, the more attuned it becomes to your tastes. While reading, you gives stories a thumbs up or thumbs down, so after a while you’ll see more of what you want. You might end up with so much that you want to read that you won’t have time to get to it all. Try an app like Pocket to save content for offline reading later.
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Comedic and to the Point: The Skimm (free daily newsletter)
Missed the water cooler chat for the day? No worries — the duo behind the Skimm offer up cocktail-worthy discussion topics in easily digestible, conversational tones. You’d think you’re chatting with your best friend, but you’re really getting the latest news highlights from former NBC News producers.
One and Done: Yahoo’s News Digest (free app)
If you don’t want to take the time to pick categories or choose your sources, Yahoo’s News Digest does it for you. There is no customization, just a straight feed of what they deem the most important stories of the day. Twice a day, you are presented with about 10 news stories chosen from a hybrid algorithm, editorially curated approach.
It seems as though a new news aggregator is popping up every day — pretty soon we’ll need an aggregator to aggregate all of them!