There is plenty said about how the mobile age of smartphones, tablets and readers makes it easier than ever for us to keep up with what is going on in the world. But in some respects, that is a little disingenuous. After all, having the perfect reader is great as far as it goes, but you still need the right software and apps in order to make the best use of it.
The truth is that there are a thousand different apps out there that can keep you abreast of the news that matters to you. However, an embarrassment of riches is not always a good thing, and the last thing you need is to be leaping from one app to another. Here are some of the very best that cater to a range of different tastes and priorities.
As you might expect from the biggest website on the planet, Google News covers a broad range of stories from across the web, and the globe. There are no busy journalists writing copy here, the stories are all curated from respected sites, and if it is broad brush coverage you are looking for, then look no further. The tech here is also at the cutting edge, and the more you use the app, the better it will understand which stories matter to you. If you are only going to install one app, this is the one to go for.
Mobile betting has become immensely popular among sports fans, and is a great way to feel personally involved in a game or race. But to know where to place their money, sports enthusiasts need to stay up to date with all the latest team news, injuries and so on. Unibet is one of the best known bookmaker apps, but its blog is also a great place to read about sports As a one stop shop to get the latest tips and then act on them, this one is hard to beat.
Here’s a corporation that was delivering world news long before the internet revolution. It remains one of the most respected news sources on the planet, and combines traditional reporting with live streams, podcasts and a whole lot more. There is so much to explore you can easily get distracted, but the “breaking news” ticker will make sure you are alerted if anything vitally important happens while you are busy looking at those cat videos!
In many ways, this is the polar opposite to the BBC. Buzzfeed took the world by storm when it appeared on the scene 12 years ago, and was an instant hit with its tabloid-style approach to news and current affairs. Don’t let the listicles and celebrity gossip fool you, however, this is an app that also provides high quality journalism on the biggest stories of the day. The app is also highly customizable, meaning you can set it up to deliver content that is tailored to your own priorities and interests.
Markus lives in San Francisco, California and is the video game and audio expert on Good e-Reader! He has a huge interest in new e-readers and tablets, and gaming.