Posted: Aug 30, 2013 9:00 AM
When's the last time you picked up a newspaper to read the news? Chances are, it's been a while — maybe even years — thanks to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Instead of relying on what your friends share online for your daily news intake, these top news reading apps will keep you up to date on current events, no matter where you are.

AP Mobile

AP Mobile appWith the AP Mobile app, you can have all of the news stories from The Associated Press at your fingertips. Add your location and customize the categories so you only get the news you want to read. With everything from top news to lifestyle, you'll always know what's going on in the world around you. After reading an article that you like, it's easy to share via email, Facebook or Twitter directly from the app. The AP Mobile app packs a lot in for a free app although it does have ads. Also, the dark background with white lettering can be a little tiring on the eyes after a while.

Get It^AP Mobile is available for free in iTunes and Google Play.

NPR News

NPR News appDon't feel like reading but still want to get caught up on the news? Plug in your headphones or stream through your Bluetooth device and listen to the NPR News app. Bookmark your favorite stations and create playlists of articles you'd like to listen to later. Some articles in the news feed allow you to read while you listen while others are text only. The user interface is very easy to navigate on all devices. While this news reading app doesn't have as many news articles as other apps, it's definitely worth your time if you'd like to listen to your news.

Get It^NPR News is available for free in iTunes and in Google Play. NPR News for iPad is also available for free in iTunes.


Flipboard appFlipboard combines your social networks with your favorite news sources to create a digital magazine that is totally and completely you. Flip between pages with a swipe of your fingers. When you find an article you want to read, tap it, read and then share with your social networks or add it to one of your personal magazines. I really like that you can subscribe to a variety of sources and that you can create different magazines based on your individual interests. With everything going on in the app, it can be a little confusing to navigate between the pages sometimes.

Get It^Flipboard is available for free in iTunes and in Google Play.


Prismatic appPrismatic is a news reading app designed with your interests in mind. After downloading the app, connect it with either your Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account so it can create suggestions for you. You can also add your location and your favorite publications for news stories. Your home stream will feature a mix of articles from your interests or you can read from the individual streams if you want to stay on one topic. As you read and interact with the app, it learns what you like and don't like. The interactive, customizable feature is pretty interesting for a news app and it's fairly easy to use. No complaints here.

Get It^Prismatic is available for free in iTunes.


Pulse appWinner of the 2011 Apple Design Award, Pulse is a news reading app that is beautifully designed and easy to use. Import your RSS feeds, add your social networks and handpick your favorite news sources. Create your own sections so you can easily read articles that interest you. You'll want to create a Pulse account so you can take advantage of all the features in the app. Since Google Reader has disappeared, I really like that this news reading app doubles as an RSS reader. I did have some trouble signing into my account a few times and adding content to my sections, but it didn't last long and I'm hoping they fix this bug soon.

Get It^Pulse is available for free in iTunes and Google Play.


Instapaper appWhile Instapaper isn't technically a news reading app, it's still worth noting because it allows you to bookmark articles you want to read later. If you find an article on Pulse, Flipboard or another news reading app that you want to read later, save it on Instapaper so you can go back when you do have time. The nice thing about Instapaper is everything you save is downloaded so you can read it even if your device is offline. It's a simple app to help you read everything you want to online. The downside is you have to buy the app and you have to pay for optional subscriptions.

Get It^Instapaper is available for $4 in iTunes and $3 in Google Play.

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