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News Republic 4.0 Update Adds New One Feed and Fresh Look

Posted by Jeff Scott on January 15th, 2014
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

News Republic has just been updated to 4.0. The update adds a new One Feed view showing the top news from all subscribed topics in one view along with a fresh new look. News Republic has long been a great option for keep track of key news items in topics of interest, but this update adds even more brains to the process as it learns what the reader views and presents related items more often in your topic feeds.

SPUN: City News Review

Posted by Rob Rich on December 24th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Developer: Broadcastr, Inc
Price: FREE
Version: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar


Print media is having a fairly rough time of it these days. Newspapers are suffering, magazines are shutting down left and right, all because of digital content. It’s a shame, then, to think about how apps like SPUN: City News could end up being the final nail in the coffin. Although it’s good news (no pun intended) for the app I guess.

SPUN acts as the area’s local newspaper tucked neatly on a mobile device. It uses location services to determine the user’s city, then fills their screen with recent news items. Of course there’s a bit more to it than that. Articles are divided up into several categories including Top Stories, Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, and Lifestyle. Much like a physical newspaper, really. Each page is actually one side of a cube, and users can swipe left and right between them as needed. They can also swipe down to scroll through older stories to see what they’ve missed. Users can mark their favorites and leave comments as well.

Having a bunch of current local stories on hand is great in itself, but SPUN offers a bit more than that. In addition to all the information, each story is flagged with a location. Any favorites a user marks can also be set to sound off an alert if they come within a certain distance, so if someone spots an interesting item about a new restaurant they can check the handy map that pops up above the story for directions and even get a heads-up once they get close.

It’s strange though, for all of SPUN’s intuitiveness it seems to be missing a couple of obvious features. The most immediately noticeable is the inability to simply tap the top of the screen to immediately scroll back up to the top of the list. Virtually every other interactive bit of iOS media does this, so why not here? And while I’m on the subject, where’s that “pull down to refresh” feature I’ve gotten so used to? The absence of these two interface options aren’t deal breakers, but they’re certainly a glaring omission. And, of course, there are currently only four categories to flip between. No sports, no movie listings, no political section, etc.

SPUN: City News is a fairly ambitious app, and it does what it’s meant to rather well, but it’s not quite up to snuff when compared to its printed counterparts. With a few more categories and some basic interface options it could be quite the contender, though.

Readability Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lisa Caplan on March 2nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: READING BEAUTIFIED
It's been a long battle getting Readability's app approved by Apple. Now that it's out, was it worth the wait?
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Newstream Review

By Jennifer Allen on November 1st, 2011
Newstream offers the personalized newspaper experience but with some strange feature omissions.
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Editions by AOL Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Lisa Caplan on August 29th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: UNDERWHELMING
AOL's Editions brings a daily servings of customized news magazine reading to iPad.
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Mixtab for iPad Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Chris Kirby on December 31st, 2010
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: MIXED UP
Mixtab gives you access to curated content, but no way to "mix" your own.
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iDygest Provides iOS News on the Go

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on November 5th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

A lot happens in any given day and it can be extremely tough to keep up with all the news constantly flowing around the web. While those of us here at 148Apps try and keep you up to speed on the most important happenings, there will be times when you just want to quickly browse the headlines and see if anything stands out. iDygest does a terrific job of providing you with the day's newest and biggest stories in an info-packed, easy-to-navigate app.

Upon loading iDygest you're greeted with a listing of the current top 10 hottest stories. Clicking on any headline will take you to a brief description of the story, culled from various sources around the web. If you'd like to find out more, the app provides links to every source article, allowing you to quickly and easily get multiple viewpoints and opinions on any one story. Even better, when you're done reading one article you can simply tap the back button to return to iDygest, no opening and closing Safari or other browsers and taking the long way back to the app. The whole process is incredibly streamlined and efficient.

iDygest also sorts news by the most recently posted stories, so it's incredibly easy to stay up-to-date on all the latest happenings. This is great for industry insiders and bloggers such as myself who need to be ready to cover breaking news as it occurs. Rather than having to sort through multiple readers and RSS feeds iDygest brings all the latest happenings right to your fingertips in an exceptionally user-friendly manner. For news junkies and folks who like to be in the know this app is absolutely top-notch, and one which you'll likely find incredibly useful. I'm a huge fan of iDygest, and I'm pretty sure that if you try it out you will be too.

Flud for iPad Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Kirby on September 2nd, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CHECK ITS PULSE
Is it Flud or is it Pulse? It's hard to tell at first, but Flud has a few performance enhancements that set it apart from its competition.
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Times for iPad Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Chris Kirby on August 13th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NEEDS MORE TIME
Times is gorgeous, but there has to be something more under the surface.
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