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CNN Launches iPad App

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on December 15th, 2010
iPad App - Designed for iPad

CNN, one of the world's leading news organizations, today announced that it has launched its official iPad app. The new app will present CNN's top stories, as well as blogs, videos and other articles from around the news network. Users can also share articles via Facebook and Twitter and watch live video of major world events as they happen.

“High quality, world-class journalism is what CNN does best, whether live breaking news, hard-hitting interviews or in-depth investigations, and our iPad app presents that content to the world in a wholly new way,” said KC Estenson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN.com. “This app harnesses the best of what the iPad offers by leveraging striking photos and videos; elegant, multi-touch navigation; and the ability to share content with your friends via social media.”

“One of the things about the app that excites us most is the ability to serve the news needs of iPad users while also exposing them to original, enterprise content from CNN that will surprise and delight them,” added Louis Gump, vice president of CNN Mobile. “The CNN App was built from the ground up with our consumers in mind, and we are proud of the new CNN experience we’ve created for the device.”

To celebrate the launch of the iPad app CNN has also announced that the iPhone and iPod versions are now free, and that the international edition has received an update which will allow users to watch live video of breaking news. So ultimately today is a big day for news junkies no matter how you slice it.

With so many news apps out there it will be interesting to see which way users lean and if any one service emerges as a dominant player in the app space. One thing's for sure though, with the BBC, NY Times, CNN and tons of others all vying for your attention, there's basically no way for anyone with an iPad to ever feel like they're out of the loop on what's going on in the world.

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.