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The 7 Best News Apps for Your iPhone or iPad

The 7 Best News Apps for Your iPhone or iPad

iPhones and iPads are perfect tools for consuming news. You can quickly glance at the latest updates on your iPhone, then when you have more time, kick back and enjoy longer articles on your iPad. There are enough online news sources to suit every need, but separating the signal from the noise isn’t always easy.

Listed below are the best news apps that take the work out of finding and organizing the constant stream of online content. Whether you want news from sources you know and trust, or you’d prefer to discover new voices, the following apps have you covered.

Flipboard

Flipboard

    Flipboard is one of the most popular news apps, and lets you use your social feeds to curate the best online content into your own personal magazines. You have full control over where your news on Flipboard comes from. You can choose from various publications, social feeds, and even topics created by other users. If you feel like helping others find better news, you can curate stories into a magazine and make it publicly available for others to follow.

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    Design is one of Flipboard’s strong points, and all of the articles are formatted for easy mobile reading. For most people, it’s the ideal app for news.

    Circa

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        Unlike Flipboard, the news in Circa isn’t simply pulled in from other publications. A team of people edit news into bite-sized chunks that are displayed in what can almost be described as slideshows. Each slide makes up part of a story, and you swipe up to get to the next slide. The format is ideal for mobile viewing as it makes it easy to catch up with the latest stories while on the go.

        To make sure you never miss an update, you can follow ongoing stories and receive notifications when anything significant occurs.

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        If you enjoy reading in-depth articles, this app isn’t for you, but if you want to consume news in bite-sized chunks, Circa is hard to beat.

        TLDR

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            TLDR is another app that doesn’t force you to scroll through long in-depth articles. This apps uses content from various online sources, but instead of just displaying articles as they are, it shows you short summaries of each story. I prefer Circa’s format, but if you want your news from sources that you know and trust, TLDR is the better option.

            News360

            News360
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                News360 is an ideal app for scanning through headlines, then drilling down into more detail. You can catch what’s happening with a quick glance at your screen, then if a story piques your curiosity, you can read more about it from various different sources.

                Umano

                Umano
                   

                  For those of you who would rather listen to the news than read it, Umano is ideal. It lets you listen to professionals read news from your favorite publications. This means that you can easily catch up while commuting or completing chores. It’s a well-designed app that could be described as the Flipboard for audio.

                  Zite

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                  Zite
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                      Zite’s unique selling point is that over time, it learns more about your interests and starts to recommend news stories to you based on what it thinks you’ll want to read. While recommending content, the app aims to help you discover new sources and fresh opinions. The app is well designed and in theory, it takes away some of the work you have to do while searching for the best sources of news online.

                      Digg

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                        Gone are the days when Digg was a cluttered website full of links. The iOS app is clean, minimal, and a joy to use. The articles on Digg give you a snapshot of what’s going on, and what’s being talked about the most online.

                        The mentioned apps are only the best of many more that are available in the App Store. They are all currently free, so I recommend trying them all out before settling on your ultimate choice.

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                        10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                        10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                        The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                        Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                        Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                        In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                        1. Cal Calendar

                          Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                          The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                          Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                          Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                          What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                          Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                          Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                          Available for iOS and Android

                          2. Google Calendar

                            Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                            Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                            Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                            The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                            Available for iOS and Android

                            3. Jorte Calendar

                              Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                              The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                              Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                              For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                              A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                              Available for iOS and Android

                              4. Business Calendar

                                Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                                Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                                Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                Available for Android

                                5. Calendar

                                  Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                  A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                  Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                  Available for Desktop, and iOS

                                  6. aCalendar

                                    aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                    Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                    Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                    When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                    Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                    The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                    The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                    Available for Android

                                    7. DigiCal Calendar

                                      DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                      With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                      Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                      The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                      Available for Android

                                      8. SolCalendar

                                        SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                        The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                        Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                        Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                        Available for Android

                                        9. Today Calendar

                                          Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                          The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                          If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                          Available for Android

                                          10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                            Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                            Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                            The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                            This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                            If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                            At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                            Available for Android

                                            Our Verdict

                                            Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                            Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                            Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                            The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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