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News aggregators and discovery tools are among the most popular apps in the App Store. The most popular, such as Flipboard, attract a major following and are staples to the smartphone experience. Others tend to be more niche: some offer specific sources, or integration with other services. Interesting promises to be more of the latter, but with a playful design and emphasis on subjects that the technically savvy are most likely to enjoy.

Interesting launches in to a saturated market. The news aggregator has been tried in almost every possible form: from digital magazine to traditional list, there’s not much differentiation to be found in the presentation of content. (more…)

There are plenty of services and apps to save articles to read later, and there are other apps that will strip the extra formatting out so the article is easier to read, and there are still more services that let you save pages to create notes. Not all of that works great together, though, and very little of it allows you to discover brand new-to-you content that’s interesting and informative.

The amazing dotdotdot Reader gives you all of that. Save articles and posts from your computer or on your iPhone, import them into a more readable format, and annotate and highlight as you read. There’s a great social component too, allowing you to see the comments of others on what you’re reading and find new stuff to read by following cool people with similar interests. Let’s take a look at dotdotdot Reader and see how well it manages all of these different features. (more…)

I’m sure most of you have heard the saying, “everyone loves a comeback story.” They often take place in the realm of athletics, but are also common in the world of tech. Many individuals believe that Yahoo! is trending upwards after a long and painful downward spiral. AOL can also be considered a comeback story. After losing the majority of its subscribers once DSL and broadband Internet became more readily available, AOL changed gears by running many well to-do news properties, including Engadget, The Huffington Post, Joystiq and TechCrunch.

Digg is attempting to become another successful comeback story, after losing many of its users in 2010 after the release of Digg version 4. Just over a year ago Digg was bought by Betaworks, and the site went through a new redesign, bringing with it a much cleaner and friendlier interface. With the announcement of Google Reader’s eventual demise earlier this year, Digg jumped at the opportunity to add their own reader functionality — dubbed Digg Reader. After toying around with Digg Reader in the Digg app, I’m ready to share my experience. (more…)

When it comes to reading on the iPhone, there are no shortage of apps out there that let you catch up on the latest blogs, books, magazine, newspapers, etc. But there are very few that are able to present you with your content on a small screen like the iPhone in a great and visual way.

Recently, Google threw itself into the ring with its own version of a reading app, named Google Currents. Unfortunately, they had a bit of poor planning on the launch as they came out a day or so after Flipboard released its amazing iPhone app. Can Google enter this crowded space and be a dominant force on the iPhone or is this just another reader that will slowly fade away? Let’s check it out more and you can see for yourself.

Recently, we posted a head-to-head match between Pulse and FLUD, two attractive and innovative new readers for the iPhone. Today we want to get your input on which unique news aggregator you like best.

Our contestants are Pulse News Mini, FLUD Mobile, Reeder, Taptu and News360. All of these are quality attempts at versatile, customizable and design-conscious news readers and all are free with the exception of Reeder.

Cast your vote on the right and tell us which app you think is the best, then leave a comment below ranking those that you’ve tried. Obviously, we couldn’t list every news reader on the App Store so feel free to write in your favorite if we missed it!

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the iPad for me has been the richly interactive new ways it has brought to consume content. There is simply no better experience for reading the news from your favorite sources than that provided by the host of innovative iPad apps.

Today we bring you just such an app. FLUD is a beautiful newsreader with a unique interface that’s catching the attention of designers and news addicts everywhere.

Now that Apple has entered the mobile eBook market with iBooks, it’s a good time to look at Amazon’s offerings. While Amazon originally released the Kindle strictly as a hardware platform for reading eBooks, that changed with the release of an iPhone app in March, 2009 – a full year and a month before Apple would release the iPad and the iBooks platform.

Today we’re reviewing both the iPad and iPhone version of Kindle, and drawing some in-depth comparisons to Apple’s latest offering in the form of iBooks.


GoodReader has earned a lot of praise online and in the App Store for being a superb PDF reader, showing the high demand for this kind of functionality on both the iPad and iPhone/iPod touch. It was one of the first file management apps for the iPad, and connects to a huge range of different servers and devices.

As this review is going to show, GoodReader’s capabilities are not limited to just viewing PDF’s, but a large number of file types including audio and even video.


I must confess that I don’t have a Kindle or read eBooks on my laptop, but I was thinking the other day about downloading a few eBooks on my iPhone. After a little research, I found myself fairly impressed at the range of options out there!

I’ve put together a roundup that includes ten of the best eBook readers for the platform. Whether you’re wanting to read Kindle books, classic novels, or simply PDFs – there’s something for you.