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Published: Wednesday February 13, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 3:41:56 PM

The app-sphere abounds with different news-related apps

READING news on the go, especially on the mobile phone or on your tablet, is a breeze these days thanks to the free apps available.

While some of these news readers are customised by individual media organisers for its users, many of the apps found for iOS and Android users act as an aggregator, sourcing news and features from various sources and sites to make reading much easier. The apps are:

Malaysia News (iOS)

This app offers one of the quicker ways to access local news while on the go. While this is not an official website from any of the Malaysian media organisations, the developer of this app has cleverly used the RSS feeds from the local and international news organisations to spool to its site.

Users can find 19 of the local newspapers in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil on this app. It also features international news from six global organisations, feeding content from local websites and popular blogs.

This simple app offers easy scrolling and quick access to news at a glance. It also allows users to save and store the news for offline reading.

AP Mobile (iOS, Android)

For global news, the US-based news agency Associated Press’s app, AP Mobile has plenty to offer for free.

Aside from feeding top and sports news as it breaks across the world, what make this app interesting is that it offers pictures and videos from top news, sports and showbiz taken by AP’s photographers and cameramen.

It streams its content excellently over 3G and even more so over Wi-Fi.

AP Mobile offers a wide coverage for news junkies, plenty of photography with colourful pages for its readers.

Flipboard (iOS, Android)

Flipboard has more than just news to offer. It shares everything found on the web from breaking news to all sorts of features, either published by well known and reputable media organisations to bloggers.

What is interesting about Flipboard is that it allows users to customise what they want to read and see. Basically, it acts like an aggregator to pick the news or features from various pages found on the web and present it in a magazine style format for its users.

You can also share interesting stories and pictures through social media networks like Twitter or Facebook.

Flipboard is user-friendly and easy to navigate. The tap and flip mode make it a breeze to browse the ma-gazine feel and look like pages.

Awesome Apps is a new weekly column that identifies “cool” applications for smartphone and tablets users. Each week, we will highlight and review these apps. Readers can also send their suggestions to awesomeapps@thestar.com.my

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