News and views made easy to use

A host of news aggregators that make news reading a hassle-free affair By Adarsh matham

Published: 19th August 2012 12:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th August 2012 12:00 PM   |  A+A-


A host of news aggregators that make news reading a hassle-free affair

Flipboard (iOS, Android)

While there are many news aggregators for iOS and Android, there is nothing that rivals Flipboard in beautiful design and usability. Like any good news aggregator Flipboard brings together top newspapers, along with popular blogs letting you make your own niche, free magazine. If you so prefer you can just let Flipboard do the dirty work by just selecting fields like technology or politics so that you get all the latest news from the day ready in a easy-to-read form.

Pulse (iOS, Android, web app)

While Pulse loses to Flipboard on style, the news reader more than makes it up by being available not just on iOS and Android, but also as a web app which means you can access your personal pulse on your computer if you are away from your tablet or smart phone. Pulse presents all articles in a Dual view letting you either read just a quick summary or letting you dive into the original website. There is a quick two-step sharing option with the likes of Facebook and Twitter. A personal favourite though is the offline sync feature which lets you read articles even when away from data source.

Mixtab (OSX)

While it is easier to keep abreast of news on a computer than on a tablet, a good news reader makes life much more easier. And if that news reader is Mixtab, you can do it in style. Mixtab divides all the topics you care about like technology and sports into nice little tabs. You can either let Mixtab pull the best new emerging stories or if you so prefer can make up your own tabs to pull stories from sources that you care about. Once you create a tab you can share it and can also use public tabs created by other Mixtab users.

Google Reader (Web)

Talking of news readers there is nothing better than Google Reader for anywhere anytime support. All you need to do is log in to Google Reader with you Google credentials, add some RSS feeds, and it will start showing you stories like a newspaper. One drawback though is that while it gives you recommendations, it does not offer you stories under tabs like technology. You have to do all the grunt work of adding RSS feeds from websites. But the upshot is where there is a browser there is the Reader.


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