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Favorite iPad News Apps: July 2010

I LOVE reading news and blog posts on my iPad. Back in May 2010, I used Appolicious to create a “curated list” of the best news apps for the iPad and posted them here. This evening I tried to update that list and was not able to, so I renamed it “Favorite iPad News Apps May 2010” and then made a new “Favorite iPad News Apps July 2010” list. Here are my top 10 news app pics for the iPad as of today:

Favorite iPad News Apps July 2010 by wfryer | Appolicious ™ iPhone App Directory

The new apps I’ve added since May include Feeder, Flipboard, Mashable, Newsy, ABC News for iPad, and Pulse. Apps falling off my top ten list include USA Today for iPad, NPR for iPad, BBC News, AP News, IMDb and The Weather Channel for iPad. Apps which maintained their standing on my top ten list include Fluent News Reader, The Wall Street Journal, the NYT Editors’ Choice, and Reuter’s Galleries. Reuter’s Galleries is my all-time favorite news application from a visual literacy standpoint.

Several of the news apps I’ve listed above are VERY new. Flipboard is one which just went public last week, but it was overwhelmed with new user account requests. The Flipboard update from July 22nd reveals a new version is available which allows users to submit their email and get into a queue for account activation. The app still works if you don’t create an account, but you can’t link your Twitter or Facebook accounts to customize the experience. I have NOT been able to get my own Flipboard account activated yet, but I’m still including it on this list because it has such a stellar interface and user experience even with news feeds curated by others. There is no question in my mind the iPad is the best digital device I’ve ever used for consuming content. It’s amazing to realize it’s still just a few months old.

All our family’s iOS apps (334 to date) are listed on my Appolicious profile. H/T to Lucy Gray for letting me know about Appolicious several months ago.

What are your favorite news apps on the iPad? In addition to these apps, I continue to regularly use the Google Reader web application optimized for the iPad.

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3 responses to “Favorite iPad News Apps: July 2010”

  1. Jeri Hurd Avatar

    HI, Wes

    I was going to suggest the BBC app (great design), when I saw you had it below. It’s not a news app, but the Weather HD is gorgeous–I use it a lot, just to look at the pics! : )

    BTW: I must have snuck in early enough on Flipboard that I could link to FB and Twitter–amazing. I really love it. Gives a large enough snipped of each link so you know whether you want to read the whole thing or not, and does a good job of choosing which pics to use for visual appeal!

  2. Evan Avatar

    Hi Wes,

    I like the list that you’ve put together, and I’d like to submit my company, YourVersion for your consideration 🙂

    We just released our free iPad app for personalized news (we’re currently featured in the New & Noteworthy section in the App Store under News apps). I’d love for you to give it a try to see how you like it.

    Type in any topic(s) of interest, and our app will find the latest, relevant news from across the web tailored to your specific interests. We also let you sort through the stories you find by content channel (news, blogs, webpages, tweets, and videos). Please give us a try and we’d love to hear your feedback!

  3. Christopher Avatar

    Does anyone know of any database programs for iPad that will allow me tomcat a running record for my class to track behavior and academics? I have looked at Bento but comments seem to suggest that you have to have the desktop application to really be able to create databases and Filemaker is ,ore of a viewer for databases created with the desktop app.