July 07, 2012, 7:11 AM — Why read the paper when you can get news crafted especially for you? Thanks to your smartphone, you can keep up with current events no matter where you are. Here are the apps that let you consume news your way--giving you more of what you care about, and less of what you don’t.
Stitcher (free) Android | iOSWith more than 10,000 podcasts and radio shows to choose from on Stitcher, you’re bound to find something you like. The app can suggest stations based on topics that matter to you. For example, if you’re following the 2012 presidential election, you’ll appreciate Stitcher’s Election Center, where you can see which political issues are trending and hear podcasts that mention them.
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1Weather (free) AndroidThe attractive 1Weather has more features than you can shake a windsock at. The app shows local conditions, forecasts for the week and for the next few hours, severe-weather alerts, and even the current lunar phase. Animations add to its charm, and an included widget displays a ton of information at a glance.
EDITOR'S PICKPocket (free) Android | iOSFormerly Read It Later, Pocket lets you save practically anything you can find online for offline viewing. The app makes articles easier to read, and it works with other apps such as Flipboard, Twitter, and Zite. Pocket is ideal for catching up on news during your commute or while you’re on a flight with no data connection.
Flipboard (free) iOSIn contrast to the magazine-style tablet version of Flipboard, the relatively new iPhone incarnation feels like a notepad full of interesting articles and captivating photos. It connects to your social media accounts and RSS feeds, aggregating that information, so you can browse your news and your Facebook feed without having to switch apps.