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Best news and RSS apps for iPhone and iPad

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The built-in Apple News app won't cut it for many. Try these awesome news and RSS apps instead!
The built-in Apple News app won't cut it for many. Try these awesome news and RSS apps instead!
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app-factor-logo-thumbnailThe iPhone and iPad are both great ways to consume news and RSS on the go, or while simply lounging around the house. No matter what service you use — Feedly, Feed Wrangler or something else — there are tons of RSS and news apps that support them. If you don’t need a news aggregator service, or don’t even know what that means, there are still news apps that can help you find interesting things to read.

These are currently the best of the best news apps available for iPhone and iPad — and why I think they’re so great.

Week’s best apps: Star Wars, Newsify and more

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'Appy weekend everyone.

As usual, that means we're counting down the top apps you may have missed from the previous 7 days -- everything from an update to a truly excellent game to a fantastic way to keep up to date with your Apple Watch.

Without further ado, then, here are this week’s awesome apps!

A long time ago (well, three days ago) in an App Store far, far away, Disney finally dropped its official Star Wars app ahead of the release of this winter’s Episode VII movie. Bringing you all the breaking news and interactive features you can shake a lightsaber at, the app will let you know the second a new trailer drops or any other big announcement is made.

On top of that, the app lets you unlock 3D characters for a special Augmented Reality camera feature, take and share a Star Wars selfie, and so much more.

Download it you probably should.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Superb endless runner Alto’s Adventure is one of the year’s best games, and the 1.1 upgrade makes it even better — giving you a way to spend all those coins you’ve earned by buying helmets to protect you from crashes, chasm rescue kits, llama stampede horns, and much more.

If you’re already getting good-to-great at this atmospheric iOS game, this well-timed upgrade is just the thing to keep you enjoying the game’s snowy landscapes throughout the summer months.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

News at a glance is something we can get on board with for the Apple Watch, and this Watch-friendly update of the free Reeder rival has now incorporated that into its lineup. Giving you the chance to check out the headline, source and main image of a variety of relevant news stories and then either read the best ones or mark them for later reading, the app is a great way to stay up to date while on the move.

The accompanying iPhone app’s not bad, either.

Available on: iPhone/iPad/Apple Watch

Price: Free

Download: App Store

For as long as we’ve been using Facebook, it’s been almost impossible to control your News Feed, with Facebook’s algorithms determining which stories you’re exposed to each day.

That changed with the new Facebook update which lets users tweak their preferences to select which pages and friends do and don’t appear at the top of their News Feed every time they log in.

Great move, Mark Zuckerberg!

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Given that most of us spend a bit of time sitting on the bus, subway or just lounging on the sofa each day, our omnipresent iPhones are pretty much the perfect tool for keeping a diary. Daygram is a great diary tool, encouraging you to keep track of your thoughts using a simple tap-based UI.

Not only is it great practice to write every day, but it’s also possible to gain some fascinating insights into your life just by virtue of writing down your thoughts. Recommended!

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $1.99

Download: App Store

Feedly Adds Support For A Bunch Of RSS Apps Like Reeder

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When Google announced the shut down of Google Reader this past March, Feedly stepped up, promising to create its own Reader-like system for other third party RSS apps to connect to, and thereby lessen the impact of Google’s industry-standard takedown.

In a blog post today, Feedly announced the next step of its plan to rule the RSS landscape with the support of several third party RSS apps, including Reeder, Press, Nextgen Reader, Newsify and gReader. I use Reeder on a daily basis on both my Mac and my iPad (which continues to be free until Google Reader actually shuts down its service as of July 1).