News360 iPhone App Recently Updated
News360 is a one of the top news apps for the iPhone and iPad that has been around for a while now. One of the best things it has always had going for it was its ability to provide multiple articles for any one particular news story. You can get all of the information about a story by reading about it from several points of view. It's one of the more unique takes on a news app.
You start off by choosing your interests in news stories. You can choose several categories such as politics, business and technology. You can also log in to your social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, and the app will learn even more about what you like to read about. If you're not interested in these features, you can certainly use it as a regular news app, selecting predefined categories such as top stories or local news. However, having only the articles that interest me on the homepage is definitely appealing.
You can swipe through articles in both portrait or landscape views. The article's title and photo fill up the screen, while tapping on one will bring up a summary of the article. You can view the full article, as seen on the source's page, or you can tap on the "reader" icon and the entire screen, with the exception of the status bar, will be filled with text. This option is by far the best when reading long articles. It gives you a clean, simple view without any distractions.
Above each article is a set of options, including sharing via social networks, saving to "read later" apps, liking or disliking, and saving to a favorites folder. When you "like" or "dislike" an article, the app will learn your preferences and show you more or less of a certain category in your homepage.
Below each article's photo is where you'll find the list of other news sources that have reported the same story. In some cases, depending on the popularity of the story, the additional sources can be in the hundreds. You can then proceed to read more about the story from different viewpoints, to gain an even better understanding of the event.
The app's recent update brought a new design that really is gorgeous. The app is incredibly smooth and responsive when tested on the iPhone 5. It's free in the app store, so give it a try.
Best and Worst
Best: You can easily find several articles about the same story to get the most accurate account of the event.
Worst: You can't mark stories as "read". So, it becomes difficult to keep track of new articles.