The avalanche of breaking news stories can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right apps, you can keep up with what’s going on in a way that’s personalized to your interests and avoid getting buried by clickbait articles. The good news is that many of the big mobile operating systems (both Android and iOS) have their own built-in tools for keeping you in the know, with options for third-party extras as well.
Google News, which is included with all Android phones and a free download on iOS devices, will take what it knows about you (such as your search history, location, and the apps you use) and serve up story snippets that might interest you. If you want to receive push notifications for the most important stories, you’ll need to open the menu and go to Settings, then tap Notifications. You’ll also find an easy-to-use widget for your home screen if you want to glance at your morning briefings without opening the app.
The free News360 aggregator, meanwhile, will curate a news feed based on your search history and preferences, with options to follow topics, news sources, and individual journalists. The app also lets you give articles a thumbs up or down, as well as leave comments. And you can choose whether to view news in the app’s reader or on the original source website, which can be a nice touch if you prefer reading on your phone. And for the latest developments in health, it’s worth checking out the dedicated apps from reputable sources like the BBC and Popular Science, both of which offer push notifications as well as their own curated feeds.