Thanks to the internet, we have thousands of sources for news easily accessible from our iPhone or iPad. Who can make sense of it all? Instead of tracking down dozens of apps to get you the news you want, have the news come to you in single app you can customize with what you want to read.
Personalize Your Own Magazine
In a way, we’ve had the option as Mac, iPhone, and iPad users to customize our own news sources for years. Remember RSS? It remains a viable alternative except for one problem.
With RSS readers we’re still required to dig around for subscription feeds and manage sites in an unwieldily, complicated app.
Enter Zite, the free personalized magazine for your iPhone or iPad.
Personalized? Isn’t that like RSS subscriptions and readers? Yes. And no. Zite is already a magazine of news sources, but it’s smarter than an RSS reader.
Zite gives you sections of information. From each section you can quickly choose the news displayed and navigate from one article to another with a fingertip. Check out iPhone navigation.
The built-in auto suggest tools makes quick work of selecting only the information you want from thousands of options.
Zite’s iPad version works similarly but gives you more onscreen options to select sections.
Zite makes it as easy to navigate news and magazine and blog articles as Flipboard.
The app is also smart. As you read articles in Zite, you may thumb up or thumb down, and Zite responds with more or fewer similar articles.
You can also sync Zite with your Twitter and Google Reader accounts (paying homage to yesterday’s RSS technology) for more options and better information integration.
As nice as Zite is already, it’s missing a few key features. There’s no Readability support. What you read today may be gone tomorrow.
Sharing options are numerous, but there’s no option to adjust the font size of an article other than the iOS double-tap to enlarge the screen.
Navigating Zite isn’t quite as simple as Flipboard, but it does a better job of bringing information to match your requirements.