Today’s Friday Freebie brings you the news. Big whoop, right? News apps are everywhere and they’re mostly free. What’s different about this one? It reads the news to you on your iPhone. Hint: It’s not even Siri.
Talk To Me, iPhone
Think about the advantages of having your iPhone read the news to you. If you’re driving, you won’t be distracted while trying to read. The iPhone reads the news.
That means you can get a news dose while jogging, or walking, or doing something else, and not get tied down to staring blankly into your iPhone’s screen.
Umano is the free app that does the deed.
All you need to do is browse through interesting articles from a variety of news sources. Then, make a quick playlist of articles that catch your interest.
Articles can be downloaded to your iPhone so they can be played when you’re not using a Wi-Fi connection (saves on 3G or 4G bandwidth).
The news is read to you in real human voices. It’s not Siri or some Siri wannabe.
The audio player controls are right at the bottom so easily accessed while you’re busy doing something else.
Umano shares, too. Find out what others are listening to using Umano.
So, what’s the catch? How is it that Umano is free, yet comes with downloadable audio of selected articles.
There’s always a catch, right?
Well, think of Umano as news radio without the radio. The voices used are professional in every respect. It sounds much like radio except you control when and where and what you listen to. The business model is buried in there somewhere. I suspect you’ll be hearing ads soon.