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News Republic: THE definitive news app - offering the most comprehensive daily breaking news coverage from nearly 1,500 licensed & trusted news sources, personalized just for you.
Now includes Apple Watch compatibility with a unique tailored news experience designed for your wrist.
- Visual: Get all the latest news from your favorite topics in a clean, visual format.
- Smart: News Republic learns as you read and personalizes your news experience automatically.
- Complete: We bring you complete articles with full text, photos and videos from trusted sources. No more clicking-away to read articles.
- Yours: Choose from over 1 million topics for a custom home screen and news experience.
- In-depth: Explore related topics via Tag Nav™, our innovative news navigation system.
- Power-user features: Add custom RSS feed sources from your favorite websites.
Featuring nearly 1,500 fully-licensed partners.
Get complete news coverage on: National News, World News, Technology, Politics, Sports, Entertainment and over 1 million topics that you can personalize.
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What's New in Version 5.2
New in this update: Made for iOS9 , with new video section: more content and videos that matters to you!
Picture-in-picture videos: continue watching videos while doing other tasks at the same time (on iPad)
Seamless linking: access directly to the app via web links
iOS search: find the articles you read, directly from the main search.
13,000 daily videos from 68 major sources
New video section:
Discover the new video section in the menu or via My Topics page.
The "videos of your topics" provides you with only the stuff you're interested in.
Switch tabs and you'll also discover the most popular videos of the moment.
No need to do anything: your videos are now viewable from the within playlist mode to make it easier
Launch videos from the feeds:
When clicking on a video from a topic, you'll view it directly. No need to go to the article page as before.
Did you know the Airplay mode is supported in the player? Enjoy videos on all your screens!
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My favorite news app
Really like the latest update and particularly the lighter overall look and feel. This is still the only app I've seen that provides a personal summary of the day's events based on what I am interested in rather than what some news desk decides I should be interested in. I've tried others but their recommendations don't seem to fit with what I'm looking for, notably Smartnews, which I tried for a few weeks. Used to use Flipboard for general news and Zite for more targeted news but this app replaces them both. Also tried Circa and some of the mainstream apps like CNN and USA Today but these don't come close on quality and choice of content.
Love the interface and everything works quickly and smoothly. Use it several times a day - definitely my favorite!
I found the Topic Search command and have placed you back as a 5 start APP (you are). I still would like to see an article search depending on how long you keep your posts by the many companies who submit to your APP.
I previously stated "Try not to change too much - etc..." But I must say that a keyword search function for articles would be a great tool for your site to be of more use when I don't have time to scroll through all the articles to the one I am looking for.
One of The Best News Apps
The most recent update to version 5.0 has caused me to lower my star rating from 5 to 4.
The update to 5.0 adds the ability to view trending news, and that is nice. You can now comment on any article, and some may find that to be a bonus as well. However, despite the developers' claim, the navigation is actually worse now. If you're on the home screen you can get to anything fairly easily, but if you're anywhere else, you have to tap the back arrow repeatedly to get back to the home screen. The new navigation buttons immediately disappear as soon as you leave the home screen. (Frankly, there really is no need for these buttons. The app already allows me to customize my news the way I would like, and if I need to get to something else a discrete button at the top is all I need as opposed to another bar occupying real estate on the bottom of the screen.)
The navigation buttons on the bottom are, of course, replaced with an advertisement. How this can be considered an improvement is beyond me. Some of those ads are really annoying, like the Niemen Marcus one that repeatedly flashes "INSTALL".
They also removed the home button which previously allowed you to move back to the top level immediately. Inexplicably, the settings button and the "connections" button, however, are always available. The home button is one most people probably use continually every day, but the settings button is something one uses rarely. For most people, once you have the settings the way you wish, you forget about them. The connections button is the little logo at the top right that shows you how your topic is connected to other topics. Personally, I never use it. Perhaps others do, but I cannot see how that would be more important than a home button. I'm not sure what they were thinking…
The new "My News" appears to be just another variation of the digest screen which still remains. I'm not sure why we need two versions of this.
Finally, they added a floating share icon in the bottom right. It appears when you scroll the top sharing buttons out of sight, but again it's totally unnecessary as most articles have sharing buttons built into them already. In fact, rather than leaving the sharing button at the bottom out of the way, they have sharing buttons at the top and bottom. And they're not small. They occupy about a half inch of the screen, and there's a button for Facebook, Twitter, and email, and then another button that allows you to share with any of those. That last button does everything the previous three do and then some, so again it's a complete waste of screen real estate.
It's hard to know if you want to share an article that you haven't read, so a more logical place to have these buttons is at the bottom. But really all that is needed is one share button. There certainly is no need to have a fifth button floating on top in addition to the already floating advertisements. Additionally, since this fifth button pops up after scrolling, it catches your attention and is actually a distraction. If the developers would understand that what people want to do is read the news first and foremost, they would eliminate all of those buttons and simply replace them with one discrete button on the top menu bar.
All in all, this latest version adds virtually little of value, and actually makes the overall usability worse. This is unfortunate, since this has been the best news app available up till now. I think with this latest version, the "Smart News" app has surpassed News Republic. It too can be (largely) customized for the topics of one's choice, but its uncluttered simple interface is now superior to NR, and it has a broader range of news outlets.
The remainder of this review addresses the app in general, including previous versions.
This has been my favorite news app, and I use a lot of them. It has a very nice, smooth, interface that enables you to scroll quickly to reach the articles you want. It's clean without a lot of extra stuff cluttering the screen. In fact, text will take up the entire screen once you get into an article and continue scrolling downwards. (In the previous versions, the ads would disappear, but now they no longer do so.)
What makes this a truly fantastic app is that you can customize the content, the news sources, and also the order in which content appears on your homepage. No other app does all this. Very nice indeed!
Another great feature is that the homepage has all of the major sections with the lead stories right there. I don't have to hunt for the section I want to start with, and I don't have to depend on the app deciding for me what I want to see first. This is a great system.
There are a few improvements that I would like to see: First, offer a paid version that would get rid of the ads. The ads are not terribly annoying, but this would be a nice option for those who wish. Second, add a few more conservative news outlets since most of the current ones are on the liberal side. (Note: They just added Bloomberg!) Finally, I suggest reversing the positions of the home button and the previous page or section button. This would be a more logical arrangement.
Those changes would be nice, but they aren't critical.
There are also a few features that really don't add much in my opinion. The ability to offer one's mood about a story doesn't add much value. I have yet to figure out a good use for the screen that shows how all stories are connected with everything else. This is where they get their logo, and presumably makes them special, but it really is not all that great. Fortunately, one can ignore both these particular features.
The 4.0 version adds a personalized digest screen based on one's viewing preferences. That's nice.
Overall, and even without the 4.0 updates, News Republic has the best combination of quality content, customizability, and a very friendly user interface. It's the best news app available IMHO.
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- Category: News
- Updated: Sep 24, 2015
- Version: 5.2
- Size: 40.3 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Languages: English, Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovenian, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese
- Seller: News Republic
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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