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Breaking News +

By NBC News Digital, LLC

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Get a jump on the news with Breaking News, the fastest source of reliable reporting in the world. Trusted by the largest newsrooms and governments, Breaking News surfaces stories in seconds -- even breaking stories near you, wherever you go.

Now you can join our global community and help people around you by sharing a tip when you see a breaking story.

Here's what you can do with the Breaking News app:

• Discover when news breaks 14 minutes ahead of other news apps on average
• See verified reporting from social media and hundreds of news sources
• Get just the alerts you want by following what's important to you
• NEW: Quickly tip people around you when you see news nearby
• NEW: See news and tips near you and avoid potential danger or delays
• Receive a proximity alert when a major story breaks near your location
• Watch live video from the scene of breaking stories
• Get inside guidance from our 24/7 editorial team
• Alert your friends over Facebook, Twitter, text and email
• See news, get alerts and share tips on your Apple Watch
• Do everything with no registration required!

"Indispensable" - The Verge
"The best app I have" - U.S. Senator John McCain
"Gold standard for news aggregation" - Fast Company
"Best apps to catch breaking news" - Wall Street Journal

If you have any issues or suggestions, please email us at and we'll get back to you right away.

What's New in Version 3.11.1

• Reduced background usage
• Fixed issue with Nearby location when traveling
• Nearby tab now shows number of recent user tips
• External links now open in Safari view, added Reader mode setting


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Customer Reviews

Best News App Available

This is the best comprehensive news app out there and it’s easy to use. Breaking News is quicker with news and alert than most major news outlets. I enjoy their picture-in-picture video player that doesn’t take up the entire screen and lets me keep scrolling through the news. They also are able to find photos and videos of big stories and I like that you can subscribe to get alerts on a wide range of topics. I’ve also noticed that they’ve been expanding their international news coverage, which is great for non-US news junkies. They also do “editor’s notes” on news stories that are not yet confirmed, which is unique.

Awesome free news app

How do they deliver such timely news, story threads, and fast alerts (I use several news apps - Breaking News is usually first), and not charge anything for it? I know humans are at the helm, not a computer (the editors on duty are shown at the top of the screen), so how do they pay these people if they charge me nothing? I don't know how, but I'm glad that they do. Thanks folks, keep up the great work.

Great App but needs tweaking

Good app and use it daily every couple of hours. Needs to have a "Haha!" button in addition to "Whoa!" button. Some items need to see societies shock "Whoa!" and sometimes we show as a society our contempt, laughter, etc. and use "Haha!" Also to post we should not have to have the location services but be able to designate our location at the moment.

Breaking News +
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
Offers Apple Watch App for iPhone
  • Free
  • Category: News
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.11.1
  • Size: 24.1 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, French
  • Seller:
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Unrestricted Web Access
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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