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By NBC News Digital, LLC

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Find out first with Breaking News. Discover breaking stories that are uniquely important to you -- even stories that break near your location.

Our editors monitor social media and bring you just the facts you need from trusted sources faster than any other news app. You can:

• New: Breaking News is now on Apple Watch
• Watch live video from the scene of breaking stories
• See news breaking near your location anywhere in the world
• Receive a proximity alert when a major story breaks near you
• Discover when news breaks in your favorite topics by adding them to your Watchlist
• Hide stories you don't want to see with a tap of your finger
• See the most surprising stories trending in real-time with "Whoa!"
• Get verified eyewitness photos and videos from breaking events
• Get reliable coverage and insight from the same editors who power @breakingnews
• Alert your friends over Facebook, Twitter, text and email
• Do everything with no registration required!

"Indispensable" - The Verge
"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 3.8.1

- Improvements in performance, memory, and web browsing
- Fixes and improvements for location updating


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Customer Reviews

Whoa! Geo-locate major news stories happening near you.

The "Breaking News" app is taking major, developing news stories to a whole new level. This is the only app that searches for major news stories developing near your current location. You can change the diameter of the major news geofence from 100 miles down to 1 mile. Also, the breaking news geofence will follow you wherever you go (if you want it to).

No longer do I have to search for Breaking News... Breaking News finds me whenever it is happening nearby. I love this app.

Get Rid of the Whoa Button

I like this app, and it works well on my newly acquired Apple Watch. You gave Brian Williams a second chance, so I will do the same for you. Get rid of the imbecilic WHOA button, on both the watch and the app, and I will keep using your app, while also having a much higher degree of respect for the people of NBC.

It’s the last word I read for every story on the Apple Watch App. Small child murdered. Whoa. Fireman dies helping others. Whoa. Plane crash kills hundreds. Whoa. Are you proud of this?

What happens when I hit the WHOA button? I am told how many OTHER idiots hit the WHOA button as well. I just did if for the first time and saw “17 WHOAS!”. That number, while comforting, as it shows there are not as many pinheads in your audience as you assume, should also tell you to get rid of this ASAP.

Honestly, the person responsible for this should be ashamed, and any NBC employee that reads this and doesn’t act immediately to have it removed does not belong in journalism.

Picture access

For the last year or so, possibly less, I have not been able to look at pictures in the Breaking News app whenever I turned on the VPN. For some reason now I can see the pictures that are attached to articles.

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: 3.8.1
  • Size: 17.5 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, French
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You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Unrestricted Web Access
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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