In the world of news curation, the line between the big names and the wannabes grows larger and larger. But every so often a new app appears that is surprisingly robust and useful, and that's the case for News Republic - Breaking News.
I'm always in search of a new tool to aid me in my quest to devour as much relevant news as possible. I've relied on Google News & Weather, but I have always found that service a bit lacking. Once you've opened and read news on Google News & Weather, you have to wait until the next update cycle—sometimes that's fairly soon, and sometimes it's not. That's where News Republic shines. The app updates quickly and learns almost as quickly as you decide what to read.
The feature list of this fantastic news curation tool looks like this:
- Personal news profile (keep track of your activities, discover your ranking, compare it with friends and followers)
- Quick setup and access
- Learns as you read
- Easily find the news that matters to you and those you follow
- Follow news experts built around your interests
- Explore related topics with the help of tags
- RSS feed support
- Trending news
- Choose from over 1 million topics
- Video news
- Profile sync support
- Save articles for offline reading
- Easily search news via topics
One of the most impressive elements of News Republic is the sheer number of news sources it offers. When you couple that with the ability to view specific topics, you've got a lot of news in the palm of your hand. Let's install and use News Republic.
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Installing News Republic
- Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
- Search for News Republic.
- Locate and tap the entry by News Republic.
- Tap Install.
- Tap Accept.
- Allow the installation to complete.
Once you've installed the app, you'll find the launcher in either your App Drawer or on your home screen. Tap that launcher to fire up News Republic.
You'll be surprised to see is that, unlike many news curation apps, you're not required to create an account to use News Republic.; however, if you want to get the most out of the app, you should create an account because it makes it easier to follow people and see the news that's important to them. With an account, you can also save articles for later reading, which is an important feature for many users.
To create an account, open the app and tap the My Profile button (far right on the bottom - Figure A). Select how you want to log in, and you're ready to start working with the app.
Logging into News Republic from the rock-solid OnePlus H3.
Setting it up
You need to go through the very long list of content providers. Tap My Profile and then tap the gear icon in the top right corner. In the Settings window, scroll down and tap Content Providers. (This is where News Republic can get a bit daunting because there are so many selections.) By default, all sources are selected, so you have to take the time to scroll through and de-select those you don't want (Figure B).
Customizing your news sources on News Republic.
After customizing your sources, it's time to start reading the news. When you go to the main page, you'll see stories from every source you selected, which might be a bit overwhelming. To avoid that, you can opt to read sources based on topics. In order to find a topic, tap the grid at the bottom (My Topics), and then you can tap the + button to add a new/remove topics to further hone your news (Figure C).
Getting a bit more granular with your news.
After selecting your topics, go back to the main page (tap the far left icon on the bottom) and swipe down to update your feed.
Try it today
I was skeptical about yet another news curation tool, but very shortly after using News Republic, I was sold. This is as solid a curation tool as I've seen. And given how it learns what you want to read as you go, News Republic will be hard to beat.
Give this curation tool a try, and see if it doesn't very quickly win you over.
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