Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week

Follow the Latest News Headlines Using Apple's Free News App on Your iPhone

April 14, 2020 Jason R. Rich Season 1 Episode 12
Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Follow the Latest News Headlines Using Apple's Free News App on Your iPhone
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Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week
Follow the Latest News Headlines Using Apple's Free News App on Your iPhone
Apr 14, 2020 Season 1 Episode 12
Jason R. Rich

To keep up-to-date on the latest news headlines, and to create a personalized news feed that includes only news stories and information you're interested in, consider using the free Apple News app that comes preinstalled on your iPhone. (It also works with the Apple iPad and all Macs.)

This episode of Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week explains how to use the Apple News app for free, discusses why you might want to pay for the optional Apple News+ service, and mentions a few other optional mobile apps used for following news on your smartphone.

To learn more about Apple News and the Apple News+ service, visit: www.apple.com/apple-news. For additional help customizing the Apple News app, visit: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202329.

As always, if you found the information in this podcast useful, please share details about it with your friends, write a review, and don't forget to subscribe! 

Show Notes Transcript

To keep up-to-date on the latest news headlines, and to create a personalized news feed that includes only news stories and information you're interested in, consider using the free Apple News app that comes preinstalled on your iPhone. (It also works with the Apple iPad and all Macs.)

This episode of Jason Rich's Featured App of the Week explains how to use the Apple News app for free, discusses why you might want to pay for the optional Apple News+ service, and mentions a few other optional mobile apps used for following news on your smartphone.

To learn more about Apple News and the Apple News+ service, visit: www.apple.com/apple-news. For additional help customizing the Apple News app, visit: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202329.

As always, if you found the information in this podcast useful, please share details about it with your friends, write a review, and don't forget to subscribe! 

Featured App of the Week – Episode #12

Welcome back to the Featured App of the Week podcast. I’m Jason Rich. This focus of this episode is on how to stay informed about the latest news – as it happens – right from your smartphone.

We’re living in a time when important news that impacts our lives is happening on an ongoing basis. However, keeping up with what’s important and figuring out what we should believe has become increasingly more difficult. News, opinions, and fake news are all intertwined – especially on the Internet and when using social media.

Determining which news outlets are reputable, trustworthy, and accurate has become as difficult as keeping up with the latest news headlines. 

Once you determine for yourself which news outlets you want to follow, there are a wide range of apps that allow your smartphone to create and display a continuously updated and customized news feed specifically for you.

A customized news feed includes only articles and news stories about topics you’re interested in, from news sources that you personally select and trust - all displayed in one place.

For one of these apps to work properly, you’ll need to invest a few minutes to customize it. Then, each time you launch the app, it will access the Internet to gather the news you’re interested in. You can then pick and choose which news stories and articles you want to read, based on their headlines.

The Apple iPhone comes with an app called News preinstalled. Apple has teamed up with thousands of media outlets, news organizations, publications, and websites to offer the News app and its content for free. 

When you launch the News app, tap on the Following icon that’s displayed at the bottom of the iPhone’s screen to customize it. There are three ways to customize the News app, by selecting specific Channels, Topics, and Stories.

A Channel is a specific news organization or publications, such as CNN, FOX News, The New York Times, NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, NPR, or BBC News. 

Within the Search field of the News app, one at a time, type the news organizations, publications, or websites that you trust the most or whose content you’re interested in seeing displayed within your newsfeed.

Moving forward, each time you launch the News app and tap on the Today icon, you’ll see a collection of headlines and articles from the news sources, publishers, and content providers you’ve previously selected.

Also using the Search field within the News app, one at a time, you can enter Topics. These are keywords related specifically to a topic or subject matter you’re interested in, such as sports, national news, or politics. 

A Topic can also be a hobby, such as digital photography or golf, or the name of a specific company or organization that you want to follow and that’s need in the news. For example, as a Topic, you could enter Apple to follow the latest news from Apple, or you could enter iPhone to read news articles related to the iPhone that are published by sources that work with the Apple News app.

Also within the Search field of the News app, you’re able to enter keywords that relate to specific articles or stories. When you enter a keyword, the News app will search all of its participating content providers and display all current or recently published articles and content that includes that keyword.

It’s important to understand that the features of the News app that I’m currently discussing are all offered for free. So each time you launch the News app and tap on the Today icon, the app will display your personalized news feed, as long as your iPhone has Internet access.

As you’re viewing your personal newsfeed, tap on any article headline to read that article on your iPhone’s screen, and/or watch or listen to related video or audio as appropriate. 

By tapping on the “AA” icon near the top-right corner of the screen, you’re able to increase or decrease the size of the text that’s displayed to make it easier to read on your smartphone’s screen.

If there’s an article or news story you want to save, share with others, or print, for example, simply tap on the Share icon that’s also displayed in the top-right corner of the screen, and then tap on the Share option of your choice.

For example, to save the article to read later and make it easy to find again, tap on the Save Story option. 

To share the article with someone else, tap on the AirDrop, Messages, or Mail option. If you have an AirPrint-compatible printer wirelessly linked with your iPhone, tap on the Printcommand to print the selected article.

As you’ll discover, the Share menu also offers a bunch of additional commands to help you quickly find additional content that’s related, or from the same news outlet or publication. 

Meanwhile, while you’re reading an article you find particularly interesting, tap on the thumbs up icon displayed at the bottom of the screen to help the News app learn more about your preferences. If there’s content you don’t find useful, tap on the thumbs down icon.

Also from within the News app, if you’re willing to pay a subscription fee of $9.99 per month, you can gain to full access to hundreds of magazines and newspapers through Apple’s News+ service. This paid subscription allows you to read a digital adaptation of full publications – from cover to cover, plus read past issues of publications.

By paying a single News+ subscription fee each month, what you receive is the equivalent to a paid subscription to hundreds of news and consumer-oriented publications that cover a wide range of topics, so it’s like having a complete newsstand in the palm of your hand, with instant access to every article and issue.

While the Apple News app is available on all iPhones and iPads, as well as the Mac, if you’re a Microsoft Windows PC or Android-based mobile device user, Google offers a similar service, called Google News, and Microsoft offers a service called Microsoft News.

Beyond what the Apple News app or the Google News app offers, just about every news organization, TV network, and publication has its own, proprietary mobile app that offers content specifically from that organization. This might include text-based articles, streaming audio, and/or streaming video from news stories, as well as related photos.

The proprietary apps from the various news organizations and publications are free. However, for a TV network or TV news organization, you may need to already be a paid cable or satellite TV subscriber to access all of the organization’s content. 

Likewise, if you want to access all of a print publication’s app-based content, you’ll need to pay a subscription fee via an in-app purchase. 

When you use an app that’s specific to a news organization or publication, such as the NPR app, its content is exclusive to what that organization, network, or publication offers.

To find other apps, like the News app, that collect news from a wide range of sources and that allow you to customize your newsfeed, launch the App Store app, and within the Search field, type “News.” 

To find an app for a specific publication, news outlet, or TV network, within the Search field of the App Store, enter the name of the organization, such as CNN, Fox News, or CBS News.

Whichever news apps you choose to rely on, these apps make it easier to keep up with what’s happening in the world around you - quickly and easily – and directly from your smartphone.

That’s it for this edition of Featured App of the Week. I’m Jason Rich. Thanks for listening.