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USA TODAY for iPhone
Developer: USA TODAY
Price: free Download on the App Store

usa today iphone news appUSA Today has come a long way since it was launched in 1982 with the aim  of becoming a national newspaper. Love it or hate it, "McPaper," as it was once called by some detractors, USA Today's app proves its still on top of the newspaper business.

There are a number of newspaper apps in the App Store, notably AP Mobile News and NYTimes. I keep all three on my iPhone because each has its unique advantages.

USA Today is organized in the same way as the real-world newspaper with its news, sports, money and life sections. It also has the familiar weather forecasts, captivating photos and info graphics, which visually present complex bits of information in a way that easy to understand.

Like the newspaper, USA Today is an easy read, thanks to its well-crafted interface. Unlike AP Mobile News and NYTimes, readers can participate in the USA Today's Snapshot polls and filter the results by city and state. You can also share stories by email, text messaging or Twitter. The other two newspaper apps, lack a Twitter option.

USA Today is also location aware, which enables you to set weather forecasts wherever you happen to be in the United States.

The USA Today iPhone app features all the content you would expect of a major newspaper although not on the same level of customization that you'll find in AP Mobile News and NYTimes. Both of those apps give you the option of selecting the news categories you read most often and putting an icon for them on the nav bar at the bottom of the screen.

All three apps load stories into the iPhone and iPod touch so you can read them later. USA Today and AP Mobile pulls down stories quickly and are a pleasure to use. The NYTimes app, on the other, tends to be slow, a problem the company has not been able to fix since the app was introduced.

If you're an information junkie, USA Today is a must-have app.

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  • CJ Stolee

    I agree that the old time newspaper industry is rapidly dying off, much like the Stagecoach building industry after the car was invented.

    One thing that can really help out the Newspaper Industry is custom iPhone apps. With the upcoming iPhone 3.0 upgrade, newspapers and magazines will be able to sell subscriptions, charge for premium content, and sell extra advertising all within the iPhone application. The Toy Lounge based in St. Paul Minnesota - - creates custom iPhone apps for newspapers and other publications.

    If the newspaper or magazine already has RSS feeds it makes the app much easier to develop. Unlike with eBooks, no special reader is needed for a custom newspaper iPhone application.