Thursday, May 7, 2009

News On The Run (Updated)

I don't have an iPhone, but if I did I'd download Newsflash, a free newsreader application, from the iPhone Application Store.

In the interest of full disclosure, my son is one of the four developers of Newsflash. I'm proud of the team, who did the work as part of a class project at Mizzou. Last November they were named as one of four finalists in a competition to develop an iPhone app. Earlier this week, Newsflash won the "People's Choice" award in the contest.

The app uses GPS to bring global, national, and local news to your phone. You can customize just about everything--the topic sections, article searches, screen layout, and even the color theme.

Newsflash has an embedded web browser that allows you to read the complete article on your phone without having to leave the application, which makes your news reading faster. I've seen Newsflash in action, and it's really nifty the way articles quickly pop up on the phone screen.

So if you're one of those people that have an awesome iPhone and you need to keep up with the latest breaking news, Newsflash is the app for you. You should try it.

Even people other than his mother have good things to say about Newsflash! PatrickJ at Just Another iPhone Blog says it "may just be the best iPhone news app I’ve seen yet – and I’ve seen, and liked, a lot of them."


  1. Thanks for the tip - we do have I-Phones and so do our friends that just so happen to love I-Phone Apps!

  2. It sounds like my Google thing I have on my desktop - except more useful! I would love an application like that - if I had an iPhone and if it actually worked [my Google thing seems to not work].

  3. I'm planning to get an iPhone at the end of may, first part of June. I'm tired of being the only one at a meeting without one when everyone starts passing theirs around and showing pictures.

  4. dk, I'd LOVE to have an iPhone; it would sync with my Outlook calendar and I could also use it as my portable photo album. However, I don't want to pay the extra monthly fee for Internet access, which is required to get the phone at a discount price.

  5. How cool! Downloading right now!!