There are a lot of ways to stay abreast of what’s happening in our world, and of course news apps are right up there among the best of them. Here are five news-related apps that come highly recommended, either because they’re locally-relevant, or because they’re just so polished and customisable to your interests and needs.

News24

Android, BlackBerry 10, iOS

News24

All of News24’s news, features and weather predictions piped right to your phone. Best of all, it has full support for the commenting system, so you can participate in the vibrant community discussions that make News24 such a popular news service from wherever you are, on whichever device you happen to be using.

Eyewitness News

Android, iOS

Eyewitness News

Get everything from news alerts when stuff goes down to EWN’s cutting-edge reporting on all things South African on your phone. Enjoy news articles, audio and video clips on everything from entertainment to politics to sport, all on your phone or tablet for easy viewing.

Moneyweb Talk

Android, iOS

Moneyweb Talk

Interested in what people who know about money have to say about the stuff? Grab Moneyweb Talk, a fantastic little mobile app that lets you listen to Moneyweb’s various podcasts and radio shows via streaming audio. There are also written stories taken from the Moneyweb website in case you prefer to read about it.

Flipboard

Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10

Flipboard

Flipboard is a brilliant way to choose the news that you’re interested in, by category, and have it retrieved by the app from the internet’s news sources and presented to you in a personalised digital magazine format. It’s a great way to read all about the things you’re interested in, without distracting fluff.

Zinio

Android, iOS, BlackBerry 10

Zinio

Zinio isn’t a news app, strictly-speaking. Instead, it’s an app for buying and reading the same magazines you find on store shelves. There is a huge library of titles to choose from, including big-name mags from a wide range of categories (Huis Genoot, Maxim, PC Format, Men’s Health etc.)¬†and once you’ve subscribed to your magazine of choice, it simply downloads in the background for easy offline reading whenever you’re ready.

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