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There’s a war over news delivery being waged on our iPhones. On one side, there are content providers — media outlets scrambling to bring you news as it breaks, pushing alerts and headlines as fast as possible. Then there are the deliverers, the pretty aggregators and succinct summarizers vying for your attention, each claiming to be the simplest and swiftest way to catch up on the news you might've missed.
Despite a high-profile purchase of Summly last year, Yahoo! has always been an underrated soldier in this fight. An excellent collector with its own network of top-notch columnists and contributors, the search giant has meticulously crafted its homepage into a one-stop domain for a wide variety of information. With a bit of flair, Yahoo News Digest dials down this mountain of news to find the top articles and deliver them to your iPhone as rich, twice-daily bulletins.
Much like its weather app, Yahoo! has crafted a delightfully simple interface that lets you read and navigate articles with ease. Each digest (delivered at 8am and 6pm ET) presents around 10 stories from a variety of subjects. Quickly scrolling through headlines provides a concise, color-coded sampling of the top news, but we're surprised to see that there isn't a better use of Summly's expert summarizing in the main list. Tiny icons let you know which elements will accompany the story, whether it's a Wikipedia blurb, locator map, or infographic.
Full articles are expertly laid out with their accompanying pieces, including pull quotes, side-scrolling galleries, and a variety of source links. The reading experience is one of the best we've seen, built simultaneously for speed and succinctness. The selected stories are consistently relevant and interesting, though we’d love the ability to customize the feed a bit more to our specific tastes, particularly within the expanded "Extra News" section.
The bottom line. Yahoo News Digest boils a giant melting pot of stories into scrumptious bites that will satisfy your appetite for information.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later
Excellent curation of articles. Nice interface and navigation. Good use of resources and elements to engage readers.
No customization for news topics. Doesn't take advantage of Summly's greatest strength.