Top News & Weather iPad Apps
Not all of us have the extra dough for an iPad 3G. If you have ever lamented not finishing a web article because of a lost connection, then Instapaper Pro is your savior. Simply bookmark a page as “Read Later” and Instapaper saves it for offline reading. Granted, the app doesn’t include all of the images that were originally in your article, but if you just want the meat of a story, it works well. Bonus: if you’re short on time, the app will automatically save its Editor’s Picks for reading later, too.
It’s a news app that multitasks. Focusing on news but also art and music, the app lets you tune into on-demand NPR radio stations while you read stories. Finding a station near you is as simple as permitting the app to use your location. You can also download articles for offline reading and zoom in to photos when you want more detail. Like something you read or heard? Share it via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.
Reuters News Pro
Who said keeping up on the news can’t be fun? Reuters News Pro delivers the latest headlines in a format that’s easy to read, with five headlines dominating the front page of the app and links to five of the latest news videos right underneath. Scrolling further down will give you the top three stories in various categories (Business, Politics, U.S. News, etc.). Our favorite part of the app is Pictures, which displays a grid of photos related to the hottest stories. Tap on one and you can scroll through the news like a slideshow, as well as read the full story or share it via e-mail or Twitter.
Want to lighten your travel load? Zinio offers a wide range of digital magazines in multiple genres with crisp photos and easy finger-flipping navigation. Popular titles include Business Week, Car & Driver, The Economist, Macworld, Maxim, OK!, and Rolling Stone. Select digital editions embed slideshows and videos, as well as interactive ads. Unfortunately, single issues cost the same as what you’ll find on newsstands, but digital subscriptions offer significant discounts (about 15 to 20 percent). While the browser-based interface and page rendering are sluggish, overall this is a handy app for avid magazine readers.
The Weather Channel Max
The next best thing to a weather widget on the iPad, The Weather Channel Max provides a 36-hour forecast at a glance without you having to enter your location. Just click the geo-target icon at the top of the screen. Scroll to the right and you’ll see the forecast for the next nine days with easy-to-understand icons. At any time you can check the radar map (complete with multitouch support) or watch a video forecast for your area. Weather Channel Max also includes severe weather updates, UV index information, and tweets from the likes of Al Roker.
25 iPad Apps You Need (By Category)