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Pocket app stared off as “Read It Later”, a Mozilla Firefox browser extension, with an intent of being on the desktop, however in it’s new avatar it now spans  Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone, OS X, Windows, Kobo eReaders and other Web Browsers. A paid subscription service called Pocket Premium was introduced in May 2014.

The application allows the user to save an article or web page for later reading, allowing them to access the content from any device with the same login. Touted as the world’s leading save-for-later service currently has more than 22 million registered users and is integrated into more than 1500 apps including Flipboard, Twitter and Zite. It is available for major devices and platforms including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire, Kobo, Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Windows.

The next time you find an article, video or link you want to read or watch later, just save it to Pocket, it creates categories based on the tags you’ve used to organize your saved items and it has a search function if you are worried how you will sift through the saved content. It’ll sync across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can come back to it whenever and wherever you’d like, even when you’re offline. It also allows you to share the link of the content from within the app.

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Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts is a podcast player that is full featured, beautiful and easy to use. You can choose from over 200,000 podcasts, see what’s trending, browse by network, and even add your own show!

With it’s auto download feature, you can pick any podcast you like, set it to auto-download while you sleep or are busy.
This allows you to save on your mobile data bills since you’d set it up to do that on Wi-Fi!

Additionally, all your subscriptions, playback and filters are backed up to the cloud and kept in sync between your Android and iOS devices.

Pocket Casts is one of the best podcast fetchers available and is well worth its price. There are many powerful, straight forward features that help you make Pocket Casts yours. Here are some of them:

  • Audio Effects: Always dreamed of playing more podcasts, but don’t have time? Use the silence removal feature to dynamically speed up podcasts.
  • Filters: Want a list of every unplayed, downloaded podcast? Right here. How about a list of video episodes that you haven’t downloaded yet? Easy. Sorting your shows by custom categories? Done.
  • Chromecast & Airplay compatable: Cast your episodes straight to your TV with a single tap.
  • Variable Speed: Play audio all the way from 0.5x to 3.0x, no dodgy plugins to download, no fuss, just pure unadulterated speed.
  • Video to Audio: Pocket Casts lets you toggle video podcasts to audio and back again for when you’re on the move.
  • Themes: Dark and light themes, to suit your location and mood.
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Indian Newspapers

No matter where we go, we are used to a cup of tea and a newspaper with news of our homeland when we get up. Correct? Well, that may not always be possible with physical newspapers.

But having all Indian newspapers available virtually just became simpler!

Indian Newspapers, a brilliant free app by Baris Efe available on the Play Store lets you view and access all possible Indian newspapers’ websites from anywhere in the world!

Some key features of this app include:

  • Virtually all Indian Newspapers and several magazines are covered
  • Opens with the standard internet browser on your phone
  • You can amend your preferred list at any time
  • Favorites section to manage your stream
  • Ability to show mobile or desktop version of the newspaper
  • Add or Delete newspaper/magazine by a long press on the list
  • Share the news
  • Automatic delete the cache in case you’re watching your phone’s internal memory

Happy Reading!

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Dailyhunt – Daily News for Indians

Despite thousands of news aggregating apps out there, the literate Indian still yearns for an app that is focussed on Indian news, politics, cricket matches, technology, entertainment & more.

Dailyhunt fulfils that need and thrives in a niche that most people overlook – news and infotainment of interest to Indians.

Downloaded over 90 million times, Daily Hunt is one of the foremost news apps and has been a favourite go-to app for millions of Indians over the past three years.

And yet thats not all it does!

It brings you breaking news from across the nation, serves up news in 15 local Indian languages (including Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bangla, Gujarati, Urdu, Oriya & Punjabi), and  even hosts free & paid eBooks & magazines!

We’ve been following Daily Hunt for a while now, and it’s grown into a beautiful app with a strikingly fluid interface that is focused on making the experience of reading easier; and thanks to some internal algorithms, you get fairly well personalised content.

The developer has been streamlining the internals to boost application performance, which gets you your stuff faster, and also with much lesser impact to your data usage (thanks to some great media optimisation techniques)!

Some key features of the app include:

  • News from National & Regional Newspapers, Websites, Blogs, RSS feeds
  • Local News from over 600 Indian districts & towns, plus cricket scores, world news, weather, horoscopes, stock updates and even classifieds
  • Browse by topics
  • “Favourite” anything you like to have it appear in your personalized stream
  • Browse, download and read the largest collection of regional language eBooks. Of course, you can find eBooks from national and international authors.
  • Read mobile optimized magazines and single articles from leading magazines
  • Pay for purchases using your postpaid phone’s account, in addition to your credit/debit cards
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Google Play Newsstand

With the Play Newsstand, Google merged two of their services – Google Currents & Google Play Magazines into one app.

With this app you can discover more of the news and magazines you care about, all in one app on your smartphone or tablet. You’ll find breaking news and in-depth articles featuring audio and video clips. The app covers a wide range of interests from sports, business, cooking, entertainment to fashion.

And you get both free and paid news with the option to subscribe to your favourite magazines in vibrant full HD, all in one place. With hundreds of premier publishers – it’s all there, easy to follow, read, and share.

Here are some key features of the Play Newsstand app:

  • Enjoy Read Now to find more of the articles you care about and discover new ones you will love.
  • Explore categories like Arts & Photography, Business & Finance, Food & Drink and subscribe to topics tagged to the articles that interest you the most.
  • Go Offline with any news edition, topic or magazine without missing a page.  Bookmark news stories you don’t have time to read for later.
  • Google Play Newsstand is the new home for all your Google Currents subscriptions and Google Play Magazines. Now with one app and one tap, it’s never been easier to stay informed on the news of the day.
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The Times Of India

Get the Times of India’s complete and up-to-date coverage of everything that is relevant and interesting – anytime, anywhere!

This official app, designed and developed for multiple ecosystems, brings you breaking news and unrivaled coverage of national and international happenings.

One of the better news apps, it comes with:

  • Push Notifications
  • Local news from more than 40 cities in India
  • Latest movie reviews by critics as well as readers
  • Superb photo galleries
  • Immersive videos from news, business, sports, entertainment and lifestyle categories.
  • The ability to save articles for offline reading
  • Share articles and photos you like via email, SMS, Facebook or Twitter

Additionally, the app can be personalised in many ways:

  • Use in portrait or landscape mode
  • Change change background colour
  • Increase or decrease displayed text size
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Flipboard

Flipboard is like having your own personal magazine on your phone. It curates articles and content basis your preferences and interests. Whats more, it learns your reading habits over time and hence the stuff you get to read actually improves over time.

It’s no wonder that its become one of the most popular ways to catch up on the news, read stories from around the world and even browse the articles, videos and photos friends are sharing.

To begin, pick a few interests and tap a few tiles to help it understand your preferences. That’s it! You can begin flipping through your very own personalised magazine.

You can even add blogs and publications by using the search bar or tapping the red ribbon to open the Content Guide.

Additionally, you can connect your social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Google+ to see what friends are posting and easily share articles with them.

Here are some Key Features of the app:

  • View all your news, interests and social updates in one personalized magazine format.
  • Save stories you love into your own magazine by using the “+” button on any item. Select ‘create a magazine’ and collect all your favorite stories, images or videos.
  • Search for anything—people, topics, hashtags, blogs, your favorite sites and flip through the results in a beautiful magazine format.
  • Read Cover Stories for a quick check on what’s happening currently. Cover Stories are created just for you and is filled with popular items from everything you’ve added to your Flipboard.
  • Flipboard is available in 18 localized editions – for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, U.S. and U.K.