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Best News App Finalists

The 2013 Readers' Choice Awards on About.com

Thanks to some innovative and interesting apps, it's easier than ever to keep up with news--both headlines and the special topics you're most interested in. Vote here for the best news app you used in 2012.

5-0 Radio Pro Police Scanner
Price: Free or $2.99
Want to get the lowdown on what's really happening in your town? Listening to the police band radio can be one of the best ways. With 5-0 Radio Pro Police Scanner, you can tune in to over 38,000 police information feeds from around the world. You can also listen to other kinds of radio, tap into air traffic control feeds, record live broadcasts.
Download at iTunes
Price: Free
The app from one of the Internet's leading meme factories, Buzzfeed. With it, you'll get access to all of Buzzfeed's top content--articles, videos, images, links, and more--in an easy-to-read iPhone format. Share content on Twitter and Facebook or by email.
Download at iTunes
Price: Free
Flipboard is one of the most visually appealing ways to access social media. It takes your social media feeds from Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and more and transforms them into a magazine-style layout that you can move through with a single finger. With embedded images and videos (no more clicking out to other apps!), it's a terrific reading experience.
Download at iTunes
Fluent News Reader
Price: Free
With Fluent, you can create your custom news feed that combines stories from dozens of top sources, like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, ESPN, and more. You can also browse through feeds based on subject, search for stories, and share content via social media and email. You can even read stories when you're not connected to the Internet.
Download at iTunes
Price: Free
Like Fluent, Taptu lets you create your own customized news feed. Browse through feeds in Taptu, import RSS feeds from your Google Reader account, and add your social media accounts, to round out the information picture. You can share news via social media or save articles for reading later using Instapaper and Read It Later.
Download at iTunes

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3. Voting runs from Feb. 19 through 11:59 pm ET March 19, 2013. (The voting in any or all award categories may be audited for voting irregularities, so winners are not final until the official announcement.)


Winners will be announced March 27. There's no prize -- just the bragging rights that come with getting recognized by the readers of one of the biggest networks on the web.

Check back with iPhone/iPod at About.com on March 27 to see if your favorite iPhone/iPod accessory or app was nominated and to vote on the finalists. You can also visit our central awards page to learn about finalists in other categories.

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