One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.
This week’s selection is Watchup: Your Daily Newscast. This app is described as ‘the smartest way to watch video news’ and it does a nice job of living up to that strapline. It’s almost like a podcast app for video news, with a number of superb features for customizing and personalizing how you watch your news.
Here’s a slice of the app’s App Store description:
Designed for iPad and iPad Mini … Build your daily newscast in a snap from our growing selection of US and international news channels.
1. Scroll through the latest videos
2. Pick the best to build your newscast
3. Tap play and watch what’s up in the world.
Or, if you’re short on time, let Watchup generate your newscast automatically:
✓ Tap the “ON” button and watch the freshest video segments from the news channels you use the most.
✓ Or ask Watchup to deliver your Scheduled Newscast daily. Set the duration and time, and Watchup will remember to deliver the best videos from the sources you watch the most at the appointed hour every day.
The more you use Watchup, the smarter it gets!
Watchup makes your breaks smarter, because your newscast will play continuously while you enjoy your breakfast or relax.
The app offers content from a good range of blue-chip sources. The default selection includes CNN, AP, PBS NewsHour, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ABC, TechCrunch, and Al Jazeera. There are a good number of other quality sources to add as well. You can have up to 10 sources selected at once, but you can also remove, add, and shuffle your 10 as often as you like. I’ve added The Verge, Macworld, and TWiT to give my set a bit of tech flavor.
One of my favorite features in the app is the ability to tap individual items in any of your channels to create your own custom playlists.
The app’s interface is intuitive and easy to navigate. For instance, when viewing news videos you can simply swipe left and right to move forward and back between stories.
Watchup has AirPlay support so you can wirelessly stream your news to a TV screen or a Mac. You can share favorite news items via Twitter, Facebook, and email.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.