WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
To use Swiipe: News That Knows You, tap the subjects you want to read about: Business, Music, Entertainment, Gaming, General, Sports, Technology. Next, choose the news sources you want the app to use to find your news. View one article headline and image at a time. Tap to read it immediately, or swipe left (or tap x) to dismiss, swipe right (or tap the save icon) to save it to read later. To read saved articles, tap on the save icon to go to your Read Later articles list. Other options include tapping share to share an article; swiping across the top of the screen to go to topic-specific news; tapping the rewind icon to return to a previously dismissed article; and tapping the settings icon to add or remove news sources, report a bug or suggestion, and enable the "shake to undo" feature.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Never miss a local story.
This is a fast-paced, easy-to-use way to sort through news of the day quickly. What makes Swiipe: News That Knows You particularly great in our news-saturated, fast-paced world is that users briefly view the headlines and photos of all stories on their feed before swiping left or right. That means users see a little about lot of news and only need to deep-dive into the stories they want, when they have time to read them. It would be a nice addition if stories could also be aggregated by keyword or other broad topics beyond the current seven offered. For now, it's a good, simple app that teens (and adults) can use to sort through the news, even with limited time and attention.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 13 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Educational value: 3 out of 5
Ease of play: 5 out of 5
Violence: 3 out of 5
Sex: 2 out of 5
Language: 1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 3 out of 5
Consumerism: 3 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date: September 6, 2017
Size: 46.30 MB
Publisher: Alex Goodison
Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
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