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News Cruise!

News Cruise
by Gary Woods

Apple is really angling to have the iPhone become your computer of choice on the go. Yup, they'd like you to ditch that old laptop and just keep their phone by your side. To push you along this road they've opened up the platform to other developers so there are more opportunities for you to use on your phone.

Some of the most useful programs that have come out are the free news aggregators. These programs are constantly feeding you information about what's going on in the world. For instance Mobile News Network ( is the iPhone adaptation of the familiar AP (Associated Press) news feed. A tap of an icon gives you a selection of top headlines, sometimes along with a photo. The AP feeds include quick access to local, sports and entertainments and the local feature can tracks news for a number of locations.

Another service is NetNewsWire ( which lets you browse news feeds and live updated summaries of articles on Websites. A built-in Web browser lets you read full articles without having to switch back and forth between NetNewsWire and Safari. The iPhone version of the software also supports clippings which lets you mark stories for later reading on your Mac.

Finally there's Bloomberg 1.1 ( which presents finance-related headlines along with the date and time of each story's last update. Tapping on a headline takes you to the story and one of the buttons opens a stock finder and displays your stock portfolio including owned share numbers and purchase costs.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc