There’s a big wide world out there. Fortunately, your iPhone can help you stay on top of things, courtesy of apps that keep you up to date on the latest news, help you connect to radio stations around the world, and let you take chunks of the World Wide Web with you wherever you go.
The App Store offers plenty of worthwhile news readers, radio apps, and other fonts of information. But in our opinion, six apps stood out. And they join the list of games, communication tools, and productivity boosters on our list of favorite iPhone apps from the past year.
Best news reader
Read our review of NetNewsWire; get more info on NetNewsWire at the App Store.
Best way to read Web articles at your leisure
Read our review of Instapaper Pro; get more info on Instapaper Pro at the App Store.
Best way to watch your net worth dwindle
Read our review of Bloomberg; get more info on Bloomberg at the App Store.
Best way to know the score
Read our review of SportsTap; get more info on SportsTap from the App Store.
Best radio app, terrestrial division
The wonder of WunderRadio ( ) is that it allows you to stream tens of thousands of terrestrial radio stations from across the globe to your iPhone or iPod touch. The $6 Weather Underground application works over EDGE, 3G, and Wi-Fi networks and can find local stations based on the location of your iPhone or iPod touch. In addition to radio broadcasts, it can play audio weather reports as well as feeds from emergency scanners.—CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Read our review of WunderRadio; get more info on WunderRadio at the App Store.
Best radio app, Internet division
Pandora Radio ( ) isn’t the only Internet radio app for the iPhone, but it offers more surprises, selecting music from a 500,000-song library based on your preferences. Pandora Media’s free app has a simple interface, effortless navigation, and a thumbs up/thumbs down button that helps determine how your station will evolve over time. Users can bookmark any song or artist, as well as purchase songs from the iTunes Store.—BB
Read our review of Pandora Radio; get more info on Pandora Radio at the App Store.