October 16, 2012
When it comes to the news, apps such as Pulse, Pocket, Instapaper, and Readability have been the most convenient tools for iPhone owners. However, Circa feels they've created an even easier solution for keeping up with the regional and global events in your always on-the-go lifestyle. Circa News has the streamlined feel of the aforementioned parsing apps, but it's not just an automated trimming solution. Instead, Circa has a team of editors who read through the top news articles of the day and extract the key points. Each point is then separated and summarized, although, still containing images, maps, quotes, and so on. Links to the sources can be shown by tapping the information "i" icon at the top. As a further help, updates to reports are added to the existing articles, and you can be automatically notified of theses changes and additions. To receive notifications via push, simply "follow" the reports and stories you want to stay informed about. Speaking of staying up-to-date, you can share articles and points with friends through Twitter or Facebook. Overall, the idea and app seems very promising. Nevertheless, there have been complaints of instability, which we also experienced on some iDevices, early on. The issue may have been on their end as it appears to have been resolved. Either way, we're open to your thoughts, whether good or bad. Circa News is designed for iPhone 3GS, 32GB and 64GB third generation iPod touch and newer running iOS 5.0 or later, including the iPhone 5 and fifth generation iPod touch, and available in the App Store as a free download.