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One way to get real push news on the iPhone iOS devices
As far as I know, there is only one news app (AP Mobile) that pushes news to your phone. However, they only push really big stores to the phone, which means only two or three updates a week. In my mind, that defeats the purpose of push news.

The other option seemed to be to sign up for loads of email lists from wsj.com, cnn.com, etc. This gives lots of duplicates and since it's email, it cannot compete with the ease of a push (or text) notification on the lock screen. I deleted AP Mobile, unsubscribed from my mailing lists, and came up with this solution:
  1. Add @BreakingNews to the list of folks you're following on Twitter.
  2. On your twitter.com page, enable device updates for @BreakingNews (on your Following page), and add your iPhone number.
This give me non-duplicated breaking news pushed to my iPhone (via text message). Since the services messages are already formatted for Twitter, they are complete at 160 characters. I also like that they don't always link to articles with shortend URLS. Some might not like this, but really, when you have an iPhone and are curious, Google isn't that far away.

Of course, these are text messages, so you'll need a hefty SMS plan (I have 1500) in order to cover the activity. BNO is releasing their own native iPhone app soon ($.99 per month) , and hopefully that'll do exactly what this workaround does, but better. Until then, this works great.

[robg adds: BNO has now released their native BNO News iPhone app ($1.99, plus $.99 per month), which would also solve the problem (and is getting good reviews on the App Store), but the above method is free, assuming you have enough SMS messages in your data plan.]
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One way to get real push news on the iPhone
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Aug 05, '09 08:40:35AM

I submitted this comment literally hours before the BNO news app was submitted to the App Store.

I have since started using their App, and it is absolutely fantastic. I am no longer using this hint to get news, as their push service is faster than Twitter SMS anyway.

Update: App $2.99 with one month free, $0.99 per month thereafer.



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One way to get real push news on the iPhone
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Aug 05, '09 08:42:46AM

Seems I can't get anything right on this hint, as robg states above, the app is $1.99, not $2.99

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for news junkies. You will not be dissapointed.



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One way to get real push news on the iPhone
Authored by: degausser on Aug 05, '09 09:49:07AM

Prowl is a $2.99 app that has no monthly fee and pushes your growl notifications to your iPhone. Twitter, Mail, Spaces, Firefox, Transmission, Transmit, and Safari are just some of the applications that are supported.

Much better application I think some RSS news feeds are supported and can be pushed to your phone with Prowl. A much better solution in my opinion.

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=320876271&mt=8



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One way to get real push news on the iPhone
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Aug 05, '09 01:02:50PM

Prowl only works (is useful) if you have a mac desktop. Being that I only have a laptop, it wouldn't be a good solution for me at all.



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One way to get real push news on the iPhone
Authored by: Kimhill on Aug 05, '09 11:25:17AM

"However, [AP] only push really big stores to the phone, which means only two or three updates a week. In my mind, that defeats the purpose of push news."

I feel exactly the opposite. The only reason I use AP is that I know I won't be interrupted, except for important stories.



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One way to get real push news on the iPhone
Authored by: ebernet on Aug 05, '09 11:37:45AM

Yes, I like the few interruptions as well, but I would like to take exception to your statement. As the article states, and I agree, AP Mobile will only alert us to BIG stories, not as you say IMPORTANT stories. Hearing that MJs mom got custody of the kids may be a BIG story in AP's eyes, but it sure was not important. That was one of the stories this week...
If I could selectively choose what I would get alerts for, like world news and select game scores, that would be one thing, but instead I am subjected to what AP thinks are BIG stories, which are often crappy fluff, albeit timely crappy fluff....



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