Those who like to have their news read to them need to check out the Umano app. The app, created by San Francisco-based developers SoThree, features news stories read by professional voice actors. The app is more or less news radio on steroids. It lets you browse top stories and pick the ones you want to listen to. Users can also create playlists, download stories to listen to offline and check out what they’re friends are listening to.
Bringing news radio into the 21st century is an awesome idea. The Umano app could be a model for struggling news radio stations and newspapers. Not many people take the time to turn on news radio or read the paper, but everyone seems to be on their smartphone at all hours of the day.