Sometimes reading the news just doesn't jive with what you are doing. For those times, iPad owners can turn to Watchup, a video news aggregator that pulls content from the top news channels.
Watchup lets you create your own custom newscasts that you can watch when you have some free time at the breakfast table or during your evening commute. You can pick the length of the newscast and choose the duration that fits into your schedule. The app also lets you pick the channels that you want to add to your newscast and includes a handful of the best news sources in the business including CNN, WSJ, TED, TechCrunch and more. Watchup compiles the newscast for you at the same time each day, so your news will be ready and waiting for you when you need it.
When your newscast is ready to watch, all you have to do is press play and then sit back and enjoy the show. Watchup will stream the clips in succession, so you never have to touch your screen. Navigation controls lets you move forward and back through your newscast, which means you can skip the items you don't want to watch and review the ones you might have missed. The app also has social features that let you share the video clips via Facebook, Twitter or email. An AirPlay option lets you stream the newscast to your Apple TV.
Watchup has a beautiful UI and its performance has been flawless in the times that I have used it. You do need an Internet connection to play the clips in the newscast, which may be a hindrance to those who don't have a cellular capable iPad or a local WiFi connection.
Watchup is free in the iOS App Store. Give it a spin and let us know what you think about the app in the comments.
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system iOS (8)
- Screen size 9.7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Maximum battery life Up to 10 hours
- Dimensions 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 in
- Weight 0.96 lb
- Announced 2014-10-16