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News aggregator Skygrid helps you keep up with the world

by Tim McLain

It seems every new source has its own "reader" for tablets and smartphones these days. If you're a diehard reader of the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today or Wired, there's an app for that.

Enter Skygrid. Billing itself as a news aggregator, this popular (and much-used, on my part) iPad and iPhone app is now available to Android users. With a few finger presses, you can easily tap into featured trending news stories focusing on the very latest events, topics and people. Content comes from dozens of sources, including mainstream news outlets (newspapers, TV stations, etc.), top blogs and even social media sites.

The most compelling features of this easy-to-use news app revolve around its ability to filter incoming streams by topic area (think tech, mobile, politics, business, celebrity, football, etc.) and a standalone area where you can add your very own custom streams. If something is trending around the world, you'll find it in Skygrid.

Like what you see? Share it right to Facebook and Twitter with one finger press. The newest version sports beefed up retrieval speeds, one-tap searches and more.

It all adds up to a must-have, custom news app for all news and topical research hounds who take their Android device with them on the go.