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These days’ getting to news isn’t a problem. Managing it all when it hits you is the tough part. But when it comes to news, we all know that more is also never enough. The web also indulges us with the glut of news websites and web apps on smartphones and mobile devices like iPads and ereaders.
So, it would seem like a step back to use Google Chrome news extensions to access and read news. But Chrome extensions or search enablers that help to serve news in the browser have one important purpose. They are shortcuts and save you the bother of looking up the news websites individually or searching through it. As these Google Chrome extensions show, some of them are quite cool too. News junkies like to keep a close watch on news and these news Chrome extensions lend a hand along with feeds and other forms of instant updates.
So, let’s trawl through the Chrome Web Store and locate a few news related browser extensions that keep us in touch with the world outside.
Huffington Post – News Glide (Beta)
The Huffington Post has its share of detractors, but if you aren’t one of them, you can try out the official Chrome extension (Huffington Post News Glide) from the well known news website and blog. The Chrome extension lets you flip through the latest on Huffington Post. The single click menu bar on top puts you into the different segments of the site. The HuffPo app is customizable with different themes, viewing options, and news filters. The app gives you quick access and quick sharing options.
NYTimes [No Longer Available]
A cool HTML5 application that mimics a clutter free reading environment; The NYTimes Chrome app is a must if you follow one of the world’s leading broadsheets. You can customize the look and feel and use shortcuts to browse through the different sections of the online version of the newspaper.
BBC News Alarm [No Longer Available]
This is not a full fledged news site, but if you keep your computer on overnight you can setup this small app to wake you with a podcast from BBC. The podcast from BBC World News Service and presents highlights from news around the world. Just make sure, you have your computer’s speakers turned on.
TiltView [No Longer Available]
TiltView brings news from some of the best known news sites around the world. It monitors news in real time and presents it in video. It’s like watching news on TV with the added option of forwarding to different news channels. The sources covered by TiltView are – 60 Minutes, Al Jazeera English, CBS News, Economist, France 24, PBS News, New York Times, Washington Post, and more.
National Public Radio is as much about hard news as it is about art and pop culture. It is a network of 900 independent stations (US based) who cover politics, life, art, and music. The Chrome extension brings the latest news from these networks in a clutter free, easy-to-read magazine style layout. You can scroll horizontally through the sliding tape layout and uncover more news and events. Features include playlists, hourly newscasts, a station finder, and sharing controls.
Reuters has several variants for US, UK, Canada, and India. Choose to install one and get access to the top headlines in a neat pop-out. This extension is simple, but gives you quick access to news breaking across the news agency.
Similar to the simple extension from Reuters, you can also check out the following Chrome extensions from other leading news organizations from around the world –
The Independent [No longer available]
The Wall Street Journal [No longer available]
The Guardian [No Longer Available]
Wired [No longer available]
We are living in interesting times. News is breaking all across the globe. Would you like to add these Chrome extensions to the quiver of news apps you might already have? Let us know if you use Chrome extensions to follow the news in your browser.
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