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SmartNews offers an easy and efficient news reading experience (pictures)

A news app that's popular in Japan is finally available for people in US with a intuitive interface for browsing the headlines.

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SmartNews

A newsreader that's already popular in Japan has finally made it to the US and is a great alternative to other popular news apps.

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Flipping through tabs

You can touch a tab directly to browse the news, or swipe horizontally to flip between each category.

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Adding channels

The last tab is plus sign, with which you can add an individual website to get a channel that's all stories from that site.

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Settings

You also can add channels in the settings or use the Channel Settings screen to reorder your tabs. Connect with your social networks at the bottom to add a Social tab that shows news from organizations and people you follow.

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Rearrange your tabs

Use the Channel Settings screen to reorder your tabs by touching and dragging the handles on the right.

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Set delivery times

Set delivery times at three points in the day so that you know -- even if you lose connection -- you'll have stories to read from the time of the latest update.

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