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Thirst for iOS review: A new standard in news aggregators

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The Good Thirst scours the Web to bring you a news digest that learns what you like and displays stories in an easy-to-read format. Social connections mean you can share or discuss stories with others.

The Bad There is no way to seek out other users that share your interests except by running across them in a discussion thread.

The Bottom Line Thirst is one of the best iOS apps I've seen yet for catching up on hot news topics by category, with a smart search algorithm that uses the power of the Web to bring stories to you.

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8.7 Overall
  • Setup 10
  • Features 9
  • Interface 9
  • Performance 9

Thirst for iOS had already been out for a few months, giving us a new way to view Twitter by organizing tweets into categories so you could read them in a sort of digest. But the latest version takes this news aggregator to a whole new level, scouring the entire Web for content, then displaying it in categories that are easy to browse.

What makes Thirst a compelling alternative to other newsreaders like Flipboard is that it doesn't just give you the latest story to hit a particular RSS feed. Instead, it uses a complex algorithm to perform a search of the entire Web, and returns stories that it finds based on a category or search term. With Thirst you're getting a fresh search of all the sites rather than the headlines released by a handful of news content sites.

When you first launch the app, you can sign in using your Facebook or Twitter credentials for easy access. From there, Thirst drops you right into its Explore section, with several different news categories you can choose from. Thirst remembers the news categories you frequent, so you'll later be able to read a personalized mashup of your most read categories in the Newspaper, which lays out the stories from content you like to read most.

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