It can be tough to keep up with the news all day while working. Maybe you use Twitter to keep track of the headlines, or your favorite news sites to get more in-depth. We happen to like the radio, but find the constant talk distracting. That’s why we’re intrigued by Urban Apps’ Hourly News ($3). Packing a handful of sources, it automatically downloads hourly news podcasts, and plays them when you’re ready.
News sources in the app include NPR, Fox, and BBC; you can toggle them on and off individually. Granular settings let you choose if the podcasts will autoplay, if the app will start playing audio as soon as it’s launched, and more. It seems to us a good way to get a brief news fix.