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  1. Pitamakan

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    I'm something of a news junkie, and I used to subscribe to a couple of services that sent SMS messages when breaking news stories occurred. But I've now switched my SMS activity over to Google Voice to avoid paying Verizon for texts, and I haven't found a breaking news service that's compatible with Google Voice. (GV doesn't accept most shortcodes.)

    Does anyone know of an app or widget that would send a notification to my Eris when a breaking news story takes place? That would be pretty cool, I think. Alternatively, does anyone know of a "breaking news" SMS service that's compatible with GV? (Google's own notifications include topic-based news, but not breaking news.)

    Thanks!
     

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    just open market app and search like "widget news" or something. should give you some options.
     
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    Yeah I saw a CNN news widget for free in the Market
     
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    A quick search found these 2.
    Alerts
    News Ticker

    I have actually used twitter for this in the past. You can subscribe to a couple of different news agencies tweets and get all the latest as soon as it comes out. Warning though, you will get A LOT from some agencies.
     
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    Many thanks, guys. I'm unable to find News Ticker in the Market, and the Alerts software isn't loading RSS feeds for me -- not sure why. Guess I'll keep looking ...
     
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    I subscribe to CNN's Twitter feed, as well as the Twitter feeds from a couple of automotive news sites. They satisfy my need to be in the know all the time, even when I don't need to know it.
     
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    yeah I was going to suggest Twitter as well. I follow MSNBC for news update. There is also an option with Twitter to have updates sent by sms to your mobile phone as well as receiving tweets.
     
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    Well, now I'm playing with an RSS app called FeedR, which is quite nice ... but isn't good for breaking news since it only updates hourly. Might have to try Twitter.
     
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    I use FeedR, but I am not looking for things as fast as you are. It is a great app though and will sync up with Google Reader really well.

    If you look up "News Widget" on Androlib there are a bunch from different news sources. Getting a few of those might work for you.
     
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    1cast is nice. It's video headlines. Probably not the most thorough or reputable news sources but they always have the bit stories of the day.
     
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    There is a fox news widget available its the best imo.
     
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    Keep in mind some may not appear right now because the Market's copyright apps still haven't been restored.
     
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    If I put this widget on my far right home screen, will it update while the phone is asleep? I have it set to update every 5 minutes. However, I'm hoping it sleeps when the phone does (i.e. like Weather Channel). My Weather Channel app only updates when I wake up the phone and change to the screen with that widget.

    I don't want to wake up the phone to find a dead battery!
     
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    :D

    Hopefully you've also got the Huffington Post widget on your far left screen, just to keep your Eris in balance. :)
     
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    Haha! I didn't even realize I typed it out that way! Ironic! :D
     
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    Whatever you do, don't put it on the far left. It may make your phone explode.
     
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    That's too funny, my fox news is on the first screen to the right.
     

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