The interface is nice, but for the full stories, my Touch needs to fire up the Safari browser. And so far I haven’t found a way to get back to Diggerific easily. Has anyone else? Maybe I’m missing something.
On the positive, Digg is well organized and lets you e-mail stories to friends. A useful app, but it could be better.
Another news-related app: NowLocal
NowLocal, another news-related app, brings you local headlines, including some you might not see within the far more advanced Associated Press app. It, too, allows e-mail. But as with Diggerific, you must fire up Safari for full stories. Furthermore, NowLocal’s updates for Alexandria, Virginia, are more than 12 hours hour old as I write this. Shall we call it ThenLocal? I also wish there a way to have more than one city as a preset. That said, keep in mind this freebie is a baby program and will surely get better.
SourceForge Network News (SFNet/News)
SourceForge Network News bring you headlines from Slashdot, Freshmeat.net, Thinkgeek.com, Linux.com and SourceForge.net and likewise requires Safari for the full story. I don’t see an e-mail capability. Hey, guys. Isn’t Slashdot supposed to be a big social site? Your software should reflect this. Here’s hoping for a better integrated version that doesn’t force me to do the browser act.
Related: Forget the iPhone—The iPod Touch is Good Enough, in LifeHacker, via Digg. Well, it depends. If you use a cellphone constantly and don’t want to tote around more than one device, the iPhone might be the way to go. But why pay for a phone or an always-with-you wireless if you don’t need them? That’s why I’m not messing with an iPhone, beyond the cost of the subscription plan. The Touch by itself is a nice little hand-hand for e-books—with a sharp 3.5-inch screen that can display hundreds of words at a time for those with good enough vision. Otherwise you’re a Kindle or Sony Reader prospect, if you don’t mind E Ink’s less-than-optimal contrast between text and background.