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Editor's review

Published 19 Aug 2015

Many years ago, one of the great things about going to your local bar or pub was to discuss and debate the issues of the day. Unfortunately, we seem to have lost that interaction of late. Not only are our 'watering holes' closing down at a faster rate than DVD stores, it takes some effort to hold a decent conversation over the sounds of one arm bandits and bad music. These days, the Internet has taken over when it comes to discussions about news and current affairs. Only trouble is...many newspapers are charging a subscription fee if you want to take more than a cursory look at a news story. Given that information, it would be great to find a good free news site that also caters for discussion and social interaction. Engage News fits that bill perfectly. Not only does it provide up-to-date news stories from the best sources but it also allows you to read and save interesting stories, post opinions and comments and interact with other readers.

Engage News is a social news application for iOS and Android where you can read the news and post comments and share real opinions on articles in an open, uncensored forum. You can use it to keep up with the latest news from all of the major media outlets including NPR News and The Drudge Report. The top stories are updated throughout the day over thirteen different categories and you can save the stories that you find most interesting so you can access them later. The difference between this and similar news apps however is the reader's ability to have forum chats with other users and even private one-on-one conversations, if you wish. The forums are uncensored and can be anonymous so you can say anything you like as long as its within the law. Engage also tells you how many other people are reading the same article at the same time as you are. There's even a map page where you can take an approximate look at where your fellow users are living - they might be around the corner.

For a social-minded news hound like myself, Engage's emphasis on interaction with other users is a breath of fresh air. I do love to have a bit of a chat with people who are passionate about a particular subject. I was amazed recently that a comment I made in a major newspaper's forum drew a vast amount of intelligent responses. Despite our being told constantly that people these days are more interested in what's happening in the Kardashian camp than whats going on in Kazakhstan, they appear to be wrong. Don't get me wrong, if it's the Kim and Kanye show you are looking for, you'll be able to find it here too. The app itself is easy to use, simple to read and overall a very user-friendly experience. Top stories are updated all through the day to keep you completely up-to-date with the news. If, like me, you enjoy reading quality news and discussing it with like- minded individuals, Engage News is a great place to start.

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