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It’s a New Year and after a holiday hiatus, it’s time for another instalment of This Week in Android. With CES starting tomorrow, there wasn’t an awful lot of groundbreaking news in the world of Android but, even as we look forward to next week’s influx of news from the show, things were still happening.
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Nowadays, the majority of us have moved away from the traditional newspaper and started using the internet to get updated on the latest happenings in politics, business, entertainment and other fields. Our current generation would rather read an electronic copy than the paper, but a phone’s screen is too small, therefore anyone who has a tablet prefers using that for their daily dose of news.

In this roundup, I’ll cover my favorite news apps which are optimized for Android tablets. These are distributed into five different topics: General News, Regional News, Tech, Lifestyle, and News Aggregators.

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I recently wrote a glowing review of Zinio, an app that allows you to buy, subscribe to, and read magazines. I think that the fine folks at Zinio did a really, really great job on the app, but I’m not quite sold on the notion of digital magazines.

While I’m fully behind e-books (my Kindle is awesome), don’t buy CDs any more, and pick up DVD/Blu-Ray discs sparingly, there is something different about owning an actual magazine.

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One great things about tablets is that they can simulate other handheld media: books, newspapers, and magazines for instance. And while every newspaper under the sun has an app for the leading tablets, and you can read books via the Kindle, Google Books, or iBooks app, I never really came across a magazine app that made reading magazines a tablet experience – that is, until Zinio.

Sure, you can view PDFs on your tablet, but they don’t harness the power of the interactive device you’re using. Zinio, on the other hand, harnesses it well.

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