The 5 best news apps for the iPhone

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The Brief
Maintaining meaningful business relationships depends on knowing what is going on in contacts’ lives. Have they jumped companies? Has their job title changed? Did they close another deal or make another donation or join another board? Problem is, as you continue to grow your network, staying up-to-date on everyone you need to stay up to date on becomes an exponentially unwieldy task. 

What you need is a personal assistant who can not only inform you when a colleague is celebrating a birthday or has been mentioned in a news story, but can keep you apprised on all the relevant happenings that encircle each connection in your web. What you need, in other words, is one of these apps. Because how many people you know doesn’t matter if you don’t know what matters to them. 

Try the new, free news and alerts app from RelSci, “MINE”. 

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1. Nuzzel

What is it?
A way to discover the stories friends and colleagues—but also business leaders and celebrities—are sharing on Facebook and Twitter, without tripping down the rabbit hole of your newsfeed. Nuzzel (@nuzzel) collates what they’re sharing into one feed. 

Who’s it for?

You, if you know lots of people who are active on Facebook or Twitter.

Why’s it worth it?
What colleagues are reading is often a strong predictor of what you’d be interested in, too. Even more important, it gives you a hint about what is currently on their minds.

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2. Humin

What is it?
It’s a new phonebook for your cell, that manages your contacts while integrating and updating information from their social profiles. Find them at @Humin

Who’s it for?
You, if you tend to forget a name as soon as you learn it. Humin lets you search your contact list by other means besides the alphabet, like location, education or company.

Why’s it worth it?
The app learns who you communicate with the most, essentially, keeping track of the strength of various relationships. What’s more, it prompts you to reconnect with those who you’ve fallen out of touch with based on where you are and past interactions.

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3. Introhive

What is it?
An SaaS-based platform and app (@Introhive) that brings relationship management information into an organization’s CRM by syncing activities and contacts from calendars, phones and other sources.

Who’s it for?

You, if you’re a member of a sales team.

Why’s it worth it?
You’re always working off of current account data and leads while eliminating the need for manual data entry and upkeep.

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4. DueDil

What is it?
A way to help businesses gauge the financial performance and other relevant data of their competitors, suppliers and customers. Find them at @duedil

Who’s it for?

You, if you’re based in the UK or Ireland.

Why’s it worth it?

It’s a one-stop shop for all relevant data on the businesses around you, complete with charts, contact information and industry and keyword search. 

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5. MINE by RelSci

What is it?
A free app from RelSci that delivers the most relevant and finely curated news on your phone and LinkedIn contacts (you didn’t think we’d skip our own app, did you?!?). It alerts you to:

  • Press mentions and press releases
  • Involvement in deal and stock transactions
  • Charitable donations
  • Professional changes like executive comp.
  • Company announcements (layoffs, hirings, acquisitions, etc.)

Who’s it for?
You, if  you are a professional looking to gain an edge or create an opportunity.

Why’s it worth it?
It automatically syncs your contacts within minutes so it’s easy and painless to create all the alerts you need. MINE is also the king of “disambiguation,” telling you only about the John Smith you know, not the thousands of John Smiths you don’t. 

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Download MINE by RelSci today! 
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