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The top 10 news websites

Readers recommend their favourites

 

The web is an unmatched resource for keeping up with the latest breaking developments. Here PC Advisor readers recommend their favourite news websites.

Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera

Recommended by: fourm member

Launched as a satellite TV channel presenting current affairs from an Arabic perspective, Al Jazeera has long had a successful website, including an English version.

The organisation has a tradition of presenting controversial and dissenting opinions; its coverage of the Iraq war, for instance, made it unpopular in the US. Al Jazeera has agendas of its own, of course, but works well as one part of a broad range of news reading matter. And it's often first to report on news affecting the Middle East.

fourm member recommended the site because it "covers foreign stories the UK media is ignoring".

english.aljazeera.net

Guardian.co.uk

Recommended by: Shay Guevara

We've included Mail Online (previous page), so here's a bit of balance from the left.

In fact, we'd argue that the merits of The Guardian's website transcend political orientation. It's a triumph of humane design, with plenty of hooks - images, picture bylines and boxed-off sub-sections - scattered across the home page to draw you into stories.

Guardian

With the resources of a national paper, The Guardian has its share of news scoops, but we're impressed by the innovations that the online team have dreamed up, such as minute-by-minute sports reports - now widely offered elsewhere, but first seen here - and multimedia.

guardian.co.uk

Yahoo News

Recommended by: ella33

ella33 reported that Yahoo News "often throws up something I hadn't seen anywhere else".

It's yet another aggregator, but instead of taking you to other sites, Yahoo presents stories by various news services on Yahoo-branded pages, giving it a more coherent feel.

uk.news.yahoo.com

News Now

Recommended by: dagbladet

"News Now constantly scans thousands of news feeds from across the globe," says dagbladet. "Insert a keyword and it will produce results within seconds."

News Now is an aggregator, but it only shows headlines, not opening paragraphs. Nice features include the ability to hide or highlight publications and a list of Hot Topics.

newsnow.co.uk

The Times

Recommended by: Clifford

Unusually among newspapers, The Times charges for access to its website; but it might not be unusual for long, if the strategy works out.

The Times iPad app

A stand-out perk of buying a digital subscription is the iPad edition that's included - a slick, elegant app that's a pleasure to use. Easy on the eye and advert-light, it looks far more like an actual paper than your average news website, with the added benefits of embedded video and over-the-air updates.

But can it compete with an internet full of free rivals? Watch this space.

timesplus.co.uk (also available from iTunes App Store)

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