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Understand important news in a moment with:

• Reports written for you by real human editors
• Curated opinions from voices that matter
• Timelines that provide thorough background
• No infinite feed – just the news you need

News is really important, but following it can be stressful and overwhelming. Brief is a subscription news service that fits the most important news stories into the little free moments you have each day.

To do that, our team does a bunch of work to give you just the information you need to understand complex news stories. For example, every news report comes with a timeline so you can catch up with how the story developed. We also customize each report based on what you already know, so you only get the new stuff. That’s how we keep it brief without dumbing it down.

No one wants to get stuck in a bubble, so we pull together perspectives from voices that matter – politicians and experts across the spectrum – and let them speak for themselves.

If you want to take a break for a couple days, the most important stories will be waiting for you when you come back. You can pick up right where you left off.

We think you’ll love Brief, and we can’t wait for you to check it out!

What’s New

Version 2.1.1

Now with home screen widgets!
• Monitor election forecasts from FiveThirtyEight
• See the top stories from your Brief at a glance

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

Kasey Klimes ,

I feel oriented again

I’d gotten so used to consuming the news through a daily hailstorm of biased commentary that I no longer thought anything of it. By the time I’d figure out what had actually happened, I’d already consumed a half-dozen op-eds and plenty more tweets of blind outrage or unquestioning praise. Once I finally made it to a reliable and factual article, it assumed I already had all the backstory. The result was a weakened ability to assess current events for myself and utter disorientation for the state of the world.

Brief is a brilliant solution to this problem. Comprehensive yet simple. Unbiased and contextual. You’ll find timelines, important voices (from many perspectives), and well-sourced information in a beautiful interface made by people who care.

If you’re going to have one news app on your phone, make it this one.

ashy.aspen ,

Exceptional. Factual. Brief.

Brief is honestly one of the best news apps I’ve ever used. Their “perspectives” feature breaks the filter bubble, meanwhile their “how’d we get here” section gives important context to the ever evolving world we live in.

“Perspectives” takes opinions from multiple sources including other news outlets, and puts them all in one list. You can see how different people with different opinions are viewing and thinking about the news you’re reading, something that is typically quite hard to get from one source.

Every source has its bias, but this one really doesn’t. Instead it shows the opinions of everyone else in a balanced way so that you can understand every sides view. This is a valuable feature I’ve only found on “brief”

Joanna Nurmis ,

Just the news. Unfiltered.

Brief is doing something exceptional to fight back against the barren hellscape of opinion coated information silos we all have been relegated to by smart algorithms seeking to maximize clicks & ad revenue. Cable news companies and social media giants know that we click the most on what we already agree on or what we want to be outraged by. Brief is different. Brief provides unfiltered, raw facts on each important news story of the day, letting you situate it in the context of what happened before, and providing diverse voices from people both inside and outside the story without any vapid punditry. I am already becoming a better citizen by using this app, and it doesn’t consume most of my waking hours like the black hole of a Facebook or Twitter “feed”. This news is gourmet :)


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Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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