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Description

Speak News reads stories from RSS/Atom news feeds, web pages, Wikipedia pages, or Google News queries to you using text-to-speech. Speak News app is built for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Use Siri to open Speak News and listen to news stories hands-free using the earphones remote control. Just say “Hey Siri, Open Speak News” and the app will start reading your current news stories.

Complete Features

• Use Siri to open the app and listen to stories.
• Use Siri Shortcuts to perform several common activities with voice commands.
• Bookmarks can be RSS/Atom news feeds, web pages, Wikipedia pages, Google News queries, or Speak News keyword queries. Speak News queries can be created and performed while offline, searching the stories cached on the device.
• iCloud bookmark syncing
• Import bookmarks from a Feedly OPML feed library URL.
• Multitasking allows updating news feeds in the background while reading or listening to news in the foreground.
• Automatically selects appropriate international speech voices based on story language.
• Toolbar functions in a feed view include Play/Pause, Stop, Previous, Next, Update All Feeds, View Mode, Share, Settings.
• Share news headlines and links, or entire news feeds through the standard iOS Share social media activities view, including Message, Mail, Notes, Reminders, Twitter, Google+, Flipboard, Facebook, Evernote, etc.
• Current story info and Play/Pause, Previous, Next functions are available in the media player controls in the device's lock screen and Control Center.
• Speak News automatically rotates through available voices for the current language for each story. This gives more variety and distinction in the sequence of spoken news stories. For instance, in English, this gives U.S. , U.K. Ireland, New Zealand, and Australian voices.
• All stories are saved on your device for later reading and listening while offline.
• Efficient text-only story display makes loading and reading faster, and saves money on your cell phone plan by downloading minimal data.
• Display Styles include White, Light Gray, Sepia, Dark Gray, Dark Red, and Black. The "dark mode" Black and Dark Red styles are ideal for reading in dark environments.
• All text is responsive to the user's preferred text size as set in Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size, and Settings > General > Accessibility > Larger Text.
• Toolbar functions in the Bookmarks view include New Bookmark, Go To Section, Find, Settings, Library, and Edit.
• Today Widget displays scrolling list of stories from current feed.
• Use the remote control on earphones to speak and pause stories, move to next or previous stories, or select a new RSS feed from your bookmarks.
• Create your own bookmarks and bookmark sections.
• Import bookmarks from Imaja’s Speak News RSS Feeds Library featuring a broad selection of essential and informative news feeds.
• Settings includes many controls for news story display, auto-reload, speech and auto-scrolling behavior, and user-interface sounds.
• Keyboard shortcuts are supported for Speak News functions for use with external Bluetooth keyboards.
• RSS feed details are viewable in the Edit Bookmark view.
• Word Usage action displays statistics on word frequencies in a story or a complete feed.
• Speak News supports a custom URL scheme for adding bookmarks.

Remote Control with Earphones

Tap the center button:
• One time to play or pause the speech.
• Two times to skip to the next story.
• Three times to skip to the previous story.
• Five times to enter Bookmark Selection Mode. In Bookmark Selection Mode, listen for the desired bookmark name and tap one time to open and start speaking the feed.

Settings

Use the Settings view to configure the text display, graphic style and behavior of Speak News.

Visit imaja.com/speaknews for more details and screenshots.

Follow @SpeakNewsApp on Twitter.

What’s New

Version 2.19.1

Speak News gets a bookmark collection management feature and bug fixes:
* Added a way to delete multiple bookmarks at once, much faster.
* To delete multiple bookmarks at once
- Tap the folder icon in the top right toolbar of the Bookmarks view.
- The Bookmark view will shift into selection mode, with selection indicator circles to the left of each bookmark, and three action buttons in the top right toolbar: Move to Section (the folder icon), Delete (the trash can icon), and Done.
- Tap the desired bookmarks to add them to the selection, and the circles will indicate the selected bookmarks with a blue checkmark.
- Once the desired bookmarks are selected, tap the folder button, the trash button, or Done.
- The selected bookmarks will be deleted from the bookmarks collection.
* Fixed a bug in the text-to-speech for currency amounts in certain situations.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Moki777 ,

Love this app but ...

With the latest update it stops audio playback in the background mode and continues through the articles. It’s frustrating. I love this app!!! PLEASE FIX!!!

Miner0382619 ,

Beta software

This is the most buggy app I have ever used. How could you ship this?

App Privacy

The developer, Imaja, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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