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7 iPhone news-gathering apps for when the Internet FAILs

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It can be a pain in the ass when the Internet goes out on you, but it doesn’t have to be a disaster—especially if you have an iPhone. Here are seven of my favorite apps for news-gathering that can help in an emergency, or just while you’re on the go (all paid for by me, so scamper off, FTC):

Tweetie 2

Tweetie 2 iconIf you’re looking for a fast-and-easy way to publish online, it’s hard to do better than Twitter. And if you’re looking for a slick, highly polished app, Tweetie 2 is the best. It has everything pretty much every other Twitter app has, but…imagine a suit that fits OK versus a suit that fits so well, you don’t even realize you’re wearing a suit. Tweetie 2 is the latter.

WordPress

WordPress iPhone iconThe latest iteration of WordPress lets you do pretty much everything the Web version does: Publish, manage comments, manage pages and manage multiple blogs. Posting is super-fast and you can even preview your posts.

BeejiveIM

BeejiveIM iPhone app iconHow awesome would it be to get instant messages delivered to your phone? Well, for $10, you can do it and you can even receive them via push notification (just like texts). Beejive is relatively high-priced, but if you’re a frequent chatter, it’ll justify its cost quickly.

AudioBoo

AudioBoo iPhone app iconThink Twitter, but with Audio. There isn’t much more to this app, which is part of the appeal—sometimes you’re in a situation that’s so crazy, all you really have time for are a few words, spoken into a mic.

YouTube (comes with iPhone)

YouTube iPhone app iconThe version that lets you upload video is only available for the 3GS and higher, but that makes sense, since only 3GS-and-older versions are the only ones that can shoot video (unless you’ve jailbroken your phone). While I haven’t used it extensively, the ability to shoot, edit and post video within a few minutes is alluring and it’s easy to imagine situations in which it could be useful.

Alternative for 3G-and-older users: 12seconds – Think Twitter, but with photos and video. On a 3G, you shoot three photos and record 12 seconds of audio, then the app stitches it all together (3GS and higher does 12 seconds of video/audio). The Wenatchee World made good use of it a while back.

Reeder

Reeder iPhone app iconI was starved for a good RSS app for a long time (sorry, Google, but you weren’t cutting it*) and Reeder’s recent update landed it on my front page. Syncing with your reader of choice can take a little while if you’re subscribed to a ton of feeds, but I haven’t noticed it to be any slower than regular browsing. The real power is in the sharing options: You can automatically post to Twitter, Instapaper and a host of other link sharing services.

Flickr

Flickr iPhone app iconOther apps may offer more options (Best Camera, for example, lets you add filters and post simultaneously to multiple photo-sharing sites), but Flickr gets the job done just as well for free and offers geotagging, which can be a huge advantage when you’re reporting news.

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