Cut­ting the crap and the ads. 30-DAY TRIAL; $15/MONTH | WWW.INKL.COM

APC Australia - - Goodle Play - Paul Tay­lor

The Inkl ser­vice has been around for a while. Es­sen­tially a plat­form for global news out­lets, Inkl cu­rates sto­ries from rep­utable sources into one place and fil­ters them into themes and top­ics. It’s part RSS feed, part caped cru­sader, as Inkl recog­nises the value in ac­tu­ally pay­ing for news rather than re­ly­ing on a race-to-the-bot­tom, ad­ver­tis­ing­sup­ported sys­tem.

You pick your top­ics and news sources from an im­pres­sive (but not yet com­pre­hen­sive) list, and watch as your feed be­comes pop­u­lated with the news. It en­cour­ages dis­cov­ery, pre­sent­ing al­ter­nate points of view from com­pet­ing ar­ti­cles and di­rects you to other top­ics, or sub­scrib­ing to a theme to find out more. You still have the power to cull the sources you don’t want to hear from, too. The first 30 days are free, with a caveat as more pre­mium out­lets like The Wall Street Jour­nal are locked away be­hind a pay­wall, and the cost to ac­cess them ini­tially seems steep. If you baulk at pay­ing 10c per ar­ti­cle, there is a sub­scrip­tion model for $15/month, or $25/month for as much as you like. For the money you get a clean in­ter­face, with the Inkl app act­ing as a skin and for­mats all news to look like it was pub­lished on the Inkl site. (You can visit the orig­i­nal site if you wish.) Cru­cially, it cuts the ad­ver­tis­ing, it kills the click­bait, and tabloid trash and that is glo­ri­ous.

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