8 Tech Tools to Help You Stay Informed When You Have Zero Free Time

Busy? We bet. But that's no excuse not to stay in-the-know. Get the news in a flash with these handy resources.
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With the current state of the world, it's now more important that ever to stay abreast of what's going on (or at least have a vague idea!). Luckily, there are plenty of credible and convenient ways to stay in-the-know, which are especially helpful for busy parents. Here are eight handy tools:

TheSkimm, founded by two former NBC News producers, has grown in popularity over the years, mostly due to its informative and witty tone. Sent as a daily email that recaps the latest news, theSkimm has mastered breaking down all those news items you're hearing about into perfectly digestible bites. The daily email is free to sign up, but there is also a subscription option called Skimm Ahead (for iPhone) that offers more functionality for $2.99/month.

When you're milling about the kitchen getting the kids' lunches ready, you can now use Alexa to get a debrief on the latest news. Simply enable the 'flash briefing' feature in the Alexa app and then a simple "Hey Alexa, what's the news?" command will give you the top news of the day. You can even customize additional headlines you want from sports, tech, entertainment, and more.

The built-in Apple news app on any iOS device is a handy way to keep on top of the news. You can scroll through "Top Stories" each day and also customize specific topics that you want to follow. You can also choose to receive breaking news alerts as notifications that get sent straight to your phone.

Yes, Facebook was actively discussed post-election for its role in perpetuating "fake news," but it has been taking claims of fraudulent news articles seriously and implementing new technologies and algorithms to eradicate as much as possible. Facebook is still a great way to get relevant news articles, especially if they're coming from trusted people in your network.

Similar in style to Apple News, Flipboard is another way to consolidate loads of information into an easily scrollable magazine. After you customize your topics, you can simply 'flip' through every page and topic to see a headline/brief and a simple tap takes you directly to the article. It's a great way to get up-to-speed on a lot of topics in a short amount of time, thanks to the very well-designed format.

If you're on Twitter a lot, you've probably already noticed how quickly news items break, sometimes before the broadcast networks themselves. The trending topics pick up breaking news items very quickly as momentum and awareness builds, making it a very easy way to quickly see what's happening. You can also go to the site's 'Moments' section to see other news of the day.

Pocket not only provides news items, but also allows you to save content for later, which is really helpful when you want to finish an article but have to race to soccer practice. This free service can be downloaded onto your mobile devices and web browser, and then with a simple click, you can tag an item and save it. The inventory of saved articles are waiting for whenever you're ready.

8. Your favorite newspaper

If you're a devotee of a certain news outlet like the New York Times or Washington Post, check iTunes or Google Play to see if it has an app. It's likely it does. If you're a subscriber, you can get full access to the outlet via the app, so you can get your information from the reporters and sections you've come to rely on and trust.

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