Ekko Player for iOS is a neat app that will read news headlines and stories to you. In addition to reading the headlines and articles to you, the app also allows you to use you voice to navigate between stories, making it an excellent way to digest news while on-the-go.
Ekko aggregates news from a variety of sources, including CNN, ABC, BBC, Time, and more. To change the source, simply tap the icon in the lower right corner, then choose the ‘+/-” option, which will then allow you to view categories. Tapping on the headline of an article will prompt the app to begin reading the full story. The speed and accent of the voice used in the app are both adjustable to your liking, as well.
As far as voice commands go, the app allows you to say things such as “headlines” to have all of the titles read to you and “next” to move on to the next headline.
Ekko Player is free on the App Store and it’s an excellent way to consume news on-the-go. There are some bugs, though they are expected in the launch version of an app.
From the description of the app in the App Store:
ekko™ lets you use spoken commands to access news and web content on the go. It offers you the ability to take your eyes off the screen and listen to news and other web content spoken to you. This is voicecasting.
Once you’ve chosen the news you want, you won’t need the Internet to control and listen to voicecasts with spoken commands. You’ll enjoy listening to web content of your choice while doing activities without needing your eyes on a screen and your hands for control.
ekko offers more opportunities in more places for you to listen to the news you choose on the go.