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In a perfect world, we?d have time to read every newspaper from cover to cover. In the actual world, we skim three important articles, skip to the real-estate section and spend the rest of the day feeling guilty about the stories we didn?t get to.

One way to get the news you want: Umano, a free iPhone and Android app that reads the top stories to you.

Great for commuters, gym rats and those otherwise unwilling to put eyes to paper, Umano culls the most interesting print and Web stories of the day and hires professional voice-over actors to read and record a handful of them (most clock in at under five minutes). Sources range from Slate to Business Insider to The New York Times, and stories run the gamut from hard news to cocktail-party fluff. We, for instance, listened to articles about both the future of education (Forbes) and how to get an annoying song out of your head (The Telegraph). Hint: It involves solving an anagram.

You can search for articles by interest (entertainment, tech, etc.) and even queue up an offline playlist to get you through that 5K or grocery-shopping trip.

Plus, since each story is read by an actual human, you avoid that robotic voice endemic to other news-reader apps.

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