Last Updated: January 20th, 2013

Sometimes using your eyes is just so darn tedious. It can be preferable at times like that to just get information directly through your ear-holes. Radio? Sure. Audiobooks? Alright. News? Surprisingly, yes. Umano is an app that lets you find news stories on the internet and hear them read to you by real people – not some robotic monstrosity that can't even pronounce names correctly.

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The selection in Umano is fairly broad, but not that deep. There's finance, politics, science, and  there's even some tech.  You just won't be able to hear stories from your favorite blog unless it's a very popular site. There is also no search functionality. You just choose your interests and the app queues up what it's got. The quality of the readers varies, but they're mostly guys with deep "radio voices." You can skip stories with the buttons, or scrub through a post with the progress bar. There are also nice Jelly Bean notification controls.

Umano can be used without an account, or you can create one for free to save your preferences. There is also Facebook support if you're into that whole frictionless sharing thing. It's an interesting app to check out over the weekend, and it's totally free.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • mechapathy

    That's what it is! Someone called into the Tech Guy show and mentioned this, but I totally forgot. Thanks!

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

    Sounds good; I mean this story. I'll check it out.

  • Peterson Silva

    It would be interesting if people could choose a link for a story or blog post, read it and then send it to their database with tags. It would be fun to contribute :)

  • Kellymporta

    Umano = Humano means Human in Spanish

    • Nico

      Umano = Human in Italian

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I've always thought this would be an awesome thing to do, I just never thought anybody would put it together and figure out a way to talk a bunch of people into doing the hard part. This is kinda awesome.