5. The Skimm
TheSkimm is an email newsletter that acts as a daily news briefing. (Consider it your new morning go-to, along with that cup of coffee, for news about global events, politics, and more. I certainly do.) But in the world of online news startups, what makes this one fresh?

Wittily penned descriptions of each need-to-know event are shrunken down to bite-size blurbs that make it easier for you to stay up-to-date, without having to take the time to read up extensively.

Meanwhile, one of the top features of the app (which functions as a subscription service for $2.99/month), is its integrated iPhone calendar. This calendar feature pretty much ensures that you'll never be out of the loop again. Ever.

Download on the App Store here.