Your smartphone or other device is only as useful as your knowledge of the resources that are open to you. You can never know enough about these online esources.
I just learned from a foreign source just how valuable a nearby digital ebook resource is in Philadelphia.
This is the Philadelphia Free Library. Membership is actually available free to anyone in Pennsylvania and offers much more than a local library could possibly offer. Foreign users and those in other states pay a fee for it.
For those learning or studying German, the major resources of the Goethe-Institut are available.
The Gutenberg website offers a huge library of ebooks for downloading, such as to your iPad.
The Internet Archive is a major free source of media of all kinds.
Promotional access to the News Journal in Wilmington Delaware costs $29 a year and includes most of USA Today.
For Amazon device users The Washington Post is available at a cut rate. Amazon owns the Washington Post.
Free news services include MSN news (Microsoft) and Google News.
Online TV news is available at no cost from CBSN news and Reuters