Yahoo adds native iPad UI to News Digest, weekly Katie Couric show and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2014

After launching its excellent news summarization app, News Digest, in the App Store back in January 2014, the Internet pioneer Yahoo on Friday refreshed the application with a native user interface on iPads and three new iPad-specific features.

First up, there’s a brand new weekly video show available by Katie Couric. You’ll recall that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer recently hired the former “The Today Show” host as a global news anchor for Yahoo News.

Couric’s show is premiering every Sunday to walk you through a significant story from the week before and give you “key context to get you in the know”. More on an extra news category and new alert timings right after the break. Read More

 

Microsoft releases SNIPP3T, a new app for tracking celebrity news

By Cody Lee on Aug 9, 2014

Microsoft has released a new app for the iPhone today called SNIPP3T. It describes the software as a ‘Celebrity News’ app, that aggregates all of the latest gossip on your favorite Hollywood stars from around the web into one convenient stream.

The app is actually really well designed, and as you can imagine, it’s heavily tied into Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Fans can read recent news articles on celebrities, subscribe to their news streams, and view curated Profile pages for more info… Read More

 

Reddme review: a new Reddit experience on the iPhone

By Lory Gil on Jul 30, 2014

Do you read Reddit? What am I saying? Of course you do. If you are on the Internet, you probably read it every day, multiple times per day. If you consider yourself ahead of the game, a taste-maker, or well-informed, you have probably posted an article or two. Fans of the site probably read Reddit on the go using the popular third-party client Alien Blue, which is a fantastic app. However, maybe it is time for something new.

Reddme is a third-party Reddit reader that makes it easy for you to read, write, edit, and comment on various articles, categories, and threads. We’ve got an app review of Reddme for our loyal readers here… Read More

 

Watchup provides video news based on your interests

By Lory Gil on Jun 27, 2014

With news aggregates like Flipboard and Pulse, we have the blogging world at our fingertips. However, we don’t always want to read the news. Sometimes we want to veg out watching bite-sized stories that interest us the most.

Watchup: Your Daily Newscast brings together popular video clips of news that is relevant to your personal taste. Instead of turning on CNN only to watch hours of boring segments in hopes of seeing something that interests you, this app lets you tailor your news-watching experience… Read More

 

The New York Times releases NYT Opinion app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 4, 2014

After launching its NYT Now app back in March with more affordable subscriptions, The New York Times newspaper this morning released another iPhone application in the App Store, as part of its doubling down on mobile and digital.

It’s called NYT Opinion and focuses solely on the paper’s opinion pieces, edited by former Reuters and Fortune editor Paul Smalera. The app is free to download in the App Store and comes with a $6 per month subscription… Read More

 

Yahoo News Digest has gone global

By Christian Zibreg on May 8, 2014

Yahoo’s News Digest iOS app isn’t just gorgeous, it’s a great time saver, too. For those unfamiliar with Digest, it uses Yahoo-owned Summly technology and algorithmic and human editorial curation to aggregate and summarize the day’s most important topics from a variety of trusted sources and premium media outlets.

With your news delivered twice a day, it’s a great way to start your day in the morning and wind down in the evening, without spending too much time catching up on the most important news.

The catch? The news it serves focuses on U.S. and UK markets. But not anymore: as of today, the new version of the app serves news globally, with both international and Canadian editions of the Digest now available… Read More

 

Steve Jobs tops CNBC’s list of most influential people in last 25 years

By Cody Lee on Apr 30, 2014

As part of its ongoing 25th anniversary celebration, CNBC put together a list of what it believes were the top 25 most influential people in the last 25 years. Dubbed ‘First 25: Rebels, Icons & Leaders, the list includes the likes of Jeff Bezos and Oprah Winfrey.

For many, it’ll come as no surprise that CNBC ranked Steve Jobs #1 in the list. The outlet said that the co-founder of Apple deserved the top spot because “his vision spurred changes far beyond his industry and put an indelible stamp on the wider culture.” Read More

 

NBC’s ‘Today’ offers peek inside Apple’s North Carolina data center

By Cody Lee on Apr 25, 2014

Continuing with its recent ‘green’ marketing push, Apple offered folks a rare look inside its Maiden, North Carolina data center last night. The company paired up with NBC chief environmental correspondent Anne Thompson to do a spot on Thursday’s edition of the ‘Today’ show regarding its various environmental initiatives.

The piece is fairly short—just under 3 minutes—but it’s interesting because it gives you a peek inside Apple’s data center operations, and details some of the equipment used to power the large buildings. Also, it features a brief appearance by the company’s newly-appointed Vice President of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson… Read More

 

Yahoo News Digest gains background downloads, improved notifications and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2014

Yahoo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the web this week and it’s been marking the occasion by refreshing its key products. Yesterday, the company pushed a new version of the Weather iOS app with new animations, pull-to-refresh for cover images and more.

Today, Yahoo’s news-reading product with summarization technology got refreshed, too. News Digest version 1.1.1 is now available in the App Store, bringing with it background downloads of new content, new notification messages and more… Read More

 

The New York Times launching NYT Now app next week with cheaper subscriptions

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2014

The New York Times newspaper is scheduled to launch new digital offerings on the iPhone come next Wednesday, April 2. I cancelled my digital subscription to both the Times and The Wall Street Journal a year ago due to their overpriced subscriptions and sluggish apps.

Realizing as much – and taking note of sleek looking apps such as Flipboard and Facebook’s Paper – the paper sent its digital team back to the drawing board with the goal of rethinking the company’s digital offerings and how its content should be reformatted for mobile devices.

The result of their work is a brand new iPhone application that offers staff-curated content wrapped inside a nicely done interface, called NYT Now… Read More

 

How to get iDownloadBlog headlines in Notification Center or Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 13, 2014

If you’re an avid iDB reader, and let’s face it—you should be—then I suggest you check out two recently released jailbreak tweaks that allow you to add our headlines to Control Center or Notification Center in iOS 7. Aptly entitled iDownloadBlog for Control Center and iDownloadBlog for Notification Center, these new jailbreak tweaks make it easy to stay up to date with all of the latest Apple news.

We’ve taken both tweaks for a spin on video, and while we weren’t blown away by the presentation, we did find them to be pretty handy additions for iDB fiends. Have a look inside as we step through the features. Read More

 

Flipboard buys news reader app Zite for $60 million

By Cody Lee on Mar 5, 2014

Flipboard has announced this morning that it has acquired popular news reader app Zite from CNN. The company didn’t disclose pricing details, but word has it that it went for $60 million and part of the deal is that Flipboard will begin syndicating CNN content inside its apps.

For those unfamiliar with the app, it’s billed as an ‘intelligent magazine’ that helps you discover interesting things to read. Almost like a Pandora for RSS feeds, Zite analyzes millions of articles each day to offer you content on over 40K topics based on your habits and preferences… Read More

 

Yahoo News Digest in its first major update adds Weather and Statistics atoms

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2014

Following its January introduction, Yahoo’s free News Digest app for the iPhone has quickly become part of my daily news routine. There’s just too many news-reading apps out there with lots of longform content and too little time to be able to consume it all on a daily basis. That’s where summarization comes into play. A hot new buzzword, summarization technology in News Digest basically uses improved algorithms from Nick D’Aloisio’s Summly app that Yahoo bought for the reported $30 million.

In its first major update, News Digest version 1.1 brings two new “atoms” (digests of news stories) that cover Yahoo’s popular daily habits, Weather and Statistics. There are a few other features and improvements, listed below the fold… Read More

 

Facebook announces new iPhone app, Paper, coming to App Store next Monday

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2014

The rumors were true: the social networking giant Facebook on Thursday officially announced its brand new social newsreader application for the iPhone. Called Paper (not to be confused with this), the app is scheduled to hit the App Store next Monday, February 3, 2014. The company has released a nice video walkthrough, embedded below the fold, which shows off really nicely done – gorgeously, dare I say – layout, fluidly animated interface and some familiar Flipboard-like gestures… Read More

 
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