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

 

Flipboard updates iOS app, revamps Cover Stories to surface cool content

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2014

Flipboard, the wildly successful magazine-format news aggregator, has updated its iPhone and iPad application with a pair of tweaks while announcing a redesign of Cover Stories aimed at making your story highlights resemble newspaper front pages. In addition to some bug fixes and performance improvements, Flipboard 2.2.3 now makes it possible to add bookmarks to your Safari Reading List.

Another minor change: you can now copy an article’s URL in your device’s browser, then open Flipboard for the option to add it to your magazines. You’ll be more interested in the redesign of Cover Stories which Flipboard hopes will surface more relevant content from your subscriptions… Read More

 

Gist 2.0: full Pocket integration, new summary view, Dynamic Text support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2014

Up until recently, it used to be that news junkies like yours trulls diligently put every conceivable news app on their Home screens in order to make sure they kept tabs on the latest news as it happened. As an unintended consequence (or was it?), this has led to information overload which in turn gave birth to apps like Yahoo’s excellent News Digest (free in the App Store) and Gist by Michael Mamiye.

Both of these intelligently summarize news articles so you can consume key takeaways in the shortest amount of time.

Gist for iPhone, $1.99 in the App Store, is especially interesting due to its gorgeous and sharp user interface and a clever algorithm that can summarize most articles into approximately five bullet points – that’s why the iDownloadBlog team put it on the list of 10 Best News Apps of 2013.

Following up on its mid-December debut, the developer this morning issued a major 2.0 update bringing out a host of goodies, such as a more robust implementation of the summarization technology, rich Pocket support and lots more… Read More

 

The 10 best news apps of 2013

By Lory Gil on Dec 27, 2013

How did the world get its news before the Internet was around? When I was a kid, you didn’t know about what was happening across the globe until 5:00. Now, news is reported within minutes of events. With the proliferation of mobile devices, people can even read breaking news from anywhere, anytime.

The writers at iDownloadBlog have come up with a list of what they think are the 10 best news apps of 2013. Check out our favorites and then vote for the one you like best to be added to our Best Apps of 2013 list… Read More

 

Gist intelligently summarizes your news articles

By Jim Gresham on Dec 16, 2013

Many people turn to their iOS devices as a way to catch up on news and consume reading materials, keeping updated with daily happenings. Other than Twitter, there are few options to instantly give a short synopsis of a story or news blurb.

Personally, I use Flipboard, but even it utilizes the entire article. If you are pressed for time or only want the key points of an otherwise much larger article, a new app called Gist is aiming to provide only the quick details of news articles… Read More

 

Google revamps mobile News site with new design, improved navigation and more

By Cody Lee on Dec 6, 2013

Google today announced that it’s making a number of new changes to its mobile Google News site. Well, the changes have already been made, and News readers on Android and iOS devices should start seeing them over the next few days.

Among the changes are an improved overall look-and-feel, making it easier to read and track separate stories, and the ability to customize the web application by changing the theme from light to dark, adjusting the font size, and more… Read More

 

Wibbitz: stay updated on the latest news with beautiful video summaries

By Lory Gil on Oct 1, 2013

Lately, there have been quite a few apps launched in the App Store that do more than just show you typical news stories that you read. With today’s technologies, there is no reason to actually read anything.

Wibbitz reads you the news, but also presents you with a visual companion to make listening to the news more interesting. It is like a mini movie for your favorite articles… Read More

 

Umano app reads you the news so you don’t have to

By Lory Gil on Sep 30, 2013

Apps that read you the news are all the rage right now. Well, at least a few of them are raging hard in the App Store. Just a few days ago, we reviewed Uttr, which reads you the headlines of your favorite RSS feeds.

Umano is another news related app that reads to you. This one features real-life narrators. Sorry Siri, there’s a new voice in town… Read More

 

HalfPeeled releases Ruby app for easy Reddit viewing

By Jim Gresham on Jul 18, 2013

For the Reddit fans out there looking for a slick way to interact with your feeds and threads, a new app will solve your woes. Until now, there were limited options in the App Store for easy Reddit enjoyment. Today Ruby hits the market, granting easy access to your favorite threads in a crisp package. Having been a beta tester for the app over previous weeks, I really like the UI and functionality.

This is not HalfPeeled‘s first time around the app development block. When it comes to apps, their innovation is starting to show. Published by Nate Chiger, a 2012 and 2013 WWDC Scholarship Recipient, Ruby is his newest offering and follows several other quality apps. Take a step inside for a quick run down of the nice features… Read More

 

Yahoo! News modernizes design

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2013

There’s no denying that the Internet giant Yahoo has been on quite a roll lately.

Over the course of just two months, the company has managed to roll out the awesome Weather app (that Apple seemingly copied quite slavishly in iOS 7), launch the Mail app on iPad, update its Search iOS app with Summly summaries and acquire the blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion.

Today, the company announced it is revamping its popular News portal on the web and mobile devices with a  new design aimed at creating a more consistent feel across all of Yahoo. The all-new Yahoo News look is also available when browsing the website on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices… Read More

 
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