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

 

Chicago Sun-Times fires photo staff, now training reporters in iPhoneography

By Cody Lee on Jun 1, 2013

You’ve probably noticed that we have been talking a lot about iPhoneography here on iDB lately. It’s a popular topic with a lot of folks. It seems like the better the iPhone’s camera gets, the more people are willing to ditch their standalone shooters.

And perhaps there’s no better example of that than what’s going on right now over at the Chicago Sun-Times. Just a day after it fired its entire photo staff, the newspaper has reportedly begun training its reporters in the basics of iPhone photography… Read More

 

App Store randomly prompts user to update available apps

By Jim Gresham on May 28, 2013

This afternoon I turned on my iPad to see a surprising alert from the iOS App Store. The alert prompted me with a message stating that “5 app updates are available,” with options to either ignore or update all. In the screenshot, it is confirmed I have 5 updates available in the App Store.

This is the first time I have seen such an update and after a quick browse around the net, cannot confirm this has happened to other users recently or in the past… Read More

 

Yahoo updates iOS app with Summly summaries

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 22, 2013

Yahoo last week refreshed its Mail iOS app and released a brand new and beautiful weather software for the iPhone and iPad. In the continuation of its re-newed mobile-first strategy, the search firm this morning updated its iOS client with a summarization technology it snapped up last month for $30 million from UK-based startup Summly, founded by the 17-year-old founder Nick D’Aloisio. Thanks to that acqui-hire, the new Yahoo! version 3.0 software taps Summly natural-language algorithms and machine learning for personalized story summaries… Read More

 

iDownloadBlog challenges you to join our March Madness pool

By Jim Gresham on Mar 18, 2013

Again we hit the hallowed time during the year when the world exalts American college basketball players as if they were gods. Millions of dollars in lost productivity across the US puts a further damper on the economy as we all turn from work to watch basketball.

At iDownloadBlog we relish the opportunity to participate in this worldwide assault on productivity – not that we will stop bringing you the best Apple news for a month. Join us beyond the fold to learn how to monitor the action from your favorite iOS devices and sign up for the iDownloadBlog tourny pool… Read More

 

Winston for iPhone wants to be the Siri for news

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2013

I know your news reader choices on iOS are rich. There’s Flipboard, Instapaper, Readability, News360, News.me and a whole lot of other lesser known apps. Winston, a new software by a Colorado-based startup, is unlike your regular news client. Instead of overwhelming you with an endless stream of updates, Winston presents you with a personable British butler which compiles a daily brief from your selected news sources and social network feeds.

It detects what’s important and then reads the summaries out aloud, so you can catch up on the latest while doing something else. It’s a novel approach that saves time and as such is likely to strike a chord with busy mobile users. I’m already liking Winston a lot. More tidbits right past the fold… Read More

 
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