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Doctor Who WhoNews App Regenerates with new look

The latest version of the #1 Doctor Who news app includes a brand new user interface with website previews, dynamic backgrounds and new iPad newspaper-like layout. WhoNews collates the latest news on Doctor Who from over 140 of the top Doctor Who websites, blogs, podcasts and artists every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day. 

Doctor Who WhoNews (Universal App) – .99 Cents – Download Now

Magzter Signs Deal To Bring CBS Watch Magazine To App

Magzter, one of the world’s fastest growing digital distributors, announced today that Watch! magazine, the glossy celebrity/ lifestyle title published by the CBS Television Network, will be joining its digital newsstand starting June 1st. The magazine, which celebrates fashion, beauty and travel through the lens of CBS talents, already has a popular print edition with 200,000 readers. Watch!’s addition to Magzter’s digital newsstand gives it access to 19 million new subscribers around the world. Magzter has already contracted with publishers like Conde Nast and Hearst to digitally distribute their publications.

Magzter (Universal App) – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

NPR Now on iTunes Radio

As it continues to grow, iTunes Radio is continually adding content but until this week, news and information wasn’t there.  Now you can listen to all of the great news and content on NPR through iTunes radio.  The new addition is full streaming of NPR content to your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC.

According to Wikipedia,

NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States.

NPR has a wide range of programs that range from being music centric to news programs.  I’ve often referred to NPR as knowledge and information radio and now that it is on iTunes Radio, it makes it that much easier to get their great content.

To add NPR to your iTunes Radio stations, go to iTunes on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC and make your way to iTunes Radio.  You will see the NPR logo there where you can start playing or can add it to your stations.

The Daily updated with significant user requested features

For a while it seemed I was all alone in my liking of The Daily.  The original newspaper-style daily news app was launched over two years ago and it took a while but has been steadily growing in readership.  Now it seems that it is more popular than ever.

One thing that has remained true in the time The Daily has been around has been the constant improvements that have been made to the service and the app itself.  Most of those updates have been around performance improvements but a large percentage have also been improvements suggested to them by readers.  The update that was released today by The Daily team is no exception.

The single biggest feature added in the new version released in the App Store today is a back button.  It seems simple and frankly I think it is simply but it has never been there until now.  This feature was driven by customer requests so take heart:  Developers do listen!

Here is a run down of the other major features or improvement changes in the latest version of The Daily

  • New Feature! By popular demand: a back button! *
  • Added an alert for auto-solving the Crossword and Sudoku – no more accidental solves! *
  • Improved sharing to Facebook and Twitter
  • Easier in-app access to Support
  • Removed landscape view, improving performance
  • Various bug fixes

The one feature change that may catch some off guard is the removal of landscape viewing support.  I don’t know about you but I’m perfectly fine with this being gone as it seemed that if The Daily app was going to crash, it was going to be while I was viewing it in landscape.  In my testing this morning, performance is dramatically improved so I’ll chalk it up to The Daily now being portrait viewing only and be satisfied.

The Daily app is free to download in the iTunes App Store.  Subscriptions are purchased via an in-app purchase and are either .99 cents per week or $39.99 for a year.

The Daily – Free App – Download Here

FAA to Review Electronic Device Policy for Takeoffs and Landings

For those of us who travel a lot, this is welcome news.  Several sources today are reporting that the FAA is going to take a “fresh look” at their policy regarding electronic devices during takeoff and landing.  If you have traveled by air at all you know that the flight crew and videos clearly state that electronic devices – mobile phones, iPads, Kindles, etc. – are to be turned off completely during takeoff until your flight is over 10,000 feet and likewise, has to be turned off when you are below 10,000 feet for landing.  The reason stated is the concern about these devices interfering with aircraft instrumentation during these critical times of the flight.  There are several challenges with this however and it seems the FAA themselves are conflicting their own policy.

First, most people don’t actually turn their devices off.  They but them in “airplane mode” and turn off the cellular antenna.  This technically is not “off” but does prevent you from receiving calls, text messages and the use of your 3G data plan.  I’ve seen this countless times and there is really no way for the flight crew to prove you have actually turned the device off when you show them a blank screen.

Second, the shielding on aircraft wiring is unbelievable to protect it against everything else going on around the plane – like lightening.  I seriously doubt me reading an iBook on my iPad is going to cause an issue.

Finally, and perhaps the biggest issue for the FAA, is the fact that they allow iPads in the cockpit.  American Airlines and several other airlines have replaced pilot charts with iPads, saving both weight and assuring that these charts are always up-to-date (read my comments on this here).  If the FAA allows these devices in the cockpit, arguably where all of these electronic systems come to together, it because hard for them to enforce the guy in 26B turning off his iPad to read a book.

I’m not suggesting you break the law.  The rules are the rules are the rules.  But it is clear that the FAA is hearing travelers and are going to take a look at the policy.  This is nothing but good news.  I for one would love to be able to continue watching my podcast or working offline on an email on my iPad or Mac while we are taking off or landing.  Heck, I’d even go for a “once our wheels are off the ground you can turn it on” policy.

It will be interesting to see how the FAA handles this but I do not suspect we will see any changes any time soon.  This is, after all, a government agency and we all know they move with the speed of the wind… over an iceberg.

Review of AP Mobile for iPhone and iPad

AP Mobile, the iPhone and iPad app for Associated Press, has just received a major update.  In reality, it is a brand new app with a completely new user interface, features and embedded videos.  And the update was needed.  I personally found the old AP Mobile app for either iPhone or iPad to be almost completely unusable.  It was hard to navigate and equally as difficult as to figure out how to set up to get the news and information you wanted.  That is no longer the case.  The new AP Mobile almost gives you the impression that AP did a complete reboot of their mobile efforts.

I am impressed!

To start, the new AP Mobile is a universal app.  This is a huge time saver and with iCloud automatically installing apps you download from the App Store (if you have it configured to do so), when you install AP Mobile it will be on both your iPhone and iPad.  AP has also kept the price at the low, low price of free.  This is a big win for them.  To do the amount of rework of this app and still offer it at no cost really points to them wanting to get their app out there and get it used.

For this review I’m mainly concentrating on the iPad version as it is the version that has seen the most rework over the previous version.  However, as you read through the review, keep in mind that all of the functionality I’m sharing is there for iPhone as well.

The Daily Reports Microsoft Office for iPad Release Coming Soon [Updated]

The Daily this morning is reporting what many of us have been hoping would be coming:  Microsoft Office for iPad!

The report, which includes a screenshot, states that Microsoft has submitted the app to Apple for approval.  This is generally the last step before an app becomes available in the App Store.  The article goes on to state

A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system.

There is no word yet on when the Office for iPad app will be available as the approval process can take several weeks.  Likewise there is no indication on price either but I would suspect something between $9.99-$14.99 is a safe bet.

Read the full article over at The Daily.  And if you haven’t subscribed to The Daily yet, this article is a good reason why you should consider it.

[Update] – This story has taken a few twists and turns today.

Microsoft came out this afternoon stating that Office for iPad was not coming out any time soon and that The Daily was inaccurate in its reporting.  This was countered by The Daily stating that not only was the article accurate but that they had actually seen a demo of the application.

As to who is telling the truth, not sure.

DailySync Pro – a new iPhone news app available in App Store

Omvistech is pleased to announce the availability of a new iPhone news app, DailySync Pro, in the App Store. This app sports an innovative interface to enable seamless access to a large number of news sources, with a beautiful visual interface. This app supports easy customization, and users can access sources across many categories including Technology, Politics, Entertainment, Food, Fashion, Sports, Travel, etc.

This app is useful for different types of users. A casual user looking to pass time while waiting for a ride, waiting in a checkout line, waiting for a flight, and so on, can use the app, for example, to look up the latest news in Entertainment, Music, Sports, etc.

It is also useful for a power user who regularly follows a number of sources such as technology blogs, political blogs, etc., for daily updates. This app allows the power users to efficiently read content from a large number of sources; several built-in features are particularly useful for power users. This app also includes Facebook and Twitter clients, and a calendar client.

Main features include:

* Discover interesting and useful sources (websites, blogs, etc) covering your favorite topics
* Arrange sources and blogs into multiple lists for convenient navigation
* Mark items as “read” as you view them, so that you can focus on latest content
* Share items of interest via Facebook, Twitter and Email
* Access your Facebook and Twitter feeds
* A simple, easy-to-use interface for navigating the content
* Easy management of lists of favorite websites and blogs

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 3.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:

DailySync Pro 1.1 for iOS is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the News category.

Get DailySync Pro by Omvistech Inc. in the App Store

The Daily Gets Big Improvements in Latest Update

This morning The Daily released an update to their app that brings some much needed improvements and feature enhancements.  The new 1.2.2 version addresses some bug issues around performance, most notably the one that caused load times to take what seemed like a day at times.  The biggest improvement though is the support of multitasking.

Since the release of The Daily, if you minimized the app and went back to it, you were taking to the start of that days edition.  It was a real pain, especially if you were well down into that days news.  Thankfully they have fixed this in this release so if you navigate away from The Daily on your iPad then go back, it will bring you right back to where you were before you left.

The Daily is a free app in the App Store but does require a weekly (.99 per week) or a yearly subscription ($39.99 per year) to get daily content.  The Daily also supports the new Newsstand function in iOS 5.

Get The Daily in the iTunes App Store