April 21, 2014 Last Updated 8:04 am

Facebook updates Paper and Messenger apps; Washington Post and Wall Street Journal issue feature and bug fix updates

The recently released iPhone app from Facebook, Paper – stories from Facebook, received a bit of a major update this weekend. Along with Paper, Facebook also updated its Messenger app, adding in the ability to add groups.

FacebookPaper-iPhone5-featureHere is the rather extensive list of changes in the update for Paper:

What’s New in Version 1.1
Thanks again for your feedback on Paper. We’ve been working to build features you’ve asked for, and we’re excited to share version 1.1. Here’s the scoop:

• Birthdays and events: Never miss a chance to celebrate! Just tap the notifications globe and scroll down to see important dates ahead.

• Photo comments: When words aren’t enough, now you can add photos to comments to show how you feel.

• Group updates: Don’t miss posts from your favorite groups. Swipe down to open the Main Menu. Tap the More Options icon to the right of the Search box. When you see your groups, check the new unread counts to catch up on the posts you’ve missed.

• New story buttons: To keep up with the latest stories in a section in fullscreen view, or to catch the newest stories in the next section, tap the new story arrows when they appear.

• More article covers: 9 new article covers join our collection, making easier to spot your favorite sources on Paper. Keep an eye out for Fox News, Bloomberg News, Mashable, FT, kottke, Popular Science, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair and Hacker News.

• Basic accessibility: All of your sections now support basic accessibility features, and we’re working to extend accessibility throughout the app.

As always, thanks for using Paper. We hope you enjoy this update and look forward to sharing even more improvements with you soon.

WaPo-iPad-update-414The Washington Post updated its The Washington Post for iPad app to fix some crash issues with the comics, and add increased accessibility. Like other developers, the WaPo is also starting to repeat its app description text as many users are now updating their apps automatically and are missing the update descriptions.

The update from late March made major changes to the Post’s iPad app, moving from HTML5 to a native iOS native framework. The move was probably made to speed up the app and limit bugs. Other developers are opting to go in the opposite direction as they try and create a more cross-platform type of app.

The Wall Street Journal also updated their iOS app this weekend. The WSJ’s app is universal and the update to bring the app up to version 5.5.8 was all about big fixes.

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