App Updates: Flipboard adds Spanish language support, CBS News adds closed captioning
Netflix informs users of price hike; La Presse fixes bugs involving hockey scores; while NBC Sports says its time to pull the Olympics content
A larger than normal number of app updates appeared this morning for iOS device owners. Many users now have their apps update automatically now, and as a result some fail to properly back-up their devices regularly, leading to tragedy later on.
Flipboard has added Spanish language support for Latin America and Spain, as well as fixing some bugs. Users continue to give the app good marks, though some do not like the idea of having to create an account for the app, such is the distrust today of device owners about their personal information.
CBS has updated both its iPhone and iPad apps for its news division. Both CBS News for iPad and the iPhone app, simply called CBS News, has added closed captioning. The update also fixes some bugs and finally gets a tune-up to make sure it is iOS 7 compatible.
Netflix issued a bug fix update today, but also sent out emails to customers informing them that the price for movie streaming would increase from $7.99 to $8.99 for new customers, but that existing customers would not see the price rise for two years.
Another email received this morning, from PBS, talked about new streaming content, but also contained an add for the NOOK Glowlight from Barnes & Noble. Actually two emails were received, the first one said “Welcome to PBS streaming,” though I’ve had access to PBS streaming ever since a new app for PBS was added to the Apple TV a few months ago.
But the question that I immediately asked myself was “how did they get my email address?” I get PBS content streaming through both my Apple TV and the mobile app on my iPad, I don’t remember creating an account with PBS and so the only way they would gotten this information would have been through Apple or…. a company that knows I have an Apple TV. That could have been MLB.com or Netflix, or possibly Comcast if they were smart enough to match up access requests for apps such as HBO GO. Someone sold them my information, but who?
The Quebec newspaper La Presse, which has one of the best newspaper apps built for the iPad, updated its La Presse+ app today. The update fixes an issue with the displaying of hockey scores – the playoffs are ongoing and the Montréal Canadians are battling the Boston Bruins – as well as other bug fixes.
The La Presse app was released just over a year ago and the paper recently celebrated by issuing a press release giving some information on downloads and usage and announcing the launch of the Android app.
“We are proud to announce that more than 455,000 people have installed La Presse+ on their iPad, making it the most-downloaded free application in the “Newsstand” and “News” categories in the App Store in Canada”, said Guy Crevier, President and Publisher, La Presse. “And this number is about to surge, as our readers will have a broader choice of tablets on which to read La Presse+ free of charge, with the Android version of the app launched today.”
The newspaper also said that readers, on average, they spend 44 minutes with the iPad app on weekdays, 73 minutes on Saturdays, and 50 minutes on Sundays. “These remarkable successes are a good illustration of the enthusiasm of readers, advertisers and industry players for this innovative digital edition. They also show how La Presse+ has rapidly stood out as a medium of the future, one that is accessible and adapted to the current needs of news consumers,” Crevier said.
- NBC Sports Live Extra: removed Olympics content
- NYT Now: a bug fix update for the new, lower priced news app
- Money Magazine: who knows what Time Inc. has done to the app, the only thing mentioned is a support phone number, but the company announced that on May 23 they would be spun off of Time Warner
- Newsbeat – Personalized Radio: the Tribune Company’s experiment with having the news read to you, the update adds notifications (duh) as well as some bug fixes
- OverDrive Media Console – Library eBooks and Audiobooks: bug fixes for the digital library app
- Instapaper: a bug update that introduces highlighting, new navigation and cosmetic changes
- Dropbox: a new icon and bug fixes