October 21, 2014 Last Updated 7:29 am

Two weeks before the mid-terms, Pew Research study reveals conservatives trust Fox News, distrust of everything else

Morning Brief: NYT updates iOS apps to add support for Handoff; Facebook updates Paper to add support for larger iPhones 6 models with their higher resolutions

The mid-term elections are two weeks away and Pew Research has released survey results on media preferences in the U.S. based on political ideology. There are few surprises in the report: conservatives get their news, and trust it, from one source – Fox News; while liberals get their news from a wide array of outlets including CNN, NPR, MSNBC and The New York Times.


Across both political spectrums, only the Rush Limbaugh Show is more distrusted than Fox News.

Radio and TV programming still dominates the survey with political websites like Daily Kos and Mother Jones on left, and Breitbart and The Blaze on the right, hardly recognized by most respondents. Editors at The Guardian won’t be happy to know that a majority of those surveyed still have not heard of the UK newspaper that is working hard to break into the U.S. market.

NYT-iPad-10-2014The New York Times has updated its iOS apps – NYTimes for iPad and NYTimes** – to improve the article save mechanism. The apps have also added a “Save for Later” button, as well.

The NYT apps now are taking advantage for Handoff – the ability to start an article on one device (such as an iPhone) and pick it back up on another (such as a Mac).

** Both apps actually have longer names than these as the publisher understands that apps should have unique names and not merely duplicate the name of the publication (because once used, an app name can not be reused in the Apple ecosystem).

Many developers are updating their media apps to make them optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, with their higher resolution screens.

For the first time, Apple has an iPhone line with three different screen resolutions: 1136-by-640-pixel for the iPhone 5 series; 1334-by-750-pixel for the iPhone 6; and 1920-by-1080-pixel for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Unlike the move to retina screens, however, users will not see a dramatically different image when an app has not been optimized for the larger devices, and the devices will automatically make adjustments. Nonetheless, many developers are making sure they have apps that can deliver the best possible user experience at the higher resolutions.

CNN-iPhone5-landToday Facebook updated its Paper – stories from Facebook iPhone app to add in support for the new iPhone 6 models.

Most publications, though, have not yet decided to create separate designs for the iPhone 6 Plus. At most, some (like CNN) are creating new landscape designs that work particularly well on larger smartphones.

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