June 5, 2015 Last Updated 10:22 am

Next Issue adds automatic download option to iPad app; Periscope adds broadcast map

Option to allow automatic digital magaizne issue downloads found under the app’s settings, with option not currently available on the iPhone version

One complaint readers of digital magazines often have is that their digital editions are available to them far later than the print issues are to print subscribers. How quickly the digital edition is available generally is determined by the production team at an individual magazine, and the priority placed on digital editions by the publisher.

NI-notice-iPadAirNext Issue today released an update to its iOS app that it hopes speeds things up a bit. The update to the app, called Next Issue – unlimited access to more than 140 magazines inside the Apple App Store, brings the app up to version 4.5.0.

The update supposedly brings in auto downloads and push notifications, though I noticed that one gets the message seen above even before updating the app. Also, the auto download function only works for the iPad. It is possible that the thinking here is that iPhone users have more music on their devices and would not want so much storage taken up by digital magazines being automatically downloaded (or they just haven’t gotten around to adding the feature yet).

In any case, here is the app description for the update:

What’s New in Version 4.5.0
Get New Issues Faster on your iPad

  • Get your favorite titles delivered to your device as soon as they’re published—even while you’re asleep.
  • Head to the Settings menu and turn on Push Notifications, then turn on Auto Download for your favorite titles.

The Google Play version of the Next Issue app was updated one day earlier and brings that app up to version That update mentions some bug fixes, as well as making the magazine thumbnails larger. Also, users can now flag issues they have already read.

Twitter’s live video app, Periscope, was updated to version 1.1 today, and it adds some nice new features. One of them is a map where you can see the location of live broadcasts. This would be useful in at least two ways: to see local broadcasts, and to see broadcasts were major news was occurring.

Periscope-Map-iPhoneAnother nice addition is that replays of broadcasts will be instantly available. There have already been a couple of times when a Periscope broadcast was tweeted and by the time I opened the app the broadcast was over. This can be avoided now.

What’s New in Version 1.1
[+] New ‘Map’ section added to Periscope which lets you explore live broadcasts from around the world on a zoomable map. Tap ‘Map’ from the ‘Global’ section to access a live view of top location-enabled broadcasts from around the world.
[+] Replays are now instantly available – no need to wait for a replay to upload after broadcasting (you may still delete a replay from the ‘Home’ feed).
[+] You can now share the link to a broadcast you’re watching on Twitter.
[+] Periscope is now localized in 29 languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Korean, Russian, Turkish, Portuguese, Dutch, Indonesian, Simplified Chinese, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Norwegian, Swedish, Thai, Arabic, Czech, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Malay, Romanian, Traditional Chinese, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

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