July 9, 2015 Last Updated 8:22 am

ChefsFeed unveils new redesign, icon with update; Amazon adds ‘About This Book’ feature

Morning Brief: Other media/publishing apps updated include the iOS app for BBC News, which adds support for the Apple Watch, as well as introduces a redesign

There were plenty of media apps making interesting updates today. One of those comes from ChefsFeed, a San Francisco start-up led up former Zinio CEO Rich Maggiotto. In February the company announced that it had secured $4 million in new funding led by ARTIS Ventures.

ChefsFeed-icons2Today the company updated its apps, introducing a new look, and radically redesigning its company logo, and hence its icon. Out goes the chef’s whites, and in comes the Rolling Stones-like look.

What’s New in Version 4.0.0

  • We rebuilt the app from the ground up…entirely.
  • Faster, bolder, louder, more beautiful.
  • A whole new look and feel, with much more of the best food picks.
  • We’ve doubled the number of cities across North America.
  • We added more chef recommended dishes, more restaurants, more stories, more videos!
  • We are debuting our new real time feed called The Scene for each city.

“We’re intent on being the antithesis of Yelp for restaurants and food discovery,” Maggiotto told TNM earlier this year. “We want to help chefs and their restaurants regain the ability to shape the narrative supporting their brand and food. We want to help them put the right butts in the right seats. We are moving the industry forward.”

I found ChefsFeed an interesting concept because I have been a B2B publisher and saw their approach ad talking B2B in a different direction – combining B2B with consumer. The B2B part involves ChefsFeed helping restauranteurs with marketing, the consumer part involves users of their apps finding good restaurant choices. I could see ways this approach could work in other industries.

“I started living and breathing this new change while I was at Zinio, so when I got on the board of ChefsFeed I realized they had this golden asset where they had convinced thousands of chefs in North America to begin contributing content for free to their platform – mostly starting off with dishes they recommend and admire outside their own kitchen,” Maggiotto said.

To see how ChefsFeed approaches things a bit differently, you can download the company’s press kit here (PDF).

Amazon updated its Kindle reading app for iOS today, bring the app up to version 4.10.

Amazon-abouthisbookThere is not much new with the update other than it bring in the About This Book feature.

The feature works with all existing books because it pulls in the description submitted by the publisher at publication time. It also estimates the time it takes to read and the number of total pages.

Thre update also introduces Study Features: “Learn more about the study features in your print replica textbooks, including Flashcards, X-Ray for Textbooks and Notebook.”

Amazon also sent an email to Kindle customers today which informs them of Kindle book samples. Here is the email:

Dear Kindle Customer,

We are pleased to let you know about some improvements that we made to Kindle book samples:

  • Samples that you download from the Kindle book store will now be saved in the cloud so that you can access and read them on any supported Amazon device or Kindle reading app.
  • You can delete your samples from the cloud on any supported devices or Kindle reading apps, or from Manage Your Content and Devices. (www.amazon.com/mycd).

Amazon devices and free Kindle reading apps that support these sample improvements are: Fire HDX, Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire HD (2nd Generation), Kindle Voyage, Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Generation), Kindle (7th Generation), Fire phone, Kindle for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch version 4.5 or greater, and Kindle for Android version 4.7 or greater.

To learn more about these improvements, visit our help page: https://www.amazon.com/help/kindle/samples

Thank you for choosing Kindle.

Amazon Kindle Support

Another app that has introduced a new design is from the BBC. BBC News is the main news app for the British broadcast service which recently launched a mobile app for BBC News Beat, its news service targeting young adults (see TNM report on the News Beat app here).

This update is for the app originally launched back in 2010 for the iPad and which added iPhone support for the app in June of 2010. This update not only features a redesign, but adds Apple Watch support:

What’s New in Version 3.1.0
Version 3.1 – The BBC News app has been completely redesigned with a fresh look and feel, to bring you more content, greater personalisation and better overall performance.

Top Stories brings you the latest, breaking news from our trusted global network of journalists.
NEW My News feature allowing you to personalise and Add topics to your personalised My News feed.
And choose from the familiar list of BBC News indexes such as Business, Technology, Entertainment and Health

With a fuller selection of stories from the newsroom, the app now also includes:

  • Most Read and Most Watched
  • Live BBC World Service Radio
  • Access to our full range of video and audio
  • Photo galleries and full-screen images
  • Apple Watch support

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