September 9, 2015 Last Updated 12:46 pm

Media app updates: Al Jazeera America adds Apple Watch support; Qantas Magazine gets first update since launch

Amazon app update adds support for downloading of Prime movies and TV shows for offline viewing; Kobo Books updates reading app

The Apple iPhone event is ongoing and the App Store down in anticipation of new products. That means all those tech reporters are in SF live blogging an event that is being live streamed by Apple. How bizarre, imagine if the tech press covered sports, they would live blog games that were broadcast live.

Apple-Watch-AJAMeanwhile, a few interesting media apps got updates today.

Al Jazeera America News has updated its iOS app and brought it to the Apple Watch. The update also adds support for standalone videos and photo galleries, and audio text-to-speech mode is now available as an option in settings.

Qantas Magazine, which was launched last month using the new Adobe DPS, has received its first update. And the update is a good one in that it will lead to improved performance:

What’s New in Version 1.1

  • Navigation: We have heard your feedback and have updated the hamburger menu to make it easier to find the latest issue, past issues and our city guides!
  • Faster download times: Articles now download on average 30% faster
  • Background downloads now work
  • Video and audio bug fixes
  • Browsing bug fixes
  • Various other small bug fixes

USA TODAY Sports has received a bug fix update, while BuzzFeed News has added … who knows what because their app descriptions are strange, indeed.

Amazon will likely add to the pressure Netflix is starting to feel to allow for media downloads. Its update for Amazon Video now allows Prime members to download movies and TV shows and watch them offline.

Finally, Kobo has updated its reading app for iOS called, you’ll never guess, Kobo Reading App. The update is to introduce a new look to the app.

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