March 1, 2016 Last Updated 9:35 am

Super Tuesday has several papers scraping the bottom of the barrel for Trump stories; sports scores added to Google Play Newsstand

Morning Brief: App updates to fix bugs for several publishing platforms including Mag+ and Glose, as well as a major bug fix update for Condé Nast’s Epicurious iOS app

Today is Super Tuesday, the day US voters in 12 states go to the polls and scare the hell out of the rest of the world with their choices for the next President of the United States. Pass the popcorn.

To be precise, voters will be voting in primaries for both the Democratic and Republican nominations today in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and the territory of American Samoa, with Colorado and Minnesota holding caucuses. Additionally, Republican caucuses are being held in Alaska and Wyoming.

Donald Trump KKK newspaper

The Washington Post digs up 1927 clipping from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The Washington Post today ran a piece on the apparent arrest of Donald Trump’s father at a 1927 Klan riot in Queens. It’s the kind of piece that, were I publisher, would make me call in Marty Baron, editor of the Post, and ask “really?” That the Post, and many other papers, are vehemently against Trump winning the nomination of the Republican Party is well known, and possibly justified from a political point of view. That the paper would dig up an old story with lots of holes in it (was Trump’s father part of the Klan, or fighting it?), then splash it across its pages seems something that a veteran editor might cringe at and wonder if there really is a story there.

This may be the paper’s way of saying to Trump that they are not going to take his threat against the paper lightly. On Friday of last week Trump said that as President he would look at libel laws in the face of what he called “purposely negative and horrible and false articles” being written by the Post and the NYT.

DN-3-1-16-300“I have to tell you I have respect for Jeff Bezos, but he bought The Washington Post to have political influence, and I got to tell you we have a different country than we used to have,” Trump said in his usual awkward way. “He owns Amazon. He wants political influence so that Amazon will benefit from it.”

“One of the things I’m gonna do, and this is only gonna make it tougher for me, and I’ve never said this before, but one of the things I’m gonna do if I win… is I’m gonna open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re gonna open up those libel laws.”

If this was the Post’s response it was pretty ham-handed, though I’m not sure it is any worse that the Daily News’s front page campaign. Today, the NY tabloid again ran a Trump related from page, this one saying that the fact that Trump is leading in the latest CNN poll entering Super Tuesday is a “Sign of the Apocalypse.”

GooglePlayNewsstand-scores-800Google last night updated its Google Play Newsstand app. The app is not at all modeled on the old Apple Newsstand, but is similar to Texture and other newer digital newsstands, where the app features individual stories in order to lure readers in and access the app more frequently.

I suppose this a logical next in the development of these apps. After all, the smartphone itself developed from a device simply designed to make phone calls, to an all-in-one device for communicating. So why not create all-in-one news apps?

Nonetheless, one wonders if users really would decide to open up the Google Play Newsstand app to see scores – or would rather use an app specifically designed for the purpose such as ESPN’s own app. The reason is that while the updated Google Play Newsstand app will give you a score, the reader has little control over which score is presented, or how to get additional scores.

This morning the app presented me with the score of last night’s Blackhawks games, using my location to guess that it would interest me (good guess, but I am a Bay Area sports fan). But the actual stories presented to me were rather random and not at all targeting my location or interests.

The Google Play Newsstand app is a very well-designed and functional app, it just still wouldn’t be my go-to place for sports. On the other hand, it is the kind of app I can imagine using while commuting and wanting a quick view of news across categories.

Here is the app description for the update:

What’s New in Version 3.5
• Sports Scores: Get scores and articles about your favorite NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB teams (more sports and leagues to come). Search and subscribe to your favorite team to get started.
• Improved layout of Highlights.
• Support for displaying Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP).
• Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Several platform apps were update today, all for bug fixes:

  • Mag+ updated its previewer app, Mag+ Designd Reviewer.
  • Glose updated its eBook app for bug fixes and to speed up the app.
  • Flipboard updated its app to fix some bugs, bring the app up to Version 3.3.16.

Finally, Condé Nast has issued a major update to the iOS app for Epicurious, bringing the app up to version 5.0.

What’s New in Version 5.0
We went away and spent the last couple months fixing some bugs. A lot of bugs. Like all of the bugs we could find. So, if you’re a fan of improved performance and stability? You’ll love this build. And if you’re taking great pictures of the food you’re cooking from the app, we want to know about it. Just use the hashtag #cookit. Thanks for supporting us!

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