April 4, 2017 Last Updated 4:15 pm

Media app updates: Mag+, Scribd, Inkling update platform apps

Amazon brings Alexa to the iPhone via its iOS app (which also works on the iPad and Apple Watch, but no mention is made of Alexa arriving for those devices)

The list of media apps updated so far this week isn’t long, but there are some updates to publishing platforms, of interest to both magazine and book publishers.

Mag+: The Mag+ Designd Reviewer app, used to preview new digital editions, has been updated. The company is good to list the changes, rather than simply say “bug fixes” – though they say that, too. “Updated XML Parser, Added new navigation option to disable swipe, and External link scheme update” are the three changes mentioned specifically. This brings the reviewer app up to version 6.6.2.

Scribd: The eBook platform has brought their reading app up to version 7.4.0 and have redesigned the home page of the app. The library is now called “Saved” and there are bug fixes, as well.

Inkling: The other platform update is simply for bug fixes. The eBook app is now at version 4.3.3.

Other updates:

Amazon has made a major update to its iOS app and brought in Alexa to the iPhone (but not the iPad or Apple Watch?). “Say hello to Alexa on iPhone!” the app descriptions states. “Tap the mic icon and ask Alexa to play music, shop, tell jokes, read Kindle Books, control smart home devices on the go and more. Enjoy our latest update where we have fixed some bugs and improved our app to provide you a seamless shopping experience.”

The Times of London app (it is called The Times & The Sunday Times in the UK) has been updated to add a log out function, and storage used by the app has been reduced. This brings the app up to version 5.2.5, and it is interesting to note that the US app tends to get the updates before the UK version, so expect that app, still on version 5.2.4, to get an update later this week, as well.

NYT VR: The New York Times’ virtual reality app has gotten a bug fix update.

Dow Jones: The publisher has updated its app for Barron’s. The update has enhanced the search with Market Data and changed the advertising in the iPad version, making they “less disruptive.”

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