May 4, 2017 Last Updated 11:37 am

Media odds and ends: Waiting on News Corp; media app updates

News Corp-owned Realtor.com’s app was updated to add new search filters, as well as new ways to sort listings; and newsstand apps for Texture and Kobo get bug fix updates

The latest batch of newspaper earnings reports, with the exception of NYTCO’s, have been less than encouraging. But next week News Corp releases their third quarter report and it may end up being a worth comparing it to what has been released this week.

There are two big differences with News Corp versus many other newspaper companies. First, though News Corp, too, went through a split, with TV and film becoming the separate 21st Century Fox, the new News Corp is still diversified. Inside the new News Corp is Harper Collins, for instance. Also, the company has added digital real estate services, a side of the business that in its last earnings report was able to report 16 percent growth.

The second difference is that News Corp was spun off without debt. In fact, Rupert Murdoch started off the publishing company with $2.6 billion in cash.

In its last report, News Corp showed that same weakness as other print companies, reporting that its News and Information Services division saw its revenue fall 7 percent. This division is mostly made up of the company’s newspapers, including holdings in the US, UK and Australia, but also News America Marketing. In other words, even in this division there are diversified holdings.

There is a lesson in there somewhere.


One of News Corp’s properties is Move, which publishes Realtor.com. Their app was among those updated in the past 24 hours.

The updates:

Move, Inc.: The app for Realtor.com — Realtor.com Real Estate — has been updated to version 10.4 and contains new search filters, as well as new ways to sort listings, including by open house date.

Guardian News and Media Limited: The Guardian has two iPad apps, one is simply called The Guardian which mirrors the website and also works on the iPhone. The one updated today is called The Guardian and Observer daily edition and is the one released exclusively for the iPad. Having said all that, this update is only for bug fixes.

Two bug fix updates for digital newsstand apps: Texture has updated its digital magazine newsstand app to fix a crash bug impacting some iOS8 and iOS9 users; while the Kobo Reading App for eBooks has been updated for bug fixes and to add a new sort by dates mechanism.

MLB.com: MLB.com At Bat update involves upgrades for its Apple Watch support.

ScrollMotion, Inc: The relatively new Ingage – Interactive Presentations app has been brought up to version 1.0.9 and now allows for the creation of stories from a ready-made template, and added a “kiosk mode reset timer” allowing for the resetting of a story after a period of inactivity.

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