News : AP Mobile Review
October 26, 2010 by Ryan Ray
Welcome to the evening news, I’m your host… That’s what we are used to hearing every day on the evening news. Before there was this thing called the internet, or the iPhone and it’s apps, that’s how we got our news. There was the news paper and the evening news on TV. You had to tune in at a certain time to stay informed. With the advent of the internet and mobile phones the news organizations have happily embraced them, and now we can get our news anytime we want. Heck we can even get push notifications on the iPhone of breaking news. It’s great!
So I wanted to cover a few news apps this week, the first we are starting with is AP Mobile. This is the Associated Press’ mobile app for the iPhone, it was one of the first apps out for the iPhone. I’ve always like their apps and the stories they cover, been a faithful user since the app came out! It’s great to see the improvements they’ve made over the past 2+ years. Let’s dive into the app a little here.
Those two screenshots above are what greets you when you open the app. The tab is called My AP. Just under the heading you can browse different topics there. They have other news sections like sports, and wacky news. I like to see the wacky news, it’s quite entertaining to read what some people try to get away with.
Now you’ve selected a story to ready this is what you’ll see. With a free app this is how AP is going to make a little money for their service. Below that you get any pictures from the story and it’s rating. You can rate the story with the star button in the footer. Below the picture is the story. A simple and clean way to be informed. Also at the bottom you can change the font size incase it’s too small, you can share the story, rate, and save for reading later offline. As you can see by the second screen shot there is also a quick weather section. It usually picks up on your locations and shows you the current weather for where you are.
If you were wondering about the local news, they have that too. Another reason to love the app. Under the settings you can put which zip codes, or just cities you want to see the local news from. Sometimes if my local news comes up blank it just needs a tap of the refresh button. And of course under the more tab you can get access to settings, submit news, and more.
Like I said this is one of the first news apps made for the iPhone, and I like it a lot. I use it at least once a day to read the news. I definitely suggest you check it out and then get back to me to let me know what you think. Come back tomorrow and I’ll be talking about another new app for the iPhone.
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