Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Morning Brief: Mag+ Reviewer updated; the IHT for iPad gets iOS 6 compliance update; NowThis News drops audio opening; Google Voice app adds iPhone 5 support

While the U.S. enjoyed the four day Thanksgiving Day holiday (except those in retail, that is) many developers were busy submitting updates to their media apps. Yesterday afternoon quite a number of those updates hit the App Store.

Mag+ issued an update to its reviewer app to fix a number of bug issues. Here is what the app description has to say:
Many bug fixes and MIB rendering improvements including:
- A layer minimum height properly calculated
- Navigation teeth and bookmark no longer get stuck on screen after using the sharing menu
- Better handling of inline videos
- Transitions on the B layer should no longer stutter or lag
The International Herald Tribune for iPad has been updated to bring the app up to iOS 6 compliance – yes, that seems a bit late to me, too.
The app is similar to the NYT's iPad edition, of course, and the subscription plan's All Digital Access will give you unlimited NYT access, as well. The basic subscription cost to the IHT for iPad is $14.99 per month, though casual readers have access to seven articles per day from the front section of the app free of charge.

NowThis News updated its universal iOS news app to remove the audio that sounds at the opening of the app. Apparently users complained about that feature.

The problem with audio, video and animations that play at the launch of an app is simply that they replay whenever the user returns to the opening or cover. It seems like this is something that could be fixed by Apple so that developers could program their multimedia openings to play once upon opening and not repeat.

Users of Google Voice will want to update their universal iOS app this morning. The app, Google Voice, has been updated to add support for the iPhone 5, and make the app iOS 6 compliant. The app also will require that users be at least up to version 4.3 of iOS, which seems a pretty safe bet.