Thursday, January 17, 2013

Facebook updates Facebook Messenger as free calling in the U.S. will soon be available; Rogers Publishing updates its iOS apps; more media app updates

Facebook last night had their update to their mobile app Facebook Messenger released into the App Store by Apple. The update fixes some bugs and returns the ability to swipe-right to archive a conversations.

But the big reason for the update has to be that Facebook is rolling out free calling for iPhone users. The service has been tested in Canada and apparently is ready for rolling out in the U.S.

The free calling is, of course, over WiFi, so it will be of limited value to many iPhone owners, but it will be another VOIP services available and will, no doubt, prove popular.

Canadian media company Rogers Publishing has rolled out a series of updates for its tablet and mobile editions. Canadian Grocer, Maclean's, Marketing, MoneySense, Sportsnet and others were updated yesterday and today.
Most of the updates center on fixing subscription bug issues, as well as improvements to the video player and animations.

Other media app updates this morning include ones from NewBsy Media for Broadcasting & Cable++, from Dennis Publishing for Auto Express, and a couple from Disney to their TV apps WATCH Disney Channel and WATCH Disney Junior.

The Disney updates are major as they add in iPhone 5 support, bandwidth throttling, and allow some viewers to avoid having to sign into their cable provider accounts to watch programming – sign into your account in one app and you won't have to do the same thing on another app.