Saturday, February 28, 2015

Flipboard for Android now serves top stories in widget.

Flipboard is my favorite news magazine on Android. Unlike other numerous news apps in Google Play store, Flipboard has that distinctive feature that lets you flip through your news like you naturally do with a paper-based magazine. Of course there is more to Flipboard than the flip.

Flipboard was updated with top stories now showing in the Flipboard widget. You need to sign up for a Flipboard account to see a selection of stories you can pick from. The latest version version also brings along the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.

Download Flipboard free in Google Play store.

Friday, February 20, 2015

CNN app for Android finally lets users change font size for better readability in a way that s**ks.

To be polite, I'll say it's just funny that it took so long for CNN to bring the ability to change font size within the app. Not only is that useful for any users, not just those with accessibility issues, but it is one feature that you would expect in any news reader nowadays. Better late than never.

This font size changeability is part of an update published today by CNN to it's Android app. While it is a nice addition, it's implementation has to be reviewed though. Let me explain. In order to change the font size, users has to go into the app settings. So, say you're reading an article and want to increase or decrease the font size, you have to tap on the menu buttons on top-right of the app and select Settings and tap "Story Text Size" to change to the size you want. The choices are Smallest, Smaller, Normal, Larger and Largest. Do you see what the problem is?

Since you have to navigate to the Settings screen to change the size, you don't actually get a preview, or even better, a live preview of the size of the text. Your only option is to increase or decrease the the size and navigate back. Here's another problem. Going back does not take you to the article you were reading, but to the app main screen instead. I'm sure some of you will agree, CNN's implementation of the font size change sucks. For those of you in the "disagree" camp, check out BBC's implementation of that same feature and you will probably get my point.

The update also contains the usual bug fixes and improvements. Section headlines will also display time of publication. If that is not playing catch-up, I don't know what it is.

Download the official CNN app for Android in Google Play store.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Pushbullet for Android gets faster and more reliable syncing.

Pushbullet is an awesome cross-platform app for sharing links, apps, send SMS and receive notifications on your computer. This app is a must-have for me.

Pushbullet was updated today with some fixes and performance improvements. Check out the full change log below for details:

  • Faster and more reliable syncing.
  • Fixed bug with Facebook login.
  • Fixed bug with WhatsApp notifications not showing up on PC.
  • Added log out option to settings.
  • Updated translations.
  • Other minor bug fixes.
Download Pushbullet free in Google Play store.

Control audiobook playback from the Library in Amazon Kindle.

Amazon Kindle for Android picked up an update that brings the app to version 4.9.0. Whether you're an avid or casual reader, Kindle is the go-to app for book reading on your devices. And you're not limited to reading, since Kindle also lets you listen to audiobooks. 

In version 4.9, Amazon has added the control of audiobook playback from the library. I'm not sure how useful that is, but I assume it will make sense to "audiobook-phile". If you belong to that group, grab the update in the Play store as it also contains some experience improvements and bug fixes.