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Interesting Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 8th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLE YET INFORMATIVE
Offering a simple place to view news and gossip from many different sources.
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SPUN: City News Review

Posted by Rob Rich on December 24th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Developer: Broadcastr, Inc
Price: FREE
Version: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

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Print media is having a fairly rough time of it these days. Newspapers are suffering, magazines are shutting down left and right, all because of digital content. It’s a shame, then, to think about how apps like SPUN: City News could end up being the final nail in the coffin. Although it’s good news (no pun intended) for the app I guess.

SPUN acts as the area’s local newspaper tucked neatly on a mobile device. It uses location services to determine the user’s city, then fills their screen with recent news items. Of course there’s a bit more to it than that. Articles are divided up into several categories including Top Stories, Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, and Lifestyle. Much like a physical newspaper, really. Each page is actually one side of a cube, and users can swipe left and right between them as needed. They can also swipe down to scroll through older stories to see what they’ve missed. Users can mark their favorites and leave comments as well.

Having a bunch of current local stories on hand is great in itself, but SPUN offers a bit more than that. In addition to all the information, each story is flagged with a location. Any favorites a user marks can also be set to sound off an alert if they come within a certain distance, so if someone spots an interesting item about a new restaurant they can check the handy map that pops up above the story for directions and even get a heads-up once they get close.

It’s strange though, for all of SPUN’s intuitiveness it seems to be missing a couple of obvious features. The most immediately noticeable is the inability to simply tap the top of the screen to immediately scroll back up to the top of the list. Virtually every other interactive bit of iOS media does this, so why not here? And while I’m on the subject, where’s that “pull down to refresh” feature I’ve gotten so used to? The absence of these two interface options aren’t deal breakers, but they’re certainly a glaring omission. And, of course, there are currently only four categories to flip between. No sports, no movie listings, no political section, etc.

SPUN: City News is a fairly ambitious app, and it does what it’s meant to rather well, but it’s not quite up to snuff when compared to its printed counterparts. With a few more categories and some basic interface options it could be quite the contender, though.

Instacast Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By David Rabinowitz on December 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PODCAST PERFECTION
Instacast is a pricey yet powerful podcast app that has just about every feature someone could want.
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Jasmine - YouTube Client Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Carter Dotson on September 26th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A BETTER TUBE
With the official YouTube app dead in iOS 6, one developer has made a replacement that's even better.
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Prismatic: Always Interesting Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Dale Culp on August 27th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LIVES UP TO ITS NAME
Prismatic is an app that does more than just gather up the latest headlines, it strives to find stories that readers will love, and to always be interesting.
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Podcasts Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Kevin Stout on July 2nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar ::
Apple has finally released a dedicated app for podcasts.
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USA TODAY for iPhone Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Greg Dawson on March 15th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TOP NEWS NOW
Featuring award-winning writers, up-to-date news and some of the best photography around, the USA TODAY for iPhone app offers something for all.
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Readability Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Lisa Caplan on March 2nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: READING BEAUTIFIED
It's been a long battle getting Readability's app approved by Apple. Now that it's out, was it worth the wait?
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FOX News Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on January 10th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: WELL MADE
A news app that shows other news apps how it should be done.
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CNN App for iPhone Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Greg Dawson on January 6th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MOBILE NEWS
Watch domestic, international, politics and entertainment headlines and live CNN with a cable subscription.
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NYTimes Election 2012 Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lisa Caplan on December 13th, 2011
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: PAYWALL ALERT
The New York Times has done it again - pay walls and bugs encumber a great idea.
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Newstream Review

By Jennifer Allen on November 1st, 2011
Newstream offers the personalized newspaper experience but with some strange feature omissions.
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Downcast Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Kirby on July 21st, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: UPLIFTING
Despite its name, Downcast can make your iOS device VERY happy.
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iReadG Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 23rd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: IDEAL FOR OFFLINE USE
iReadG is a comprehensive Google Reader based rss news reader but its speed and ease of use suffers for this.
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Drudge Report Pro Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Nitz on January 14th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NEWSIE
News in a timely fashion.
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