|5.0 / 5 - 3 Votes||
File Size: 793.41KB
Developer: BBC Worldwide
Fine, balanced reporting: check. Clear, grammatical, properly spelled & punctuated prose: check. (Getting hard to find in Leftpondia. Bless the Beeb.) Easy navigation: check. Customizable topics focus: check. Readable font: not so much. I don't know what the font is called, but it makes me squint. It looks very stylish and modern; 20 years ago I might have loved it. But the sans serif font is so fine-lined as to appear pale gray on the white background, a low-contrast combination that strains the eye. I searched in vain for controls to adjust the display. I followed the app support link, but was directed to use my iPad’s controls. Well, really. I already did that and I’m still having trouble. Besides, iPad’s “smart invert” option screws up photos. Ironically, when I read about a playground for kids with disabilities, the text display was in a nice bold white font on black ground—very high contrast and so easy to read! Now why not let me choose that all the time?In a perfect world, I would also get to choose specific fonts (Bookerly, anyone?), foregrounds, and backgrounds. (I am fond of yellow on navy blue, but your mileage may vary.) Someday....So, developers, you lose two whole stars for making it hard for me to use your otherwise five-star app.
This app focuses mostly on the distressing news throughout the world. It repeats it ad nauseum. There is so much news out there, it would be good for this app to broaden its horizons. It gives a bit of news from the most "noisy" places (repeatedly), but fails miserably in wider coverage. If it's not bad news, this app doesn't cover it. Except of course for the little Royals. Now that's cute. The main problem that I have with it is that if you want to read one of the stories and you happen to be way down in the column on the story, when you finish reading it and go back to the column it puts you all the way back up to the top of the column instead of where you were. That is extremely frustrating have to go all the way back down to the bottom of the column where you were!!!
In the past year American news has become so focused on Donald Trump and celebrities that I just straight up gave up watching any news. Im so thankful I finally found this app to stay informed on news from all over the world. Of course a little Trump gets in but that's the world we live in. You can customize what areas of the world you want to see news from so you can stay informed on Africa, the middle East and Latin America. I also don't feel like there are hidden political opinions behind the stories. This is the first review I've ever actually taken the time to write I usually just hit ignore when it asks me to.
The BBC News brings you the latest, breaking news from our trusted global network of journalists. Includes. My News is a newly introduced feature allowing you to personalise your news offering. Add topics wherever you see the + icon for a quick route straight to the stories you care about. Stories from topics you add will appear in your personalised My News feed. Here you can order stories by topic or time, and use the Manage Topics screen to stay on top of the news of the day. You can also switch the My News by Topic screen to a more traditional carousel view from the Settings screen. Find content fast. The app can suggest topics based on stories you've recently viewed and what's in the news now. And you can quickly find topics that interest you using the Topic Search. Choose from the familiar list of BBC News indexes such as Business, Technology, Entertainment and Health, or search for your own subjects of interest, whether they're people, places, things or themes. More of the news you care about. We now offer a fuller selection of stories from the newsroom, including: Most Read and Most Watched. Keep on top of popular stories across the BBC, regularly updated throughout the day. Live BBC World Service Radio. Expertise and insight from our journalists available 24-hours a day and ready to listen to in the background as you browse. Read the best journalism from BBC correspondents. Access to our full range of video and audio. Photo galleries and full-screen images. Apple Watch Support: Story summaries, glanceable headlines and breaking news alerts delivered straight to your wrist. Other features: Push notifications for breaking news stories. Video over cellular and wifi. Improved offline experience. Download the latest stories when you have a signal and then read them at your leisure. Viewing modes. On iPhone see more stories per index by choosing 'Compact layout' from the Settings screen. Settings to allow the app to automatically update in the background. Share stories to your social networks, or email/SMS to a friend. Support for dynamic text. The app will respect the font size in your device settings so you can increase or decrease the story text size as suits your preference. Related stories, related topics. Go deeper into a storyline with suggestions for further reading and viewing and a range of topics related to each story. If you choose to receive push notifications, a unique identifier relating to your device will be stored by ProcessOne on behalf of the BBC to provide you with the service. No other personal data relating to you (such as a username or email address) is processed. The BBC will keep your information secure and not share it with anyone else in accordance with the BBC's Privacy and Cookies Policy, available at http://www.bbc.com/privacy/. You can choose to unsubscribe from push notifications from your device's Notifications screen: locate the BBC News app icon from the list and turn off 'Allow Notifications'.
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