Facebook Debuts App Dedicated to Notifications
Facebook today announced Notify, an app meant to help deliver timely notifications about news, happenings, and goings-on directly to mobile devices. The app lets people follow what it calls "stations" across a broad range of categories, including sports, weather, trailers, news, and so on. Facebook has partnered with several dozen information sources for content and hopes to add more over time. People can create their own list of interests, but Facebook will make suggestions based on the details shared in user profiles. Notifications are sent to the lock screen, where they can be opened, dismissed, saved, or shared. The app includes its own browser for reading web-based articles and playing video. Notifications can be pushed to others via text, email, and Facebook. The app saves all notifications for a period of 24 hours so users can go back to see what they may have missed. Notify is free to download from the iTunes App Store.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
May 26, 2017
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Apple Says iOS 12 Will Be Faster, Work Better On Older iPhones
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.
Google to Power Google News with Artificial Intelligence
May 8, 2018
Google today refreshed its Google News product with new features powered by artificial intelligence. News will scan everything on the web and match what it finds with user preferences and favored sources to create new summaries and suggestions.
‘Subscribe with Google’ to Ease Pain of Subscribing to News Sources
Mar 20, 2018
Google today announced Subscribe with Google, an easy way for people to subscribe to and pay for select news sources. Google has worked with a number of publishers over the last six months to develop the service.
Facebook Tweaks Trending News and Expands Fundraising
May 24, 2017
Facebook updated several of its offerings today, including how it handles trending news and supports fundraising campaigns. Facebook says it has redesigned its trending news function with the goal of surfacing higher-quality content in the news box.