WRAL Digital Launches All-New App Design

Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C. (DMA 27) today announced that its WRAL News app, “the first mobile app from a local U.S. TV station, has been completely rebuilt and redesigned to give users more control over the content that is most important to them.” The new app puts users in the driver’s seat […]

News Apps Are Making A Comeback

The Reuters Institute’s annual report on digital news contains some surprises. More young Americans are paying for news.

Apple’s News App: What We Know

Apple’s new News app will launch as part of a free software upgrade to iPhones and iPads later this month. Here’s a rundown of what’s known so far about the free app’s content, functionality and privacy, along with how participating publishers will be making money from it.

DMA 25 (RALEIGH, NC)

WRAL Unveils Redesigned News App

Capitol Broadcasting’s Raleigh, N.C., CBS affiliate loads its flagship app for Android and iPhone with new and expanded local news, weather, sports and politics features.

Watchup Raises $2.7M In New Funding Round

News app Watchup has raised $2.7 million in a new round of funding, led by Tribune Media and with participation from the McClatchy Co. Adriano Farano, Watchup’s co-founder and CEO, says the funding round signals a move to include more local video content in the app, which aggregates online videos that can be pieced together into customized newscasts for its users.

The 10 Most Disruptive News Apps Of 2012

Publishers, in particular broadcasters and newspapers, were quick in releasing apps for the first-generation iPhone and Android handsets, but 2012 was remarkable for the number of great mobile apps that were developed to disrupt news consumption.

NowThis News Video App Goes Live

APPCHECK: TAPTU

Aggregator Lets Users Be News Director

Taptu lets users select from more than 200,000 news streams — ranging from coverage of presidential politics to cuddly kittens — and use its mixing board-like interface to “DJ the news.”

DMA 3 (CHICAGO)

WGN Chicago Launches Smart TV Apps, Site

Viewers of the Tribune CW affiliate can now go to googletv.wgntv.com to watch the latest news and weather streaming 24/7 on their televisions, phones or just about any device. The SmartTV site is also available as an app in the Google Play store for Android devices.

Apps Look To Flip Monetization Switch In ’12

The app genie is out of the bottle. Local news organizations have passed the stage of merely having an app and are moving on to the tricky challenge of monetizing those apps, and to do that, they will have to build on the momentum of local mobile search, unlock the power of geolocation and push for better app metrics.

Fox Jackson Trial App No. 1 On Apple Charts

With the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor having begun just this morning, Fox’s 99-cent app today ranked No. 1 among paid news apps on the Apple store. In addition to live coverage from the courtroom, the app provides daily highlights, expert analysis, commentary and timelines. The content is being produced by KTTV, the Fox O&O in Los Angeles.

LOCALYTICS STUDY

News Apps Top iPad Users To-Do Lists

IPad users spend the longest periods of time reading news, according to a new study by analytics software provider Localytics. Compared to the overall average session length for iPad users, apps in the news category clocked in with sessions two-and-a-half times longer.

ABC News Launches New Android App

LSN Mobile Local News App Passes 5 Million Users

LSN Mobile, which owns and operates the nation’s largest mobile news network, reports that its local news app for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry has been downloaded more than 5 million times since it was introduced in 2009, making it one of the top-ranked, no-cost news apps available. That means one in every 60 U.S. households […]

Read All About It As News Apps Arrive

Several entrepreneurs are helping to create a category of news apps that people are increasingly using to consume news and information.