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Politico Emphasizes Personalization in Its Latest App Update

Politico Emphasizes Personalization in Its Latest App Update | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

All the new features suggest Politico wants to create a more personally tailored news experience.

 

Through the app, I could now choose just to keep updated on the 2012 election, Ben Smith’s new blog, and tip sheets on defense, lobbying, and technology.

 

If I have no need for transportation policy news or Congress, the app won’t pull it in.

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Location, Location, Location: Pulse News Goes Local

Location, Location, Location: Pulse News Goes Local | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Pulse has partnered with several providers of location-based information like BBC, CBS, Groupon, Flavorpill and Patch to add a new "Local" category inside its news app.

 

The app will allow users to discover more efficiently what's happening in their whereabouts on a wide range of topics like news, sports, food and deals.

 

You can download Pulse for free on  iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and Nook:

http://www.pulse.me/

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Record, Note Down, Bookmark and Share: Audiolio

Record, Note Down, Bookmark and Share: Audiolio | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Audiolio is an iPad app that helps journalists record interviews, conference, lectures... and access the recordings at a later time with absolute ease thanks to its bookmarking function.

 

***...you can access any audio files in your iTunes library or from your Dropbox account (registration is separate) and “bookmark” various spots with just the touch of a button.

 

You can also caption the bookmark for easy reference, add one image or sketch to each bookmark and as many notes as you see fit.

 

Each audio file can be bookmarked as much as you want–you can even bookmark the same spot more than once–handy if you’re creating various categories or need multiple references.

 

Once you’re done with a file, it’s saved in a “set” containing all bookmarks for the recording. You can then share that file via PDF, text, or Audiolio’s own file format by emailing it, sending it to iTunes or using Dropbox.

 

Want a crisper recording? Audiolio also supports use of an external mic.***

 

 

While I clearly see the advantages in using Audiolio, especially if you go to a lot of conferences, I am not abandoning Evernote anytime soon.

 

I found it very convenient to have a complete bookmarking suite, capable of managing audio, video, photo and all the stuff that matters when taking notes.

 

Audiolio is cool, but being audio-only, it's not my cup of tea.

 

 

Audiolio is $1.99 on the App Store:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audiolio-audio-recorder-text/id403056408?mt=8&partnerId=30&siteID=uIXydSSmUKA

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"Citizen Journalism 101" iPhone App for Mobile Reporters

"Citizen Journalism 101" iPhone App for Mobile Reporters | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

The new "Get It Right" iPhone app tries to explain citizen journalism to novices, while mitigating the often-mentioned concerns on the reliability of the reporting activity.

 

The free app offers a mini-course in field journalism, and it was expressely conceived with non-technical people in mind.

 

Topics range from the equipment you need on-the-go, to how to verify your sources and break a news the right way.

 

The Global Media Forum developers who created the app say that an Adroid version is also in the works, and translations into Russian, Arabic and French are planned.

 

Download the App:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/get-it-right/id493548833?mt=8 

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Break News On-the-Move with Pro Video: Avid for iPad

"Avid has launched a new video editing iPad app, which it hopes will give Apple’s iMovie a run for its money, and is Avid’s first prosumer video editing app for the iPad.

 

Avid Studio for the iPad enables you to quickly arrange your clips in the Storyboard, make precision edits using the Timeline, and add high-quality transitions, effects, and soundtracks to your movie footage."

 

Source: http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/avid-studio-video-editing-app-arrives-on-the-ipad-02-02-2012/ 

 

"Avid has created an app with the power of a professional editor, yet is easy enough for newcomers. It looks to be a big step up from Apple’s iMovie app, which is strictly for home hobbyists.

 

The Avid Studio app combines a storyboard and timeline interface, where users can arrange clips in the storyboard, then use the timeline for precise cuts. It also offers touch controls not found in the desktop, like the ability to resize and rotate titles with a gesture.

 

To get media to edit, users can capture video or photos within the app, import media from iTunes, or capture from a camera using the iPad Camera Connection Kit ($29).

 

More than a basic editor, the Avid app includes picture-in-picture effects, as well as multiple audio tracks for layering sounds. When they’re done, users can upload their creations directly to their YouTube or Facebook accounts, save them to their computers, or send them to their Avid Studio desktop program for further editing.

 

Other features include 3D animations, transitions, and titles; full title and graphic control; pan-and-zoom for photos; and full screen playback."

 

Source: http://www.onlinevideo.net/2012/02/avid-editing-comes-to-the-apple-ipad/ 

 

The new Avid Studio iPad application is available to download from the App Store for £2.99 or $4.99

More info: http://itunes.apple.com/app/avid-studio/id491113378?mt=8  


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Master Online Storytelling with ProPublica’s TimelineSetter

Master Online Storytelling with ProPublica’s TimelineSetter | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

US investigative journalism news site ProPublica released to the public the code for its timeline tool, allowing all data journalists out there to craete beautiful interactive timelines from their spreadsheets.

 

Sarah Marshall on Journalism.co.uk advises everyone not be scared by the tech stuff behind the tool itself, and encourages to try it out watching these two tutorial videos:

 

Part 1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RvJxb8XKzXU

 

Part 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TVrD1TyKcQ8

 

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Univision Launches ‘Noticias’ Spanish-Language News App for iPhone, Android

Univision Launches ‘Noticias’ Spanish-Language News App for iPhone, Android | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Hispanics, according to Nielsen, have the second-highest penetration of smartphone usage among U.S. ethnic groups, and a news app was just born specifically targeting that demographic.

 

Univision is launching its first news app, “Noticias Univision,” based on the broadcaster’s TV brand and website of the same name.

 

The ad-supported, free app is now available for iPhone / iPod and Android, with an iPad version in the works.

  

“Noticias Univision” is launching in the U.S. App Store only, covering the U.S. and Puerto Rico. There are no plans for further international markets at this time.

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Best iPad Apps for Mobile Journalists

Best iPad Apps for Mobile Journalists | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Here are five essential apps you’ll need to transform the iPad into a newsroom workhorse.

 

The apps are divided into five categories:

- writing

- photo editing

- video editing

- audio recording

- international police scanners

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What Are Your Top Five Journalism Apps for Smartphones?

What Are Your Top Five Journalism Apps for Smartphones? | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

It's almost Christmas and everyone gets their stocking stuffed with at least one iTunes gift card. We're trying to figure out the best apps to spend that money on.

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First Impressions of Google’s Flipboard Competitor: Google Currents

First Impressions of Google’s Flipboard Competitor: Google Currents | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Google has just launched its much-rumored Flipboard competitor, Google Currents.

 

The service is available for both iOS and Android, including support for phones and tablets. But only if you’re in the US (sorry international readers).

 

The gist of Currents is simple: it’s a clean, touch-friendly way to consume your favorite blogs and news sites on your phone and/or tablet. And it looks good — much better, in fact, than most of Google’s other applications.

 

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http://www.google.com/producer/currents

 

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Politico Emphasizes Personalization in Its Latest App Update

Politico Emphasizes Personalization in Its Latest App Update | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

All the new features suggest Politico wants to create a more personally tailored news experience.

 

Through the app, I could now choose just to keep updated on the 2012 election, Ben Smith’s new blog, and tip sheets on defense, lobbying, and technology.

 

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How to Remove Carrier IQ Tracking from Your Smartphone

A developer identified a program pre-installed on millions of popular smartphones that logs data and keystrokes, including things like phone numbers dialed, text messages and encrypted web searches.

 

Trevor Eckhart who found the semisecret program, which he notes is awfully hard to remove, has two apps to help you identify and remove it.

 

The company that runs the program, Carrier IQ, has said it doesn’t read messages or other personal information but tracks metrics that indicate phone performance, such as calls dropped and poor signal quality.

 

Even still, Eckhart created a free app that helps users see if they have the program installed on their phone and another app that costs $1 to remove it.

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Become a Citizen Journalist with Ustream Mobile Broadcasting Apps

Become a Citizen Journalist with Ustream Mobile Broadcasting Apps | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

We have been receiving a lot of questions from would-be citizen journalists so we wanted to put together a guide intended to show you how to make the most of your mobile broadcast and share your story with the world. I encourage you to ask any questions in the comments section and get out there and Ustream!

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Apps for Occupiers Make Organizing, Communicating and Sharing Easier

Apps for Occupiers Make Organizing, Communicating and Sharing Easier | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

The smartphone has been at the center of the Occupy Wall Street movement, just as it has played a pivotal role in the Arab Spring. And while the cameras in phones have recorded some of the movement’s most searing images, a growing number of apps are helping protest participants communicate and coordinate with one another.

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[UK-Only] The BBC News App Lands on Android Tablets

[UK-Only] The BBC News App Lands on Android Tablets | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

The BBC News app for tablets, previously iPad-only, is now available to UK-based users of Android as well.

 

The app divides the screen in two halves:

 

- on the left you can swipe through all the thumbnails of the latest news stories (customizable according to your own interests),

 

- on the right you will be able to read a news story in its entirety, play the videos embedded in an article, and so on. 

 

 

You will need at least Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" and a tablet from 7.1-inces above to download it.

 

This release will probably undergo many changes, as the BBC itself admites to be working on multiple fronts to improve the user experience, mostly

 

- International app suitable for all marketplaces

 

- Live News Channel

 

- Homescreen widget

 

 

If you're a UK citizen, you can download the free app here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bbc.mobile.news.uk

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Read Only the Meat: The Longform iPad App

Read Only the Meat: The Longform iPad App | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Long-articles reading service Longofrm has recently launched its iPad App ($4.99) that aims to help you find again the pleasure in reading long articles.

 

Much like Instapaper, Readability, Evernote Clearly or other similar services, Longform wants to help you grasp only the important info inside a 2,000-words-or-more-long article.

 

Here the full review and pics by David Pierce:

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/1/2762125/longform-ipad-app-brings-the-webs-best-reads-into-one-place-hands-on

 

And also the Masbable review + gallery:

http://mashable.com/2012/02/09/longform-ipad/

  

Info and download:

http://longformapp.com/ 

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Check and Annotate Articles from your iOS Device

Check and Annotate Articles from your iOS Device | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

While most iOS annotation apps only let you markup PDF files, Scribble lets you annotate 35 different document types.

 

So, for example, if a colleague sends you a diagram, PowerPoint deck, Word doc, Excel spreadsheet, or other file, you can draw big red Xs on them.

 

You can scribble notes and add question marks to the document, too. Most importantly, you’ll keep the important approval process flowing without needing a laptop or the native apps used to create the documents.

 

Scribble for iPad is $4 and you can get it here:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soonr-scribble/id496075625?mt=8

 

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Chrome Sync for iOS Syncs Chrome Tabs, Bookmarks and History

Chrome Sync for iOS Syncs Chrome Tabs, Bookmarks and History | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Chrome Sync Pro is a simple utility that could use a prettier interface and more third-party browser integration; for now, it gets the job done.

 

If you’re looking for a way to make your Google Chrome data portable, Chrome Sync Pro is only $0.99 on the App Store.

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Turn Your Phone into a Walkie-Talkie with Blip.me

Turn Your Phone into a Walkie-Talkie with Blip.me | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Blip.me is a free Android and iOS app that turns your smartphone into a walkie-talkie of some sort.

 

You can combine voice chat and text chat into the same minimal interface and have a conversation with whomever you want, using only the data plan of your phone.

 

Other than the fun of it, this app could prove to be really useful to keep in touch with other people while organizing a protest or making quick back-and-forth interviews.

 

Download for iOS:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blip.me-walkie-talkie/id425824493?mt=8

 

Download for Android:

https://market.android.com/details?id=me.blip&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsIm1lLmJsaXAiXQ..

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Manage Your Interviews Seamlessly from Your Computer and iPhone - The Interviewr

Manage Your Interviews Seamlessly from Your Computer and iPhone - The Interviewr | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

The Interviewr allows you to schedule phone interviews, add notes and questions you want to ask, record and store the audio, and upload related files.

 

The service is still in beta and is developing a subscriber service.

 

There is also an iPhone app (priced at £1.99), allowing you to start the interview and playback the audio from your phone.

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How to Use the New Hipstamatic App for Protest Photos

How to Use the New Hipstamatic App for Protest Photos | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Hipstamatic, a super-cool app designed to provide a series of custom "lenses" for the iPhone, has a new group feature that could come in handy for citizen journalists, photojournalists and protesters.

 

Download from the App Store:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hipstamatic/id342115564?mt=8

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Five Things to Know About the New Twitter App

Five Things to Know About the New Twitter App | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Twitter rolled out a clean redesign for its Android and iOS apps today, and while it might seem like only a cosmetic change, some big updates are buried in the new app.

 

 

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Enflick Launches Mobile Messaging App for Close Contacts, Touch

Enflick Launches Mobile Messaging App for Close Contacts, Touch | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Enflick, the developer who created free text messaging app TextNow and IM application PingChat, has released a new app, called ‘Touch,’ which aims to make messaging your closest friends and family easier.

 

With Touch, you can add your important contacts and text them from the app. You can also send photos, see typing indicators when connections , create group chat, see when messages are delivered and read and more. Of course, Touch will face competition from the growing number of messaging apps on the market.

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Ubiquitous Audio Interviews: DropVox

Ubiquitous Audio Interviews: DropVox | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

DropVox is a voice recorder that automatically saves your audio to your Dropbox account, a free service that allows you to store files and access them from any device.

 

The advantage for journalists is the ability to record an interview on a phone or iPad and then access the audio from any computer.

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Blip.me Records Voice Notes on Any Phone for Easy Sharing and Playback Later

Blip.me Records Voice Notes on Any Phone for Easy Sharing and Playback Later | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

If you like recording audio messages for yourself to help you remember important details, or you just want to send your friends something more personal than a text message, Blip.me allows you to record short voice messages and send them to anyone in your contacts list instantly. Alternatively, just record notes for yourself as personal reminders.

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Showcase, an iPhone and iPad App for Creating Audio Slideshows

Showcase, an iPhone and iPad App for Creating Audio Slideshows | Mobile Journalism Apps | Scoop.it

Showcase enables you to use audio or photographs already on your iOS device or take photos and record audio. You can then edit them together and export the video file in a variety of sizes over a wireless network, upload it directly to YouTube or email the file.

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