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[Update] CBC News Releases New App

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Yesterday, CBC News unveiled a new website redesign and along with it came a new app for the iPhone and iPad!  I’m a huge fan of CBC News so I am glad they’re joining many of their fellow news agencies in Canada with an app. The app contains a special edition of The National made specifically for mobile, top stories, regional news and weather, and more.

The App has a lot of great features, including local weather, and the ability to send CBC news stories that you are witnessing.  However, CBC seems to have rushed out this app as there are many of bugs, including a lot of crashing at the moment. Another glaring issue is that the Ads on the iPhone version of the app are incredibly intrusive.  In many cases, the ads will cover the content that you are reading, or even videos you are watching.  

Despite these issues, I’m still excited for this app.  The ability to send news into CBC is a great idea.  If you’re at an event where news is happening, it’s incredibly easy to let the CBC know.  The content is there, and the issues I have are easily fixed with updates. I imagine we will see some updates in the next few weeks.  The app is also being launched on Android and Blackberry as well!  You can find the app on iTunes here, and If you’ve checked out the app let us know what you think in the comments below!

Update: It looks as though CBC has just released an update to the app that fixes most of the issues I mentioned here.  The crashing seems to have stopped so far and the ads go away after a few seconds in the articles themselves.  Good job CBC!

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