Facebook Plans to Send Breaking News Alerts with New App

Facebook has taken an interest in the news business for some time and has pushed to take a piece of the market share since then. We’ve seen it deliver the latest breaking news on the social media platform and from what I’ve seen, the news pushed by the social media giant is really spot-on hot. But now, Facebook wants to send the hottest news straight to your phone.

They are said to be working on a new breaking news standalone app, which is still in its early stages. Once the app is released, Facebook says it will ask you to choose what news sources you like, what topics and get all the hottest news from them through push notifications. All news will link back to the original website on which it was published, but getting a 100 character push notification of your favourite news as it gets published really sounds something of a ‘must-have’ to me.

It is said that the app will have a select number of news websites, which is to be expected, but more may be added after it gets released. Since Facebook wanted to take a bite out of the news market, this new app could really bring them a small fortune. Also, having the ability to select and make deals with news websites will surely increase the social media giant’s capital in the long run, while also making a name for itself in the news market.

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Apple Might Add Transit Maps in iOS 9

Since Google was dropped as the official provider of map data, Apple hasn’t been able to provide users with any Transit data. Word is that the Transit system should have been added in iOS 8 last year, but it was eventually cut shortly before WWDC 2014.

The Transit service is said to give users the ability to navigate bus, subway and train routes from the official Maps app, similar to what other map apps have built into their features. In addition to the latter, Apple is said to alter the icon size inside Maps for users to easily spot airports, subway and train stations.

Apple was faced with a lot of problems regarding the data and small coverage for the Transit feature, so they decided to pull it right before it was announced. Previous iOS 8 betas are reported to present the feature, but nothing eventually landed in the final iOS releases.

This time around, Apple is said to have added more cities, a new push notification feature and perfected its data. This means that we might see the Transit Maps integrated and revealed at this year’s WWDC.

Besides the Transit feature, Apple is rumoured to be working on some indoor mapping project that would allow users to navigate office buildings, landmarks and other indoor points of interest. But the project is still at its early stages, so it’s highly unlikely we will see something like this added this year.

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YO App Used for Notifying People About Missile Strikes in Israel

Increasingly popular social media application, Yo, the application which lets you say ‘YO’ to another friend may seem ridiculous to some smartphone users, but in fact it is apparently used for more complicated things than just ‘yo-ing’ around.

The Times of Israel apparently has stated that some developers are now using Yo as a means of notifying people when terrorist attacks are happening in the country. It is said that the notification will be triggered on all devices using the Yo app and are subscribed to the Red Alert: Israel group.

For those who use Red Alert to stay notifying of such activities probably know that the group even has their own standalone application which sends more detailed push notification about the same type of terrorism activities happening in the country.

Though this may seem useless given that a standalone app for Red Alert exists, it might not be for some users if other countries. The Red Alert standalone application is said to work only when you are in Israel, having a limited audience. With its partnership with the Yo application, users can now receive push notifications outside the Israeli borders, having friends and family abroad notified immediately as on the Red Alert app.

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