News junkies don’t have to worry about missing a beat or a story. Handmark has introduced Express News, a free mobile news app for Google Android-based handsets, which provides users with more than 300 news feeds in eight languages. Users of Express News will find many features that were introduced in the European version of Pocket Express, which was unveiled at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in February.
“We are constantly examining the market to determine where we can provide the most value to mobile users,” said Ted Wugofski, Handmark chief technology officer and GM of Pocket Express. “Express News app is a perfect fit for the Android market delivering the most robust mobile news experience I’ve used on any platform.”
This new app, which is available for U.S. and European mobile operators, includes top news brands such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, mime (by Time, Inc. and American Express Publishing Corporation), BNET and ZDnet among others.
Key features of Express News include:
- Eight-language support, including English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Finnish, and Swedish
- More than 300 news feeds from sources including Associated Press, Canadian Press and AFP
- Customizable news feeds
- Touchscreen navigation
- Updated headlines with full stories and photos
- Ability to cache stories for offline reading
- Shared feature, which allows users to send stories via text or e-mail
iPhone Paints The New Yorker Cover
Back in the Middle Ages a new wave of extremely lifelike paintings were produced. These took realism to new levels, and there is a belief that optics were used, such as a camera obscura. When actual photography was invented impressionism became the rage as artists wanted to add their own touch to what they saw.
This is worth mentioning because artist Jorge Colombo painted this week’s cover of The New Yorker using the iPhone application Brushes. While the handset has a camera, the artist instead chose to “paint” the scene, which comes off as very sharp and dare I say “artistic” rather than purely technological. The New Yorker even has a stunning video on its Web site that shows how the cover was created.
Brushes is available from the Apple Apps Store for $4.99.
Zensify Let’s iPhone Users Get Social
Social networking isn’t just for social times anymore. And if you use Twiter, Facebook or other sites for keeping up with colleagues, then Zensify is worth loading on your iPhone or iPod Touch. This free app allows users to search across the entire social spectrum, and keep track of conversations and topics across these networks.
After Hours iPhone Apps of the Week:
Toki Tori – This isn’t your traditional puzzle game, but this iPhone and iPod Touch title does offer gameplay that can be just as addictive. In it you control the cute and cuddly Toki Tori, where through 80 levels you simply tap the screen to move your character, while the basic goal is to reach your creature’s unhatched siblings in a limited amount of time. Simple but easy to pick up and play – much harder to put down. Available now from the Apple App Store for $4.99.