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Globe News iOS app updated to include video, breaking news alerts

Screengrabs showing the homepage and video article page of The Globe and Mail's news application for iPhone.

In one of the most substantial updates to our iPhone and iPad applications since our redesign two years ago, Globe readers will now be able to watch video and receive alerts on big breaking news events.

We produce a lot of great videos every day, from our daily look at what's happening in the market, to a profile of a teacher with a secret life as a hip hop karaoke star.

With the new update, our app now has a dedicated Multimedia section that features video from across all parts of our site. You'll also find videos related to many of the articles you read everyday.

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We are also starting to experiment with new ways of telling stories via our app, using HTML to break away from the app's framework when a big story of feature demands it. You can see an example of this on the World section in the app, where we feature Louie Palu's excellent multimedia series on Mexico's drug war.

This update has a lot of other cool stuff in it, too. Here's the full list of updates and fixes in the new version:

  • Videos on iPhone and iPad
  • News alerts for breaking stories
  • Higher quality images throughout the app
  • Support for interactive multimedia features
  • Galleries now available in landscape on iPhone 5
  • Performance improvements for newer devices
  • Small styling fixes
  • Fix crashes related to offline reading
  • Other minor bug fixes

Take the new update for a spin and let us know what you think. As always, we're happy to hear your feedback on anything to do with our apps, big or small. Drop us an e-mail at mobile@globeandmail.com, or feel free to drop me a note on Twitter @mattfrehner.

Edit: We've received a few e-mails from readers asking about our apps on other platforms. Our News app is available on BlackBerry (and works on BB10, older BlackBerrys and Playbooks) and Android. We also have a Globe Investor app for non-BB10 BlackBerrys and iPhones.

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