Only a day out of the gate, our new Reuters News App shot to the No. 1 slot for free news apps in the iTunes App Store in the U.S., and earned the title of “Editor’s Choice.”
The new app was designed from the ground up expressly with the mobile user’s news consumption habits in mind, focusing on putting news stories into context with a rapid flow of news, analysis and market data. That means Reuters articles will be part of a news stream surrounded by the latest related content—from background articles to photography and video to social media—giving users access to a more complete story than they’ve ever experienced. And with this app, our unique wealth of financial data, graphs and charts is just one tap away.
Since news moves quickly, this app is designed to respond instantly with notifications when important updates arrive with simple scrolling gestures revealing the latest information.
In the course of investigating a complaint by a woman about harassing emails, the FBI discovered an affair between Paula Broadwell and CIA Director David Patraeus. Today’s graphic is a timeline of events related to the resignation of Petraeus, according to U.S. officials, public statements and other sources.
Skyfall, this year’s addition to the James Bond movie franchise, marks half a century since the release of ‘Dr No’, the first feature film to feature British Secret Agent 007.
08 Nov 2012John Entwisle
Ian Fleming was the man behind Bond. Born in 1908, he died in 1964 at the age of 56.
From 1945 to 1959, he worked as Foreign Manager for Kemsley (later Thomson) newspapers. But early in the 30s, when still a young man, he was a Reuters journalist.
Fleming never forgot his time with Reuters. He frequently recalled those years in interviews, describing the British newsagency as “a very good mill”. “The training there gives you a good, straightforward style” he said.
In February 1988, retired Reuters journalist, Basil Chapman, wrote an excellent account of Fleming’s time with the company for its then house-magazine ‘Reuters World’.
Some products are fairly straightforward to execute. Others, like the one I’m going to talk about today, take you on a roller coaster of emotions. I remember first talking internally about the Wider Image app nearly two years ago, and the fact that it has launched just recently tells you that nothing about it was particularly easy. (more…)
‘The dead are knocking on the doors of Unter den Linden………’
31 Aug 2012John Entwisle
During the last days of the war in Europe – in April 1945 – the story goes that Adolf Hitler had a Reuters teleprinter in his bunker below the Reich Chancellery in Berlin. He also had a radio-set which could receive the BBC. Hitler was said to have learnt while in the bunker that the Russians had entered the city and that Gestopo Chief, Heinrich Himmler, had offered to surrender to the Western Allies. How plausible is this picture?
We just launched the Reuters 2012 Olympics app – this has truly been a labor of love, collaboration, hard work, and fun. I remember when I first proposed this idea last fall to some of our colleagues in New York and London following a meeting I had taken with the CIO of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). I would really like to thank the London team for their “go-for-it” attitude.
Reuters has fewer rights it can exploit – specifically with regard to video content. We’ve had to be very clever to think about what we can show, how we can show it, and how we can think about using some interesting pieces of technology to give the app some unique capabilities. The app was built by our recently acquired Apsmart team, led by Rahul Powar. You’ll see some very cool features that they’ve included in this app including pinch and zoom infographics on certain pictures and sharing of images on AppleTV. We targeted only the iOS platforms out of the gate for one big reason: it enabled us to collaborate with Apple’s user interface evangelists and deepen the working relationship we have with them. Some great work was done by our preferred external design agency Great Fridays (who also did the UI work on Convene) in partnership with Marine Leroux and Daniel Lewington from our side. (more…)
Last week we launched the Reuters Olympics London 2012 mobile app. Now available in the iTunes store for the iPad and iPhone, the app will showcase Reuters award-winning photography from some of the world’s best photographers. It will include subtle editorial content, medal tables, event schedules and results beginning with the Olympics Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 27.
“I’m really excited about the opportunities this app presents for customers,” said Robert Schukai, global head of Mobile Technology. “Congratulations to all the partners who contributed to the development including the Global Mobile, Technology and Reuters Editorial and News teams.”
The Olympics app will feature:
A stunning, interactive Olympics experience with ability to select events and manage alerts according to your preferences
A constant stream of contextual info on events, venues and athletes at your fingertips leading up to and during the event
Ability to monitor events results with live data as they happen
View of top photos of the day
Unique, high-quality multimedia coverage of all the action, mix of high resolution imagery, articles and photographer blogs
Integration with social media such as the:
Facebook Open Graph that allowsintegration with Facebook timeline, news feed and ticker
Apple AirPlay™ that allows you to wirelessly stream the App to your HDTV via Apple TV