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This is a sad day to write such a terrible review - but the recent changes to Newsy have made what used to be one of the best applications on my iPad, into the most frustrating. I was okay in a previous update when Newsy added full clip advertisements between stories - I'm a business man and I understand the need to be profitable. Not only that, but amazingly enough the things they were selling are the type of things that I and my family buy. This latest evolution though has broken all functionality of the application. Here are my complaints: 1) The stories default to a quarter screen - forcing me to maximize the screen with every news story - every time. What an incredibly frustrating experience. 2) Newsy used to play all the news stories back to back. Hit play on the first one and they would keep playing in order until I was done watching. Again, the full clip advertisements would play every 4th or 5th news story, but I was okay with that. Now - the application plays ONE and only ONE story at a time. Even if i load my playlist and tell Newsy to "Play all" it only plays one clip at a time and I have to back track to the main screen or to my play list to manually step forward to the next story. This alone is a deal breaker; combine it with the quarter screen and it's 0 for 2. 3) a longtime complaint not specific to this generation is the "Newsy Wrap up" - instead of a new take on the stories already on their feed, they just rehash the same stuff - and often play snippets of the exact same clips. It becomes repetitive and boring. This is a nit, but it's an important one I think they've over looked for far too long. 4) another nit not specific to the current generation - the ability to play offline has been sorely lacking; the current generation says you can play off line, but doesn't tell you where or how to access your videos. 5) Glitches - this is my number 5 complaint and low on the list because this is something that I feel many applications suffer from: too much instability in the applications. Even after all the revisions, I still find that my application hasn't or won't reset to the most current stories when I reopen it from a previous session, unless I manually drive it through a cycle change on topics and then back. I'm running the new "New iPad" (most recent generation as of 11/04/12) with the most current IOS updates... and this shouldn't be a common or even daily hangup. That on top of the occasional boot and dump just make this feel sloppy and amateurish. The biggest single complaint - Newsy has ruined what I used to depend on for my news and information. This is now a worthless (though still free) application and one that I will no longer be able to support. I hope someone is listening and making note of the terrible changes and the consumer reactions... and if not Newsy - I hope their advertisers are paying attention. Jason Troxel
Mochaslave on Nov 5, 2012 for Newsy for iPad
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Going backward
Was much better before upgrade now terrible wouldn't play continuously can't back out of the story because it will play again, do you test your features before releasing them? That's not smart
Just another Dude. on Nov 5, 2012 for Newsy for iPad
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Was better before the update
Since update, when in full screen, the next video is deactivating full screen. Very annoying. I sent this feedback to authors, no reaction. Edit: Newsy made an update, now the full screen is not deactivated, but auto play itself is broken. Please fix an otherwise awesome service!
kmichaelaye on Nov 4, 2012 for Newsy for iPad
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Nice McNews Option
For those of us that consume information like a vacuum this is a perfects little format to get just the facts on the top news events. Just with the content was a little more timely.
Syphonblack on Nov 4, 2012 for Newsy for iPad
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Outstanding
Outstanding news source. I use it daily.
Ltitty on Nov 3, 2012 for Newsy for iPad
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Bring Autoplay Back
My lunch time partner; 7 Stars before you changed it. Need full screen autoplay (preferably either way allowing old to newer news). Others express my dismay. Change it!
RaiderMikeF on Nov 2, 2012 for Newsy for iPad
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