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*****App Store Best of 2013*****
Save time and stay informed. Circa is your personal news wire, delivering to you the most important stories the minute they happen, and enabling you to follow those that matter to you so you'll never miss what happens next!
Long news articles and small screens don't play well together. Circa's editors work hard to solve that problem by condensing the news and making it easier to read while on-the-go. Hunting for updates to a story you care about is also a thing of the past with Circa's new feature, Wire. Follow any story and any time Circa's editors have an update we'll notify you, showing you only what's new – no more repetitive reading!
In Circa News 3 we've added a brand-new feature we call Wire. Each day you'll get a Daily Brief that will have stories, carefully curated by our news team, but always up-to-date in the minute you read it. With Circa, you won't have to settle for stale news digests.
Don't work to get the news, let the news work for you! Our editors strive to make the news easier and faster to read, covering the day's Top Stories, and everything from World News to Technology to more Offbeat topics.
• Catch up quick – Never worry about intimidatingly long articles again! Circa's news team boils down stories to just the facts, keeping you informed and saving you time!
• Follow the news – Rather than constantly re-reading articles on the same subject, Circa News allows you to follow stories that you’d like to stay up with. We'll send you push notifications each time a story you follow has been updated!
• Never miss breaking news – Using Circa News is the easiest way to keep up with breaking news. We're very careful about what we consider breaking news, sending you a notification as events occur, then allowing you to follow stories as they develop.
• Get a Daily Brief with all of the most important stories, delivered to you at a time of your choosing.
• Share stories & points that you find interesting via Email, Messaging, or Facebook & Twitter.
• Circa’s news coverage is produced by our own editorial staff from the best sources, which we provide alongside each point if you're curious.
• Every pixel in the app, artfully crafted
P.S. We also love hearing from our readers! If you'd like to send in any feedback, just hit us up at email@example.com and we'll be sure to respond.
What's New in Version 3.0.1
First we want to thank all of you for the amazing feedback we've received about Circa News 3. Hearing just how much people are enjoying Wire has been music to our ears! We've been listening carefully to the criticisms as well, so in a future update you'll see adjustments to the design and we'll also be bringing back the option to browse specific topics! If you'd ever like to give us feedback, feel free to send us a message under "Help & FAQ" in the app's Menu.
We hate bugs as much as you do, so this update is all about squashing those nasties!*
• Frequent sign outs have been fixed.
• App appeared to be freezing, or it was taking a long time loading. No more! The app should be operating normally now for everyone.
• App would occasionally crash when trying to sign in with Facebook
• When sharing to Facebook and Twitter sometimes a “Connection Error” would occur
• Sharing to Facebook will now include an image and headline
• When signing in with Twitter, app now asks for which account to use if multiple accounts are configured with iOS
• Other minor bug fixes
Note: no real insects were harmed in the making of this version.
Great News App
I love the functionality, design, and philosophy of this app. I had tried it upon its launch a few years ago, and while it was ambitious and seemed like a great idea, I found it to be a little rough around the edges. I revisited it recently, and I'm glad that I did.
The concept here is different than a typical fire-hose type news app. You can select your categories of interest, then you can choose to individually follow stories that you'd like to keep tabs on. In a fast faced world, and in an even faster news cycle, it's now commonplace to read a headline and move on. This allows for a way to receive updates with minimal effort in seeking out the information.
From what I can tell in the past few weeks of getting back into the app, the writing/summarization is very straightforward. It gives you the facts in a neatly packaged, smooth scrolling experience. If you're the type to stick to a news service because they combine the content with a slant that makes it easier for you to swallow, Circa probably isn't for you.
If, however, you're looking for a news app that is finally starting to push the concepts of journalism forward in the tech realm, then give it a shot. Circa's features move beyond the typical news app. The ability to customize, follow stories that you find interesting, and concise editing make it a winner in my book.
Thank you to the developers and editors for your hard work!
Great idea, valuable service, difficult interface
The premise of Circa is long overdue: You follow stories you’re interested in and you get push notifications when there are updates. That part mostly works, and is very welcome. The interface, unfortunately, is very confusing. Despite using the app for months and trying to learn it, I never quite know what’s going to happen when I tap. For example: When a new update is pushed out, if you tap the picture, it zooms in on the picture (not useful); if you tap the headline, it dismisses the whole story(?); if you tap the update block, you get to read the update. But the other updates it then shows aren’t dated, so you don’t know if you’re reading them chronologically or reverse-chronologically. They also bundle general news with updates to your specific stories in something called “The Wire,” and the boundary between the two isn’t abundantly clear. Big picture: Great service, but a long way from supplanting NY Times as my main news app.
My favorite news app to date
I rarely review the apps I use - but Circa is an exception as it whole-heartedly deserves a great review. The interface is simple and easy to use. It uses a system I've never seen utilized in other news apps, which summarizes the information in clusters and allows you to continue reading or move on to another article - which is a great feature when you want the scoop but don't feel like wading too deep into the article. The wire is also a nice feature, giving you a list of important news on a daily basis. Finally, I also enjoy how Circa lets you know which articles you've already read (as I have a common problem of opening things twice and realizing the content sounds familiar). Great app all around, I would (and do) recommend this for everyone.