Hourly News

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Hourly News is a simple app that plays the most recent news updates from multiple sources automatically when opened. As a podcast app, Hourly News lets to you listen to any/all of the most recent NPR , BBC, CBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, VOA, SRN, RTHK, DW, Marketplace, New York Times, and/or FOX news updates and more. You can also add your own custom podcasts sources to Hourly News! FEATURES —————————————————— • Plays the most recent news summaries • Automatically plays when opened • Plays in background • Responds to remote control buttons • Automatically advances to the next news feed. • Dead simple, easy to use • Works every time • Reorder, enable and disable news feeds • Skip the podcast if already heard • Sync your settings and sources over iCloud • Add your own custom feeds No Ads! —————————————————— Hourly News inserts no ads into the app, but some of the sources place them in their news streams. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to remove those ads. Download Speeds: —————————————————— Like every app, download speeds are greatly affected by your connection (edge, 3G, 4G, LTE or WiFi). Edge downloads might take a little longer, 3G and 4G are faster, LTE is even faster still and WiFi is blazing fast to download the news updates in Hourly News. Questions, Comments or Support? —————————————————— We are dedicated to bringing you the best support! Visit http://community.urbanapps.com or contact us via email at support@urbanapps.com Sources —————————————————— If there is another National or Worldwide source you would like to see added to Hourly News, please contact support. At this time, only sources which are broadcast in English and have a radio or internet podcast can be added. Legal —————————————————— Hourly News® is not affiliated with, or endorsed by any of the included sources. All rights are reserved by the respective owners. Hourly News is a podcast app, giving you access to free publicly available news podcasts. These feeds are for personal use only and are subject to the terms and conditions provide by the news network providing the feed.



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Accessibility Comments

This is a very neat little app that works nicely with VoiceOver. The only quirk is that when you re-arrange your news sources. It will not tell you exactly where you have moved it. However, you can move things around. It just may take a bit to get them where you want it. When listening to new sources, just use the 3-fingered swipe to the left or right to move between them. The number of sources will depend upon how many you have enabled in Settings, but VoiceOver will tell you that you are on page 3 of 6, etc.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

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2 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by AnonyMouse 6 years 9 months ago



Submitted by AnonyMouse on Sunday, April 14, 2013

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What's New in Version 1.5

[ADDED] Hourly News now has feeds which are updated daily. You can see the update frequency of your sources from the "Settings" menu.
[ADDED] Added Deutsche Welle Radio News 24/7 (Mostly hourly)
[ADDED] Added RTHK English News Bulletin (Daily)
[ADDED] Added Mule Radio Evening Edition (Daily)
[FIXED] Fixed an issue on the iPad where two sliders could appear.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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What's New in Version 1.6 - Ability to add your own sources to the app. This feature addition is unlocked with a small in-app purchase. - iCloud Sync added for settings and sources. - Lockscreen/Bluetooth audio duration, playlist info and image added. - Miscellaneous minor bugfixes and updates - Full support for iOS 7.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, December 14, 2013

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This version now allows the VoiceOver users to re-arrange your news sources. In previous version you were unable to do this. The only downside of this is that when you double tap and hold to move. There will be no sound or indicator of where you are placing the source with in the list So another word if I am moving the CBS and want to place this above the BBC. It won't tell you that you have gone above the BBC source. It takes some practice but it is very easy to do. So this is a welcoming new feature for VO users. What's New in Version 1.6.2 ◊ Bug fixes

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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What's New in Version 1.6.3 ◊ Added an "Exclude Played Episodes" feature that will skip the podcast episode if it has already been heard. ◊ Fixed a bug where the app would crash with no podcast sources enabled and could not be opened again. ◊ Fixed a bug where custom source addition could continually ask for upgrade in some rare cases. ◊ Removed the initial auto-subscription to NPR and BBC podcasts on first launch. ◊ Minor bug fixes and optimizations

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