News Aggregator Website Updates

Our FeedHash news aggregation platform continues to revive updates and improvements. Over the past few weeks we’ve made some upgrades to our websites we wanted to let our readers know about.

Our news websites including NewsBudz, Tech News Tube and Gossip Bucket, have been updated with improved performance and speed. Page loads are now significantly faster. Our menu has been simplified with shortcuts to the site list, news feed, trending list and top stories all in a click’s reach.

Article pages now show a list of the days and month’s top trending articles. Another new addition is the list of top stories, which can be scrolled along the sidebar.

Lastly our mobile versions have been improved as well so when you browse on a phone or tablet our pages adapt faster and provide full screen images on smaller screen devices.

Have any personal feature requests or other ideas? Feel free to drop us a line and let us know anytime.

deGeo the Photo Geotag Remover Is Now Free

Our award winning Photo geotag remover for iPhone and iPad, deGeo Photos, is now free. The app is now available as a free download with full functionality and no in app purchase or ads.

deGeo allows you to simply remove the hidden details and personally identifying metadata before sharing photos online. You can read more about this privacy protecting app on its product page. The app also allows users to view all of the photo metadata and location details on a map.

For taking new photos without geotags, deGeo’s sister app, deGeo Camera, remains a .99c download.

As deGeo is an older app last updated for iOS 9, there may be some issues related to users who store photos with an iCloud library. The app is also not optimized for larger screens however its core functionality remains intact.

Tech News Tube App Hits v7

The tech news aggregator app that aggregates the aggregators has also received the version 7.0 treatment. Now available in the almighty iOS App Store, Tech News Tube is a free tech news feed app. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of news.

Highlights in v7 include a UI refresh with a focus on clearer headlines and imagery. You can also now enable an automatic dark mode for easier night time reading.

Grab the app here.

Gossip Bucket v7 Has Hit the App Store

GlassWave’s celebrity gossip aggregator app version 7.0 is now available. This update brings some new UI improvements with a focus on larger headlines and clearer imagery.

v7 also introduces automatic dark mode, when enabled in the app settings, Gossip Bucket will go dark when the sun goes down in your local area to reduce eyestrain at night. You can read more about how it works in this post.

Gossip Bucket v7 is a free download from the App Store.

MacHash News App Version 7 Released

GlassWave has released version 7.0 of our popular MacHash Apple news app. MacHash aggregates the best of the Apple news and rumor web into one news stream.

MacHash v7 brings a new headline focused design that delivers improved readability. Headlines are always shown in full and are now much more scannable as you scroll through your daily Apple news fix. Improved image clarity also brings a nice effect and aids visual scanning glanceability.

The other main new feature in this update is automatic dark mode. When enabled MacHash will use your broad location to determine approximate local sunset and sunrise times in your area. If it is dark outside, MacHash will automatically enable dark mode and go back to the light theme when the sun comes back up. It can still be toggled manually if you prefer.

How Auto Dark Mode Works
We ask for your location at the weakest range (within 3 kilometers) so as to not need to fire up the GPS sensor in order to save battery. This location is already stored by the phone when it is connected to a cell tower, so only already stored data is passed to the app. We borrowed this technique from Instacast, so if you’re a developer check out the open source code for a peak at how we make the switch happen.

Also new in dark mode is that we now use a true black background in dark mode for better dark mode contrast and battery performance on OLED displays.

Version 7 brings support for the latest devices including the new iPad Pro models and the iPhone XS Max and XR.

Version 7 also includes a number of bug fixes including a remedy for the post light mercury 500 error so if you had an issue with the reader mode before, it will no longer fail to load an article. We also had to remove some Twitter functions due to Twitter Inc discontinuing their iOS SDK and related APIs.

MacHash News is available now and is a free download from the App Store.

Action Tasks iPhone To Do List Updated

GlassWave has released version 4.2 of our iPhone to do list app, Action Tasks. The update includes support for the latest iPhone models (iPhone XS, XS Max & XR), new GlassWave branding as well as some minor bug fixes.

Featuring action sounds and force feedback when you check items off your list, Action Tasks is a simple to do list app that makes completing tasks a little more fun. Usually a .99c download, the app will be available for free in the App Store for a limited time.

Stock Quotes on MacHash, NewsBudz & Tech News Tube

We have added a stock quote widget to a few of our news sites.

Visitors to MacHash can now keep tabs on Apple’s stock price right from the homepage.

Readers at NewsBudz can follow a selection of cannabis stocks that have recently debuted on the NYSE and NASDAQ while folks browsing Tech News Tube can keep tabs on many of the major tech stocks as well.

Look for the stock widget in our right sidebar section. Market quotes are provided by IEXTrading and are a snapshot of the share price throughout the day. The quotes may be delayed by up to 20 minutes due to server caching. You can click on the daily change number to view the day’s percent change and total company market capitalization.

News Aggregator Website Updates

Our news aggregation websites have recently been updated with an improved experience and other significant advancements. Of particular note is our improved menu bar and trending sections and we’ve also made some enhancements to each sites color scheme and overall readability.

GlassWave Menu shortcuts
On our news sites, such as EcoTopical, Gossip Bucket and Tech News Tube, you can now tap on the GlassWave circle logo in the main menu to easily jump to any one of our news sites.

SSL Support
For improved privacy all of our sites are now being served via an SSL secure https connection. This helps prevent ISPs and some ads from tracking and seeing what you are reading online and offers other performance and security benefits.