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January 13, 2015

Extra, Extra! New CBS Local and CBS News apps for Windows Phone

Keep up-to-date with the latest global and local news with these two well-designed, free apps for Windows Phone 8.1.

I check out a number of news sources (such as MSN News) daily to keep up on breaking news around the world and in my neck of the woods.

If you’re also a news junkie, add the CBS News and CBS Local apps for Windows Phone 8.1 to your Lumia. You’ll be glad you did!

CBS News (CBS stands for “Columbia Broadcasting System”) gives you U.S. news as well as global news and full-length video of top-rated television shows including “Sixty Minutes” and “Face the Nation.” CBS Local is geared specifically towards the U.S. and provides television, radio and online coverage of 23 cities/regions nationwide.

Both apps are beautifully designed, responsive, and provide premium multimedia news and entertainment.

Let’s take a closer look at what you get.

CBS News: Browse and search the latest news from categories such as World, Politics, Tech, Entertainment and Moneywatch. If you’re interested in a specific news story, tap In-Depth. For example, you’ll find 350 articles on the Academy Awards and 256 stories on the crisis in Syria.


The app also includes CBSN, a new streaming-video 24-hour digital news channel from CBS News featuring live anchored coverage.

What I love best about this app: on-demand full episodes and video clips of CBS television shows. Missed your weekly dose of political theater a la “Face the Nation”? You can stream it for free whenever you want to see the latest episode.

In addition, you can bookmark specific shows and articles so you can watch or read them later and share them via email, Facebook or Twitter.

CBS Local: This free app gives you news, sports, weather, photo galleries, live radio and local offers geared to where you live in the U.S. This is the official mobile app for the network of CBS brands, which include CBS Boston, CBS Los Angeles, CBS Chicago and CBS New York.

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I chose “San Francisco Bay Area” and I can scroll through articles and video of breaking news as well as listen live to four local CBS-owned radio stations and watch KPIX, my local CBS news channel.

Tap the weather icon and you’ll get a map and the current forecast as well as hourly and 7-day forecasts. Of course, you can opt to get push notifications of your local news and pin the app to your Start screen

Now that you’ve got the low-down on these apps, be sure to check them out yourself. Then report back to us and tell us what you think of them. Also, which news apps do you have on your Lumia?

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