Live Tile News – Update


Utilising the excellent BBC news feeds this app provides up to 8 live tiles showing the latest news split by topic.  With regional variations for the UK, USA and Australia the app automatically picks up the region from your phone and presents the most relevant news to you. 

The innovative Panoramic display presents two images of recent news with the option to ‘flip the tile over’ with a flick of the news stack (an interesting variation on the standard scrolling Listbox)


What is “App Aid” and what is a “ChApp”?

The term ChApp comes from the two words – Charity & App.  It means that all or a part of the proceeds from this app will go to charity. Multiple ChApps combine into the concept of “App Aid” 

NB In the case of this app proceeds will be split evenly between :

1. Alexheimer’s Society (

2. Parkinsons UK (

3. Multiple Sclerosis Trust (

Where does the money come from?

Initially proceeds will come from the non intrusive advertising within the App with a ‘non-ad’ version of the App allowing users to donate all the proceeds from their purchase (the 70% portion that goes to the apps developer) to the 3 charities above.



5th January 2012 – Update.

3 Days ago I submitted the latest update to Live Tile News, including an option to donate by purchasing a paid version of the App.

This update was largely in response to excellent feedback from the development community (Particular thank you Channel Niners and MVP Joost):

“Inconsistent approach to the Panorama interface”

I have consolidated individual panorama pages and created a consistent approach to the headings.

“The fluid flow of the app is broken when navigating to the ‘more apps’ page.

The original idea of the dialog hat pops up before navigating to the more ‘apps page’ was designed to allow users to skip the page should they wish. However I recognise that this breaks the ‘fast & fluid’ doctrine and I have removed the dialog from this release.

“I would like to be able to pin tiles to my homepage from the originating page rather than from a dedicated page.”

You can now pin and remove tiles by dragging down and holding the relevant feed (this replaces the option to refresh individual feeds which was felt to be an unnecessary feature).

In addition there are a number of minor bug fixes which should go to improve the overall application.

NB The donation version of the App can be downloaded here, once it progresses through Microsoft’s App QA process.

Thank you for your support.


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