Last week we launched Digg Video, a new section dedicated to the best and most interesting video content on the Internet. It’s the Digg you already know and love, in video form.

Today we’re happy to announce the addition of Digg Video to our iOS app, available for iPhone and iPad. Now you can take all the great videos from Digg wherever you go.


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Digg Android users, don’t worry – we’ll have updates featuring our new video offerings available shortly.

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Digg for iOS, now with Digg Video, available on the App Store today.


- Rob Haining

 

Over the past year or so we’ve noticed something: people like watching videos. People really, really like watching videos.

In fact, since we relaunched Digg two summers ago, our Video tag has consistently garnered more traffic than any other. Apparently the world is even more bored at work than we knew.

In order to meet the growing demand, we’re proud to announce that we’ve launched Digg Video, a section of Digg solely dedicated to collecting and promoting the best and most interesting video content on the Internet. It’s the Digg you already know and love, just in video form.

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And for our iOS and Android users (which you all should be), don’t worry – we’ll have updates featuring our new video offerings available shortly. 

We can’t stress enough how thankful we are to our loyal readers. None of the things we’ve accomplished in the last fifteen months would have been possible without you. We’d also like to give a big thanks to Squarespace, a valued partner and the sponsor behind the Digg Video launch.

So, why not blow off whatever it is you have to do the rest of today and take in some good videos? We all know you deserve a break.

- The Digg Team

P.S. You can also keep up with Digg Video on Twitter and Tumblr.

If you use Google’s Chrome browser, Digg Reader just got a bit more useful. Head to the Chrome Web Store and install the Chrome extension for Digg Reader. It’s got three simple features:

  • Tells you when you’ve got unread items, and how many.

  • Lets you add the web site you’re currently viewing to Digg Reader with a single click.

  • Opens Digg Reader in a new tab with one click.

We’d love to hear your feedback and feature requests for future versions.


-Jon Ferrer


 

If you use the Digg app on your Android device, you’ll notice a shiny new update over the next few hours. The big improvement is the option in Digg Reader to see only your unread items, and folders and feeds with unread items.  For many users — especially those who range between the web, a phone, and/or a tablet — it’s an essential feature. It’s now baked into Digg Reader everywhere you might encounter it.

Oh, and: The update also includes a ton of bug-fixes. You should notice a faster, smoother, zippier app. (Heartfelt thanks to everyone who submitted a bug report!)

We’re already hard at work on the next round of Android improvements. We’d love to get any feedback or feature requests you might have.

How To Keep Up With All The Government Shutdown News
Whether you’re cheering, jeering or just a devoted fan of colossal train wrecks, the news and developments out of D.C. are coming fast and furious.  We’ve pulled together 16 obsessive sources — left, right, center and other — with great coverage of the unfolding U.S. government shutdown.  Add them all to Digg Reader with one click, or choose the ones you want to follow.

(Image: Flickr: NPCA Photos)

How To Keep Up With All The Government Shutdown News

Whether you’re cheering, jeering or just a devoted fan of colossal train wrecks, the news and developments out of D.C. are coming fast and furious.  We’ve pulled together 16 obsessive sources — left, right, center and other — with great coverage of the unfolding U.S. government shutdown.  Add them all to Digg Reader with one click, or choose the ones you want to follow.

(Image: Flickr: NPCA Photos)

We’re happy to report we have released an update to the Digg iOS app with full iOS 7 support, including a couple of interesting new features: Dynamic Type and Background App Refresh. We’re super excited about this release, as it brings the app up to date with the latest technology Apple has incorporated into iOS.


With Dynamic Type, you can set your text size preference once in iOS Settings, then watch it take effect across all of your favorite apps. So, if you crave teeny tiny text or want more content on your screen, we can help you. On the other hand, if you prefer huge text or want to read Digg on the other side of the room, we can help you there as well. And if you happen to have poor eyesight, you can update your Accessibility settings to enable “Larger Dynamic Type.” (To access your preference, open the Settings app, then General, and Text Size; for super huge fonts, open Settings, then General, Accessibility, then Larger Type.)


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Background App Refresh lets iOS determine the best time for Digg to update with the latest content. For instance, if you regularly read Digg at 8 am, iOS will allow us to update some time shortly before then. Unfortunately, if you subscribe to lots of feeds in Digg Reader, we won’t be able to update everything in the short amount of time we’re given. To accommodate that constraint, we’ll prioritize the streams you view most often (whether it be Top Stories, All, Popular, Diggs, Saved, or any other folders or feeds you have).


You may also notice a few iOS 7-related design flourishes, such as the status bar blending in with the Digg interface or the toolbar at the bottom of articles adopting the semi-transparent blur effect. Also, whereas before you could only swipe away articles, now you can swipe from the edge on any screen and return to the previous screen.

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iOS 7 is out now! To update, open the Settings app, select General, then Software Update. To download the latest version of Digg, visit http://AppStore.com/Digg


As always, if you have a suggestion, trouble with the app, or any other feedback, please reach out! Email us at support@digg.com or tweet at @DiggSupport


Much love,

Rob & Team Digg

By far the most common user feedback over the past two months has been some variation on, “Where’s my freaking Android app, you lazy idiots!?” But, you know, with more colorful language.

Well today the long national nightmare is over. Now awaiting your download in Google Play: Digg for Android.

Like the web version of Digg, the Android app includes up-to-the-minute stories from the Digg homepage as well as Digg Reader, all optimized for your Android device.  

Some notable features:

  • Quickly swipe back and forth through Digg’s Top Stories, as well as through any feed or folder in Digg Reader. Choose from either the web view or the parsed text view.

  • Digg or save any story;  send it to Instapaper, Pocket or Readability (automatically upon save, if you choose);  and share to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, WordPress, Buffer, Dropbox, Google Drive, email, text or any other sharable app on your device.

  • Search Digg Top Stories.

  • Sort your Digg Reader items by popularity to quickly see which of your items are the most talked-about on the social web.

  • Log in to Digg Reader with your Google, Facebook or Twitter account.  

  • Search for and add new feeds. Create, organize and delete folders.

  • If you so choose, post your diggs automatically to your Facebook timeline.

This is our first Android release, and we’ll be updating and improving it steadily over the next few months. There are a few missing features we’re still testing such as a “Show Only Unread Items” view, text size and display mode options, and background updating. You’ll see those added shortly, along with other new and bewitching features.

 

Even more excellent news:

Our friends at Wired have put together “101 Signals,” a painstakingly-assembled list of feeds featuring the reporters, writers, thinkers and outlets you can’t – or at least shouldn’t – live without.  It’s really valuable. We discovered tons of interesting sources on “101 Signals” that we weren’t already following, and we get paid to find the most interesting things on the Internet every day.

To make your life even easier, we’ve built a set of one-click “Add To Digg Reader” buttons that you can use to subscribe – altogether, within a category, or one-by-one – to these highly-curated, high-value feeds, both over at Wired and within Digg Reader itself.

Whether you’re just getting started using a reader or simply want to augment the feeds you already follow, Wired’s “101 Signals” is a brilliant list to consider.

- The Digg Team

Ah, the sweet scent of incremental progress.  This week we’re launching more new features and updates for Digg and Digg Reader, as we work to add your many excellent ideas and feature requests to our products.

Today brings three notable launches.

1.  New iPhone and iPad app

Our new iOS app is going live in the Apple App Store today.  Here’s what’s new:

  • We’ve added the “Popular” section to Digg Reader, enabling you to sort any of your feeds in order of their popularity across the social web.

  • You can now choose to see only unread items in any Digg Reader feed.  All feeds have a simple pull-down menu where you can toggle between All and Unread-only views.

  • You can also turn on a new setting to show only folders and feeds with unread items.

  • You can now delete feeds and folders directly in the app.

  • We’ve improved scrolling performance, and added support for Readability.


2.  Digg Reader for mobile web browsers

We now offer Digg Reader optimized for mobile web browsers.  Just point your smartphone or tablet browser to digg.com/reader.  

Digg Reader’s mobile web interface captures the look and feel of our awesome iOS (and soon-to-be-released Android) mobile apps.  As with other flavors of Digg Reader, we aim to make the experience fast and simple.  We’ve baked in full support for embedded HTML5 media from sites like YouTube and Soundcloud.

It’s a beta product, and it won’t work perfectly on some devices, especially older smartphones on less-popular platforms.  Future updates will bring the mobile web experience closer to feature-parity with our other apps, and will expand support for more devices and operating systems.  We’re also going to be building edgier (at least in the context of mobile browsers) capabilities, like offline use/storage and an add-to-Reader bookmarklet.



3. Only show feeds and folders with unread items

If you’re the kind of person who wants to clear through your Reader queue as efficiently as possible, you probably want folders and feeds to appear in the menu only when they have unread items.  Now added, as an option in your Settings:



As always, we warmly welcome your feedback.  Our user forum has a wide-open section for your ideas and input.


- Andrew

PS - You may be asking yourself, “Where’s my freaking Android app?”  The answer is:  On my Nexus 4, right now.  We’re doing final QA on our Android beta.  Coming your way very, very soon.

 

We’re sprinting hard to knock off as many feature requests as possible, as quickly as possible. Today we’re happy to announce that you can now export your subscriptions from Digg Reader.
 
Simply visit the Settings page and click Export.
 
As always, we want your feedback! Check out our ideas page to see which features are on the roadmap and to contribute your own suggestions.
 
p.s. check out this awesome writeup on our tech stack from Fast Company