NPR's iPhone app adds live coverage

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Staying up-to-date and in-the-know with an iPhone or iPod touch is getting real, people. CNN's iPhone app raised the bar at the end of September, and now National Public Radio has updated its app with a number of new features, not the least of which is live coverage.

NPR News 1.2 (iTunes link) for iPhone and iPod touch boasts "32 improvements," including the ability to tune in live for breaking news and other special coverage. If live coverage is happening when you start the app, you'll be prompted to tune in. You will also see "On Air" badges next to some shows on the Programs tab.

Other ares of NPR News have received some TLC, including an improved story layout, captions when expanding images, and better audio streaming quality in low-bandwidth situations. Sharing is also no longer just for individual news stories, as users can now share program episodes via e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook.

NPR says it is listening intently to user feedback for this app. It also says version 1.3 is already in the works, and that Push Notifications for live coverage are on the way.

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